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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Draft Preview: Jackson Rice

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Oregon's Jackson Rice. He ranks in the top eleven in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Rice's profile page on the Ducks' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • Named to the watch list for Ray Guy Award
2011 Junior Season
  • One of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award
  • All-Pac-12 second team (Pac-12 coaches, Phil Steele)
  • Placed 17 of his 48 punts inside the 20-yard line
  • Helped the Ducks rank first nationally in net punting at 41.45
  • Passed for and ran for a 2-point PAT
2010 Sophomore Season
  • Placed 18 punts inside the 20-yard line against just three touchbacks
  • Missed the final two regular season games due to illness before returning for the BCS Championship Game vs. Auburn, where he completed an 11-yard pass on a fake punt play for a key first down
2009 Freshman Season
  • Enjoyed one of the most efficient games of his young career, averaging 43.2 yards on four punts vs. Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, allowing only one return yard and placing three balls inside the 20-yard line … Included was a 55-yard boot which landed on the Buckeyes’ 2-yard line
  • Had a stellar collegiate debut, averaging 43.9 yards on seven punts, including a long of 54 yards at Boise State, to earn his first of two team player-of-the-week honors on special teams
High School
  • 2009 U.S. Army All-American …
  • 2008-09 HS Maxwell Award Winner for best punter in 2009 class
  • Rated the No. 1 punter in the nation by, No. 2 punter by and
  • Averaged 47.6 yards per punt in his senior season

2012: 51 punts, 40.0 yard average, long of 56 yards
2011: 48 punts, 45.9 yard average, long of 61 yards
2010: 40 punts, 42.3 yard average, long of 56 yards
2009: 61 punts, 40.5 yard average, long of 60 yards

Last August, prior to his senior season, Rice noted:
"I wasn't born as a punter -- I actually grew up playing linebacker and tight end. All I can do is let my play speak for itself."

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