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Monday, March 24, 2014

Draft Preview: Bobby Wenzig

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

Excerpts from Wenzig's news on the Hornets' website:

2013 Senior Season
  • named to Football Championship Series (FCS) All-America Third Team by The Sports Network
  • named First team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) team
  • had 24 of his punts downed inside the 20 yard line and another 24 of his punts traveled over 50 yards
  • completed his career at ASU with 208 punts for 8,977 yards, both team records.  He also finished his career with a 43.2 yards per kick average which is second in team history.
  • was also the kicker for ASU and finished with 201 points becoming only the fourth person in ASU history to finish his career with over 200 points
2012 Junior Season
  • two-time All-SWAC recipient, earned first-team honors this season
  • named to the Sports Network, AFCA, AP FCS All-America teams, and the HBCU All-America and College Sporting News HBCU All-America team
  • led the SWAC and ranked third in the nation in punting, posting career highs in punting average (45.6 yards), punts of at least 50 yards (20), and punts downed inside the 20 (24)
  • six-time SWAC Special Teams Player of the Week winner and a one-time National Special Teams Player of the Week honoree
  • also had one rush for 14 yards leading to game-winning touchdown at Grambling State
  • In six games, averaged at least 46 yards per punt, including two contests where he posted a game average of at least 50 yards per attempt
  • Also the Hornets' place kicker in scoring 62 points
  • had at least one 50+ yard punt in nine of 11 games last season
2011 Sophomore Season
  • booted 17 punts of 50+ yards with a long of 69 yards, and had 20 punts downed inside the 20-yard line
2009 Freshman Season (Arizona State)
  • True freshman had a very strong season filling in for injured starter Thomas Weber
  • Appeared in six games...made 3-of-4 field goals and 10-of-12 extra point attempts
  • averaged 57.5 yards on 28 kick-offs with one touchback
High School
  • lettered in football two years and track and field for one year
  • earned Second Team All-State for kicking, All-CIF and All-Valley League Kicker of the Year
  • high school stats include 12 for 15 FG's made, 55 touchbacks and 41-yard punting long
  • had the longest kickoff in high school football in the nation with over 80 yards
  • lists his most exciting sports moments as making a 47, 48, 49, and 50-yard FG in his senior season


College Stats:
2013: 72 punts, 42.9 yard average, long of 67 yards
2012: 61 punts, 45.6 yard average, long of 67 yards
2011: 71 punts, 40.2 yard average, long of 69 yards

Last August, Wenzig discussed having worked with two former NFL punters that hail from Austalia:
"My dad (Bernard) actually got the ball rolling in working with Darren Bennett. He found out that Coach Bennett was building a base in the San Diego area as far as coaching punters and contacted him about working with me. We called him up and he said he'd be glad to help me out. I started punting with him over spring break.  Bennett, along with some other NFL punters, held a huge group session for college players to get our punting and coaching down. Being able to compare myself to the other guys there was a great experience....

Over the past few weeks, I had the chance to work a lot with Mat [McBriar] and Darren, they both said I've shown that I have the potential to get to the NFL. One of the most important things I've learned in all of this is that I'm economical when it comes to punting movements.  The more you can simplify things and not to think so much, the more punting becomes second nature and the more consistent you'll become."

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