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2011 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - Punter
Florida Atlantic P Mickey Groody
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Posted Aug 11, 2011


CFN 2011 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Punters



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All-Americans & Top Players


2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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CFN 2011 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

1. Quinn Sharp, Jr. Oklahoma State
Sharp has a huge leg and should bang away from deep. He sat out the bowl game with an academic problem, but now he’s back to double dip his duties, at least early on. He’ll work as the placekicker with his main talent as a top punter, averaging a whopping 46.2 yards per kick with 16 fair catches and 15 put inside the 20.

CFN 2011 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

2. Jeff Locke, Jr. UCLA
Locke’s a kicking version of a Swiss Army knife. Not only might he take over at placekicker, but he’s also handles kickoffs and is the team’s punter … and a good one at that. Named second team All-Pac-10, his 45.8-yard average led the league and was No. 5 nationally.

CFN 2011 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

3. Drew Butler, Sr. Georgia
Butler won the Ray Guy Award in 2009 with a 48.1-yard average putting 19 inside the 20, and followed it up with another terrific year averaging 44.5 yards per kick with 19 put inside the 20 and with 16 fair catches. Georgia finished fourth in the nation in net punting, and while the coverage teams provided a ton of help, Butler did his job.

BEST OF THE REST

4. Tyler Campbell, Jr. Ole Miss
Campbell followed up a whale of a freshman season, when he averaged 44 yards per kick, but bombing away for 46.4 yards per kick with 13 put inside the 20. While he put too many kicks (8) in the end zone, he once again showed off a huge leg and got the inconsistent offense out of several big jams. In a conference full of all-star punters, he hasn’t received the credit he deserves even though he led the nation in average. That should change this year.

5. Mickey Groody, Sr. Florida Atlantic
The star of the Owl special teams will once again be Groody, a veteran who bombed away averaging 45.7 yards per pop last year with 16 put inside the 20. While he put nine in the end zone, he was an effective weapon for a team that needed his help on field position. He’ll be one of the best in the Sun Belt once again.

6. Bryan Anger, Sr., California
Anger was one of the country’s premier punters, and he should be special again. Looking to earn first team all-conference for a third straight year, he averaged a career-best 45.6 yards in 2010, hanging the ball in the air and consistently backing opponents into a corner.

7. Kirby Van Der Kamp, Soph. Iowa State
The Cyclones finished 25th in the nation in punting with Van Der Kamp averaging a whopping 45.2 yards per kick putting 22 inside the 20 and blasting 19 bombs of more than 50 yards. The big 6-4, 198-pounder is on the verge of big things and will start getting more national recognition.

8. Brian Stahovich, Sr. San Diego State
Stahovich has a booming leg with all-star skills. After a nice 2009, averaging 43.9 yards per kick, he bombed away for a 45.4-yard average pitting 18 inside the 20 and with 16 fair catches. He doesn’t always help out the punt coverage team, and he put six kicks in the end zone, but he’s a special punter who should be in the hunt for the Ray Guy Award.

9. Bobby Cowan, Jr. Idaho
Cowan bombed away for 45.1 yards per kick with 16 put inside the 20 and with 11 fair catches on the way to a First Team All-WAC season. Idaho finished 12th in the nation and first in the WAC in net punting.

10. Kyle Martens, Sr., Rice
Martens emerged as one of the nation’s premier punters. He averaged a school-record 46 yards a punt in 2010, earning All-American honors from various outlets. A long and lean 6-6, 200-pounder, he gets tremendous drive on his kicks and has continuously supported his coverage teams with his hang time and directionals.

2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

- Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers | Safeties
- Cornerbacks | Kickers | Punters | Kick Returners | Punt Returners