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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Draft Preview: Cody Webster

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

Excerpts from Webster's profile page on the Boilermakers' website:

2013 Senior Season
  • Ray Guy Award Finalist
  • All-Big Ten First Team (coaches & media)
  • booted 17 punts 50 or more yards, including a pair of 73-yarders
  • placed 24 of his 70 punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line
  • helped the Boilermakers' punting unit to a conference-leading and second-place finish nationally in net punting (41.7)
2012 Junior Season
  • had 17 punts of 50 or more yards, including a 72-yarder, 20 fair caught and 29 placed inside the opposition's 20-yard line
  • also gained 24 yards on three rushes
  • booted seven punts, including three over 50 yards, and placed six balls inside Notre Dame's 20 in South Bend on Sept. 8 
  • punted eight times for 345 yards (43.1), including a season-high 72-yarder, against Wisconsin on Oct. 13
  • averaged 46.0 yards per kick on five punts at Iowa on Nov. 10, placing four inside the Hawkeyes' 20-yard line
  • punted four times for 155 yards and had two carries for 20 yards in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Oklahoma State on Jan. 1, 2013
2011 Sophomore Season
  • did not record a touchback all season
  • had 13 punts over 50 yards, including a 66-yarder against Minnesota, and saw 11 of his kicks fall inside the opposition's 20-yard line
  • booted four of five punts over 50 yards and finished with 247 yards at Rice on Sept. 10
  • had five punts for 232 yards (46.4) against Notre Dame on Oct. 1
  • booted a season-high six punts for 256 yards (42.7) against Illinois on Oct. 22
2010 Freshman Season
  • Appeared in 11 games as a true freshman ... handled the majority of the punting duties for the final 10 games
  • had 17 punts over 50 yards, including a 79-yarder, and placed 12 kicks inside the opposition's 20-yard line
  • had six punts for 286 yards (47.7), including a 79-yarder which tied for the third longest in school history, at Northwestern on Oct. 9
  • had 280 yards on six punts (46.7), including a 59-yarder, at No. 11 Ohio State on Oct. 23
  • averaged a season-high 56.0 yards per punt as all six kicks against Indiana went over 50 yards, including a long of 65
High School
  • Four-time first team All-Mid Penn Conference punter
  • first team all-state punter and first team all-conference place kicker as senior
  • East/West Pennsylvania All-Star team member (East)
  • booted school-record 72-yard punt against Steel High School on Oct. 9, 2009 
  • second team all-state punter and second team all-conference kicker his junior year
  • first team all-state punter as sophomore
  • also played defensive back, quarterback and wide receiver

College Stats:
2013: 70 punts, 43.5 yard average, long of 73 yards
2012: 70 punts, 42.3 yard average, long of 72 yards
2011: 45 punts, 42.9 yard average, long of 66 yards
2010: 47 punts, 43.3 yard average, long of 79 yards

Last November, Webster discussed his early kicking career:
“People were fascinated how well I could kick at a young age. Our high school would host camps for the surrounding kids. In eighth grade, I was told I punted better than the kids on the high school team now. They told me, ‘You’ll be playing as a freshman'. It didn’t register at the time. It’s awesome, in a way, people could see potential in me I couldn't see.”
During Purdue's Pro Day last week, he discussed the prospects of kicking in the NFL:
“Unfortunately for me, there’s no such thing as a practice punter. It's really hard to get into the NFL. But fortunately for punters, once you're in, they can go a long time....

That's one thing that they might have questions for me — ‘is that something that you only can do? Can you only go left and punt it left or can you stay in the pocket and punt it right?’ ”

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