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Friday, March 29, 2013

Draft Preview: Josh Hubner

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

Excerpts from Hubner's profile page on the Sun Devils' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • Set the school record for yards per punt at 47.1, which led the Pac-12 and was second in the nation
  • named to numerous All-America teams, including Lindy's (third team) and Sports Illustrated (honorable mention)
  • named a Ray Guy Award semifinalist
  • earned Pac-12 All-Second Team accolades
  • pinned 20 punts inside the 20
  • participated in East-West Shrine Game and Casino Del Sol All-Star Game
  • named the Babe Alex Demon Special Teams MVP
2011 Junior Season
  • Sent seven punts over 50 yards and had 29 of his 62 punts called for a fair catch
  • Had 24 of his 62 punts go inside the 20-yard line
Scottsdale Community College
  • Was the top-ranked junior college punter in the nation according to Scout.com and one of only four punter prospects across the country at any level to earn a three-star rating
  • averaged 40.2 yards on 41 punts as a sophomore in 2010
  • earned Second-Team All-Region One honors
  • was named Second-Team All-America and First-Team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) after averaging 41.2 yards-per-punt as a freshman in 2009
High School
  • 2009 graduate of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain High School
  • netted All-Arizona honors by the Arizona Republic as a senior...
  • dropped 16 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2008 while averaging 39.4 yards on 46 punts...caught 12 passes for 177 yards (14.8 avg.) as a senior...added 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks
  • earned Second-Team All-Desert Valley honors at punter as a junior in 2007 after averaging 38.2 yards on 17 punts


College Stats:
2012: 52 punts, 47.1 yard average, long of 73 yards
2011: 62 punts, 41.3 yard average, long of 61 yards

We recently checked in with Josh regarding his road heading towards the NFL:
"From day one after the season I began preparing myself for the NFL combine. As a punter that's always something you've got to take seriously because unlike a lot of other positions, that's one of the only major opportunities you'll get. A lot of hard work, a lot of long days, a lot of emotional roller coasters. But it's all great. I love it. It builds character and helps you learn how to overcome obstacles. This isn't an easy road by any means. You know if you think about it, there are only 32 job positions at punter in the entire world, and in order to have one of them you have got to be the best, in fact you've gotta be better than your best, because there is always someone out there who can take your job. That's the nature of the game and the sooner you realize that, the more successful you'll be. My experiences these last few months have been the best ones of my life, and I love living in the moments. And to think about what is next. Mind blowing."

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