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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Draft Preview: Kyle Christy

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Florida's Kyle Christy. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Christy's profile page on the Gators' website:

2014 Senior Season
  • Reclaimed the starting role after a disappointing junior season
  • selected to the All-SEC Second Team by the media
  • Played in the Medal of Honor Bowl after the season in prep for the NFL
  • Had 22 punts of 50+ yards and 22 punts inside the 20 yard line
  • Named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against Kentucky, which included a 45.5 yard average on six punts with four inside the 20 yard line and a long of 61 yards
2013 Junior Season
  • Served as the punter for the first half of the season
  • seven inside the 20 and two 50+ yards
2012 Sophomore Season
  • One of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award given to the nation’s best punter
  • Named to the Walter Camp All-America Second Team… All-American
  • Averaged 45.8 yards per punt to set a school record
  • Was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after a performance against South Carolina that saw him establish a single-game SEC and school record with a 54.3 yard per punt average and a season-best kick of 62 yards
  • Had a punt of 50 yards or more in 10 of 13 games
  • Earned first-team status for the Coaches’ All-SEC team…Named to the SEC Pigskin All-Conference Team…Associated Press All-SEC first team member
  • 27 landing inside the 20-yard line
2011 Freshman Season
  • The starting punter in the last seven games of the season
  • 10 landing inside the 20-yard line
  • In his debut at Auburn, had seven punts for 323 yards (46.1 avg.), including a long of 67 yards.
High School
  • Rated the No. 2 punter nationally according to
  • Converted 31-of-37 PAT and 5-of-8 field goals with a long of 50 yards his junior year
  • Participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in 2010
  • Named AP All-State as a senior and 5A All-State Honorable Mention as a junior

College Stats:
2014: 64 punts, 44.3 yard average, long of 66 yards
2013: 21 punts, 39.6 yard average, long of 53 yards
2012: 66 punts, 45.8 yard average, long of 62yards
2011: 30 punts, 40.9 yard average, long of 67 yards

Back in February, Christy discussed his experience at the NFL Scouting Combine and some advice from a prop punter:
"Just having a lot of fun, pretty excited about everything. A lot of contact from family and friends. I’ve been getting a bunch of texts today, wishing me good luck and everything....

I think I’ve talked to [Indianapolis Colts punter] Pat McAfee a couple times on Twitter. He gave me some advice. I think it was a couple years ago, when I was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award. He went through that too and kind of told me what to expect. He helped me out with that.”

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