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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Draft Preview: Spencer Roth

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

Excerpts from Roth's profile page on the Bears' website:

2014 Senior Season
  • Played in 2015 East-West Shrine Game... 2015 NFL Scouting Combine invitee
  • Averaged 43.7 yards in 49 career games, with 41 punts of 50-plus yards... 
  • Named first team All-Big 12 by 247Sports, Phil Steele and Austin American-Statesman, named second team by AP, coaches, Athlon, San Antonio Express-News and Waco Tribune-Herald
  • Totaled 19 inside-the-20 kicks, 10 punts of 50-plus yards, two of 60-plus, 19 fair catches and two touchbacks on season
  • Had six games with multiple punts inside the 20
  • Totaled three fair catches, two punts inside the 20, a 56-yard long (six total for 41.3 average) and memorable 19-yard rush in win at Texas in fifth game... Responsible for fake-punt run that resulted in 19 yards and first down to keep third quarter scoring drive alive and set tone for UT win
  • Kicked season-long 69-yard punt and had season-high four inside the 20 at West Virginia in seventh game, finished with 44.8 average on career-high nine kicks (two of 50-plus)
  • Had season-high 47.5 average on four punts in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game, kicked two inside the 20 and two 50-plus
2013 Junior Season
  • four 60-yarders, 17 50-yarders, 17 inside-the-20, 20 fair caught and seven touchbacks on season
  • Earned 2013 All-America honorable mention from Named first-team All-Big 12 by league coaches, AP, Sporting News, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News and Waco Tribune-Herald
  • Nailed career-long 72-yard punt and also had 64-yarder, in win over ULM in third game
  • Had multiple punts of 50 yards or longer in each of final six games
  • Set career high with three punts of 50 yards or longer (career-high eight total punts), and tied career-high with three inside the 20, in win at TCU in 11th game
  • Matched career high of three punts of 50 yards or longer and season high of three inside the 20 vs. No. 15 UCF in Fiesta Bowl.
2012 Sophomore Season
  • 13 inside the 20-yard-line, four touchbacks and nine punts of 50-yards or longer on season... 
  • Made career-long 65-yard punt in season-opening win over SMU, averaged 43.2 on season-high four total punts and put three inside the 20
  • Averaged season-high 54.0 yards on punts of 55 and 53 yards in win over Sam Houston State in second game
2011 Freshman Season
  • Played in 11 of 13 games as Bears' primary punter in true freshman season, earning first collegiate letter
  • Named to Big 12 All-Freshman team by Yahoo!/
  • Pinned six punts inside 20-yard line, recorded only three touchbacks and had five punts fair caught
  • Had two 50-plus yard punts in Valero Alamo Bowl win over Washington, a 53-yarder and 51-yarder
High School: Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic High
  • Rated nation's No. 7 punter prospect by and No. 15 by
  • 2010 Class 5A Tennessee All-State selection by Tennessee Sports Writers Association as senior
  • One of three finalists for 2010 Tennessee Titan Mr. Football Kicker of the Year
  • Averaged 40.3 yards-per-punt on 33 attempts and downed eight kicks inside the 20-yard line (long of 72 yards) as senior in 2010

College Stats:
2014: 47 punts, 43.4 yard average, long of 69 yards
2013: 52 punts, 45.8 yard average, long of 72 yards
2012: 36 punts, 43.0 yard average, long of 65 yards
2011: 29 punts, 40.5 yard average, long of 64 yards

Back in January, just before the East-West Shrine Game, Roth discussed his pro prospects:
"I've talked to a lot of scouts already. They say I'm (the) No. 2 (ranked punter) behind the Michigan State punter (Mike Sadler). But I'm not worried about that at all. I'm pretty confident I'll have an opportunity to play on the next level. It'd be nice to be drafted. I'm fine with wherever I go (play)."

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