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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Draft Preview: Dylan Breeding

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

Excerpts from Breeding's profile page on the Razorbacks' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • finished his career ranking third on UA's career punt yardage list with 9,387 and punts list with 219, and his career average of 42.9 yards per punt is tied for fourth in school history
  • named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference 
  • ranked second in the SEC and seventh in the NCAA with a career-high average
  • averaged 58.3 yards per punt against Tulsa, punting for 175 yards on three punts, for the highest yards-per-punt average in a game by a Razorback with at least three punts
2011 Junior Season
  • named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the conference’s coaches
  • average was the third-highest single-season average in school history, led the SEC and ranked seventh in the NCAA
  • became the first punter in school history to lead the SEC in punting average and the first to top the conference since Greg Horne led the Southwest Conference in 1986
  • nominated for the Brandon Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on
  • In Arkansas’ 29-16 defeat of No. 11 Kansas State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, he punted four times for an average of 46.8 with a long of 63 and two inside the 20
2010 Sophomore Season
  • placed 18 punts inside the 20-yard line and had 10 of at least 50 yards
  • nominated for the Brandon Burlsworth Trophy and the Rudy Award, which honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their team on and off the field
  • concluded his season with seven punts for a 43.7 average with four inside the 20, including three downed inside the 10-yard line, in the Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. No. 6 Ohio State
2009 Freshman Season
  • appeared in 12 games for the Razorbacks, missing only the Eastern Michigan contest
  • On the season, he downed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line
  • Against Alabama, Florida and East Carolina, three of Breeding’s punts were inside the 20-yard line.
High School
  • At Hoover High School, he was a member of two state runner-up teams under coach Josh Niblett
  • also lettered in baseball
  • As a senior, he was named all-state after he punted 59 times for 2,447 yards, an average of 41.5 yards per punt, with a long of 59. He dropped 18 punts inside the 20-yard line and had nine result in fair catches
  • also handled kickoff duties for the Buccaneers and recorded 20 touchbacks on 81 kickoffs

College Stats:
2012: 53 punts, 45.6 yard average, long of 72 yards
2011: 53 punts, 45.3 yard average, long of 70 yards
2010: 52 punts, 42.5 yard average, long of 60 yards
2009: 61 punts, 38.7 yard average, long of 54 yards

We checked in with Dylan for a look back and a look forward:
"Looking back at my college career, I realize that I have come a long way. I walked on at Arkansas with a hope of just being able to play, and I wound up being a four year starter. Through hard work, I was able to improve as a punter each season I played which I am proud of. I'm also extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to play in the SEC against the strongest competition and to have experienced the things that I have throughout my career. I'm so glad that God has given me the opportunity to pursue a career as an NFL punter. He has blessed me with the abilities that I have as a punter, and I will continue to strive to be the best punter I can be and hopefully I will have opportunities to play in the future."

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