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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Draft Preview: Anthony Fera

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Texas's Anthony Fera. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Fera's profile page on the Longhorns' website:

2013 Senior Season
  • first consensus All-America place-kicker and Lou Groza Award finalist in school history
  • first team All-America selection from Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association and FWAA
  • earned the College Football Performance Awards Specialist Trophy
  • second team All-America pick by AP, SI.com and CBSSports.com, and a third team All-America choice from Athlon
  • earned first team All-Big 12 honors from the AP, coaches, San Antonio Express-News, Athlon, Sporting News and ESPN.com
  • had a school record streak of 15 straight field goals snapped vs. Baylor 
  • 32 of his 75 punts (42.7 percent - 11th in the FBS) had gone inside the 20 and 41 have been fair caught (54.7 percent) ... only three touchbacks on the season
  • hit all four extra-point attempts, one field goal and averaged 43.9 on eight punts, including five inside the 20 (three inside the 10), against Iowa State ... named honorable mention for specialist of the week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play vs. the Cyclones
  • hit all three extra-point attempts, three field goals, and averaged 40.0 on seven punts, including only second touchback of season, against TCU ... named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the week and honorable-mention national place-kicker of the week by the CFPA for his play vs. the Horned Frogs
  • hit all five extra-point attempts, had a career-high four field goals, a career-best 17 points and averaged 42.8 on six punts, including three inside the 20, against West Virginia ... named a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week, Big 12 Special Teams co-Player of the Week and UT special teams player of the game for his performance vs. the Mountaineers
  • hit all five extra-point attemts, two field goals, including a 49-yarder, and averaged 32.4 on five punts against Texas Tech ... his performance against the Red Raiders earned him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week and honorable mention specialist of the week by the College Football Performance Awards
2012 Junior Season
  • Played in six games ... missed the first four games with a groin injury and was never completely healthy the rest of the season
2011 Sophomore Season (Penn State)
  • Selected as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award
  • named first-team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com as a punter
  • also a candidate for the Ray Guy Award
  • averaged 42.0 yards on 64 punts, with 18 inside the 20 and 12 of 50 or more yards
  • also handled 45 of the team’s 55 kickoffs, with 10 touchbacks
  • was 3-for-4 on field goals and placed three punts inside the 20 at Indiana to earn Big Ten Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors for the first time
  • gained his second conference honor in three weeks by averaging 44.5 yards on six punts, including a 69-yard punt in the final three minutes to pin Purdue at the 1-yard line
  • broke his Penn State career long for field goals twice in the win at Ohio State, connecting from 43 yards and 46 yards, the latter on the final play of the first half, for a 20-14 lead and the eventual winning score … also placed three punts inside the 20 against the Buckeyes to claim Big Ten weekly honors for the third time in seven games
  • punted nine times against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl, averaging 41.6 yards with a long of 55.
2010 Freshman Season (Penn State)
  • Selected a 2010 second-team Rivals.com Freshman All-American
  • punted during the first 10 games, including handling kickoff duties … missed the last two regular-season games against Indiana and Michigan State following an emergency appendectomy on Nov. 17
  • punted 46 times for an average of 41.4 yards, including 13 inside the 20-yard line, 19 fair catches, and nine of 50-plus yards
  • also kicked of 49 times with 19 touchbacks
  • launched a career-long 74-yard punt, the fourth-longest attempt in Penn State history and the team’s longest since 2004, in the fourth quarter against Iowa … punted a career-high nine times vs. the Hawkeyes
  • returned against Florida in the Outback Bowl following his appendectomy, punting three times for a 38.7-yard average with a long of 52 yards.
High School
  • selected as a 2008 Under Armour All-American
  • earned first-team all-state honors as a junior and senior
  • connected on 37 of 39 on PAT attempts and 8 of 9 on field goals, with a long of 58 yards as a senior
  • registered touchbacks on 55 of his 60 kickoffs
  • averaged 44.1 yards on 36 punts


College Stats:
2013: 20 of 22 (90.9%) FGs; 45 of 46 PATs; 105 points
2012: 2 of 4 (50.0%) FGs; 23 of 25 PATs; 29 points
2011: 14 of 17 (82.4%) FGs; 20 of 20 PATs; 62 points

Earlier this month, we checked in with Fera regarding his preparations for the Draft:
"I've been working on a lot of things. I've changed my diet, workouts and even started stretching every day. I really needed to get back into kicking off. It took a couple of months to figure everything out but I'm hitting the ball better than ever right now. Now that the Combine and my Pro Day are over, I'm sticking to my routine and continuing to try and improve myself."

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