2012 Preseason Player Rankings - Punters
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CFN's Top 30 Players of 2012 By Position - Punters
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1. Bobby Cowan, Sr. Idaho
Cowan is a 6-5, 229-pound blaster who averaged 46.4 yards per kick while putting 17 inside the 20 and forcing 27 fair catches. If he's not the best punter in America, he'll be a close second and will be on the short list of Ray Guy candidates.
2. Quinn Sharp, Sr. Oklahoma State
The Cowboys didn't punt all that often, but when they did, Sharp was fantastic helping the team led the Big 12 by averaging 46.3 yards per kick. While the eight touchbacks were a bit too many, and the 12 put inside the 20 weren't enough, he's still the best punter in the history of Oklahoma State football averaging more than 46 yards per boot over the last two seasons. This year he'll be one of the favorites for the Ray Guy award.
3. Ryan Allen, Sr. Louisiana Tech
The punting game was special finishing eighth in the nation with Allen averaging a whopping 46.1 yards per kick with a ridiculous 39 put inside the 20 and with 28 fair catches on the way to winning the Ray Guy Award. The former Oregon State Beaver is tremendous with his accuracy and he has a booming leg cranking out 29 kicks of more than 50 yards.
4. Brad Wing, Soph. LSU
Wing will forever be known for being the first player to cost his team a touchdown because of a premature celebration, but the sophomore will now get more credit for being among the nation's best punters. The Australia native averaged a whopping 44.1 yards per kick putting 23 inside of 20 and forcing 12 fair catches. He'll be on the short list for the Ray Guy award.
5. Jeff Locke, Sr. UCLA
UCLA has had a long and illustrious history of producing elite specialists, a trend the new staff is hoping to continue in 2012 and beyond. The headliner of the group will be senior Locke, who also handles kickoffs for the program. He has a strong and accurate leg, ranking second all-time in school history with a career average of 44.6 yards. Locke also ranked 16th nationally in 2011 with a kickoff average of more than 66 yards.
6. Brian Schmiedebusch, Jr. Bowling Green
7. Brett Maher, Sr. Nebraska
8. Ian Campbell, Sr. UTEP
9. Jackson Rice, Sr. Oregon
10. Pat O'Donnell , Sr. Cincinnati
11. Dylan Breeding, Sr. Arkansas
12. Will Atterberry, Sr. North Texas
13. Steven Clark, Kr. Auburn
14. Riley Stephenson, Jr. BYU
15. Kirby Van Der Kamp, Jr. Iowa State
16. Dalton Botts, Jr. Miami
17. Mike Sadler, Soph. Michigan State
18. Tom Hornsey, Jr. Memphis
19. Tress Way, Sr. Oklahoma
20. Tyler Campbell, Sr. Ole Miss
21. Sean Sellwood ,Sr. Utah
22. Pete Kontodiakos, Sr. Colorado State
23. Alex Wulfeck, Jr. Wake Forest
24. Cody Webster, Jr. Purdue
25. Matt Yoklic, Jr. Pitt
26. Tyler Bennett, Sr. Utah State
27. Alex Dunnachie, Sr. Hawaii
28. Josh Brisk, Sr. FIU
29. Darragh O'Neill, Soph. Colorado
30. Josh Hubner, Sr. Arizona State