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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Draft Preview: Wil Baumann

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is North Carolina State's Wil Baumann. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Baumann's profile page on the Wolfpack's website:

2014 Senior Season
  • set school records for total punts and career punting yardage
  • led the ACC and ranking nationally in 2014 with an average of 45.8 yards per kick
  • In addition to booting 20 punts of 50 yards or more, he also showed an improved touch by having 22 of his kicks downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard-line
2013 Junior Season
  • Holder for placekicks.
  • Posted a career best 49.6 average against Boston College on eight punts
2012 Sophomore Season
  • 74 punts ranked as the third-highest in school history.
  • Tied a career high with nine punts in the win at UConn - despite crazy winds and rain, he placed three inside the 20
2011 Freshman Season
  • One of only six true freshmen in the FBS ranks who started at punter
  • Ranked third in the ACC in punts placed inside the 20 yard line with 21
  • Placed five punts inside the 10 in the shutout victory over North Carolina and named the ACC Specialist of the Week
High School
  • Junior Stats: Averaged 44.8 yards per punt 
  • Honors: Named to the AP all-state team in 2009.
  • Rankings; No. 3 in the country by

College Stats:
2014: 60 punts, 45.4 yard average, long of 67 yards
2013: 67 punts, 42.1 yard average, long of 66 yards
2012: 74 punts, 38.9 yard average, long of 60 yards
2011: 65 punts, 37.5 yard average, long of 62 yards

Last month at NC State's Pro Day, Baumann discussed his punting that day as compared to the NFL Scouting Combine a month earlier:
"Indy wasn’t as good as today, but then again I’m pretty harsh on myself. I’m a perfectionist.  I did all right then, I did much better today....

This is where I’m comfortable. This is where I played for four years. At the Combine, you’re competing against the other guys there and it’s a little more competitive of an environment. Out here you can focus on just yourself — having all the right mental thoughts, hitting your best ball and blocking everything else out."

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