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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Draft Preview: Bobby Cowan

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Idaho's Bobby Cowan. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Cowan's profile page on the Vandals' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • Idaho career punting average record holder (44.7) as well as total punts (259) and punting yards (11,570)
  • completed lone career pass for 64 yards
2011 Junior Season
  • Ray Guy Award semi-finalist
  • Second-team all Western Athletic Conference
  • Blue Ribbon WAC all-conference punter
  • Idaho College Athlete of the Year 
  • Became just the second Football Writers Association of America All-American
  • second in the nation in punting average with 46.41 per kick
  • 36.3 percent (32 of 88) of his punts were 50 yards or longer
2010 Sophomore Season
  • first-team all Western Athletic Conference
  • Idaho Special Teams Player of the Year
  • Led the Western Athletic Conference and ranked 13th nationally
2009 Freshman Season
  • Stepped in and admirably filled the shoes of departed All-American T.J. Conley
  • WAC Player of the Week after averaging 49.2 yards per kick at New Mexico State
High School
  • 2008 graduate of Evergreen High School
  • all-state punter for three seasons and all-state quarterback as a sophomore and senior
  • had 2,000 yards passing and 20 touchdowns

2012: 70 punts, 43.1 yard average, long of 61 yards
2011: 88 punts, 46.4 yard average, long of 76 yards
2010: 58 punts, 45.1 yard average, long of 65 yards
2009: 43 punts, 43.0 yard average, long of 67 yards

Bobby updated us on his recent training and his experience at the Scouting Combine:
"Since the season ended I have been training non stop. Lifting weights and punting A LOT. I trained in Arizona with kicking coach Gary Zauner for about a month and a half leading up to the combine. I worked out at Zone Athletic Performance in Scottsdale. Coach Zauner really helped me hone my punting technique and Adam Mathis, my trainer at the Zone, helped me lose body fat and get toned. After training hard in AZ it was time for the combine. The combine was just a flat out great experience. Meeting every special teams coach from every team was very intriguing. Plus the bonus of finding out that you're healthy after a wide variety of medical tests. Then it's time to do what you came there for, punt the football. It was great to finally go out there and hit some footballs. The snaps were on point and it was fun to get out there with all those great punters and swing away. You definitely feel the pressure, but the lights are on and so you rise to the occasion and will yourself to perform. Overall, the combine was an awesome experience, a once in a lifetime opportunity!"

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