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2007 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - Punter

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Posted Aug 7, 2007


CFN 2007 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Punters

2007 CFN All-Americans

Punters

CFN 2007 All-Americans and Top 25 Players
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2007 CFN Preseason First Team All-American

Preseason 25 Best Punters
1. Durant Brooks, Sr. Georgia Tech
2. Chris Miller, Jr. Ball State
3. Britton Colquitt, Jr. Tennessee
4. Matt Fodge, Jr. Oklahoma State
5. Ken DeBauche, Sr. Wisconsin
6. Justin Brantly, Jr. Texas A&M
7. Jimmy Kaylor, Sr. Colorado State
8. Waylon Prather, Sr. San Jose St
9.
Thomas Morstead, Jr. SMU
10. Louie Sakoda, Jr. Utah   
11. Billy Vinnedge, Sr. Wyoming
12. Matt DiLallo, Soph. Colorado
13. Andrew Larson, Sr. California
14. Sam Swank, Jr. Wake Forest
15. Owen Tolson, Sr. Army
16. Johnny Ayers, Sr. Boston College
17. Aaron Perez, Jr. UCLA
18. A.J. Trapasso, Soph. Ohio State
19. Justin Teachey, Jr. South Florida
20. Tony Mikulec, Sr. Central Michigan
21. Ryan Succop, Jr. South Carolina 
22. Brett Kern, Sr. Toledo
23. Zoltan Mesko, Jr. Michigan
24.
Dave Brytus, Jr. Pitt
25. Jacob Richardson, Jr. Miami Univ.

Durant Brooks, Sr. Georgia Tech
Brooks had a whale of a season averaging 45.5 yards per kick while putting a ridiculous 35 kicks inside the 20. His net average of 40.66 yards per kick put Tech second nationally behind Utah. He's the type of weapon who'll bail out the team time and again by giving the defense great field position to work with, and he'll get the offense out of several big jams.

2007 CFN Preseason Second Team All-American

Chris Miller, Jr. Ball State
Miller returns after a phenomenal season averaging a whopping 46.3 yards per boot with 20 kicks put inside the 20.

2007 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
(in alphabetical order)

Justin Brantly, Jr. Texas A&M
Brantly had a great year averaging 44.3 yards per kick putting 14 inside the 20. He could use a little more hang-time on his kicks, but the coaching staff would happily take another season like 2006.

Britton Colquitt, Jr. Tennessee
Death, taxes, and a Colquitt punting the ball for Tennessee. The 6-3, 205-pound Colquitt might be the best of the family after averaging 44.9 yards per boot and putting 18 inside the 20. He has a great leg who can hang it high and consistently pin teams deep.

Ken DeBauche, Sr. Wisconsin

DeBauche is one of the best in the nation, even if he didn't always show it last season averaging 41.8 yards per kick putting 15 inside the 20 and forcing 11 fair catches. While many punters would kill for those numbers, DeBauche was too inconsistent and didn't air it out nearly as much as he should've.

Matt Fodge, Jr. Oklahoma State
Fodge had a nice true freshman as the starting punter, but instead of hanging the ball up in the air and going for direction, he started to air it out a bit more as a sophomore and became an All-American averaging 44.9 yards per kick putting 14 inside the 20. He has a huge leg and can pin teams deep from almost anywhere on the field.

Jimmy Kaylor, Sr. Colorado State
Kaylor has been among the nation's best averaging 43.7 yards per kick after booming his way to a 45.3-yard average in 2005. He outkicks his coverage and allows too many big returns, but he has a deep, accurate leg.

Thomas Morstead, Jr. SMU

Morstead punts and kicks for the Mustangs, doing both rather well.  In 2006 he used a 43.8 average, tops for an SMU punter since Craig James averaged more than 44 yards in 1982, to earn a spot on the all-Conference USA third team. 

Waylon Prather, Sr. San Jose State
Prather had a good first year, and then started bombing away averaging a tremendous 44 yards per kick putting 19 inside the 20. He could use a big more hang time only forcing five fair catches and with ten touchbacks.
 
Louie Sakoda, Jr. Utah   
Sakoda had an amazing year punting the ball as Utah finished first in the nation with a net average of 41.58 yards per kick. He's a phenomenal directional kicker putting a whopping 52 punts inside the 20 over the last two seasons while forcing 19 fair catches.