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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Draft Preview: Scott Kovanda

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

Excerpts from Kovanda's profile page on the Cardinals' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • One of 3 Finalists for the 2012 Ray Guy Award
  • Competed in the NFLPA All-Star Game
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 Academic All-MAC First Team
  • 41.0 career average ranks third on Ball State's all-time charts
  • helped Ball State rank third in the nation in punt return defense
2011 Junior Season
  • Punted a career high 10 times for a career best 424 yards at Oklahoma
  • career-long 72-yard punt at Northern Illinois
2010 Sophomore Season
  • Played in all 12 games . . . earned second letter
  • punted a season high nine times for a season best 343 yards at Iowa. 
2009 Freshman Season
  • Played in all 12 games to earn first letter
  • ranked fourth in the Mid-American Conference in punting average
  • punted a season high seven times in his collegiate debut vs. North Texas in the season opener and in the season finale at Western Michigan
High School
  • tallied 82 punts for a 41.5 average in career
  • named team’s Specialist of the Year as a senior

2012: 47 punts, 40.3 yard average, long of 56 yards
2011: 61 punts, 43.5 yard average, long of 72 yards
2010: 64 punts, 40.0 yard average, long of 63 yards
2009: 57 punts, 40.0 yard average, long of 63 yards

Scott discussed his punting approach from a career perspective with us:
"Ever since I started punting I never looked too far ahead in my career. I always focused on where I was and getting better in that moment. I never failed to have long term goals set for myself to keep me focused on where I wanted punting to eventually take me. But more importantly I focused on short term goals because they are what got me better as a punter. Goals such as being more consistent and and turning more footballs over have helped me become a better punter and in turn make my long term goals a reality. As I prepare for the NFL I am working on the same short term goals I had when I got to college. These goals are helping me become a more consistent punter and will allow me to compete at the highest level."

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