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2008 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - Ps
Texas A&M P Justin Brantly
Texas A&M P Justin Brantly
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Posted Aug 18, 2008


CFN 2008 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Punters

2008 CFN All-Americans

Punters

CFN 2008 All-Americans and Top 25 Players
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2008 CFN Preseason First Team All-American

Preseason Top 25 Punters
1. Chris Miller, Sr. Ball State
2.
Kevin Huber, Sr. Cincinnati
3. Jake Richardson, Jr. Miami Univ.
4. Louie Sakoda, Sr. Utah
5.
Thomas Morstead, Sr. SMU
6. Graham Gano, Sr. Florida State
7. Justin Brantly, Sr. Texas A&M
8. Keenyn Crier, Soph. Arizona
9. Jimmy Maners, Sr. Clemson
10. Jeremy Boone, Jr. Penn State
11. Dan Titchener, Sr. Nebraska
12. Adam Dittbenner, Sr. No Illinois
13. Brent Bowden, Jr. Virginia Tech
14. Scott Love, Jr. ULM
15. Jeremy Boone, Jr. Penn State
16. Pat McAfee, Sr. West Virginia
17. Ryan Shoemaker, Soph. Auburn
18. Zach Johnson, Sr. Eastern Mich
19. Justin Kuceck, Sr. Minnesota
20. Aaron Perez, Sr. UCLA
21. Britt Barefoot, Sr. So Miss
22. Brian Mimbs, Jr. Georgia
23. Ryan Harrison, Sr. Air Force
24. Chris Keagle, Sr. La Tech
25. Sam Swank, Sr. Wake Forest

Chris Miller, Sr. Ball State
A 6-2, 211-pound bomber, he followed up a 46.3-yard-per-kick season by averaging 45.4 yards per kick while putting 23 inside the 20. He's a weapon who can blast the team out of any situation and is great at pinning teams deep.


2008 CFN Preseason Second Team All-American

Kevin Huber, Sr. Cincinnati
Huber, a former walk-on, was a revelation in his first season as the punter averaging a nation’s-best 46.9 yards and showing great directional skills. Cincinnati led the country in net punting, a direct correlation to the performance of its All-American missile-launcher.

2008 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
(in alphabetical order)

Jeremy Boone, Jr. Penn State

The knock on Boone was that he didn't have a huge, booming leg. Last year he helped lead the Big Ten's best, and nation's third-leading punting game by averaging 43 yards per kick with 25 put inside the 20. He even banged out a 70-yarder. A consistent weapon, he should be among the best in the nation.

Justin Brantly, Sr. Texas A&M

Brantly, who led the Big 12's best punting game netting 39.17 yards per boot. followed up a solid sophomore season, averaging 44.3-yards per kick, by bombing away again for 44.2 yards per kick putting 16 inside the 20. He's a weapon who'll be a godsend for field position.


Keenyn Crier, Soph. Arizona
The sophomore parlayed a 43.7 yard average into a spot on the All-Pac-10 First Team in his first season of action.  A former walk-on, he displayed outstanding leg strength and hang time, while improving big time on his directional kicks.  The 6-1, 200-pound Crier will enter the season as one of the nation’s fastest rising punters. 

Graham Gano, Sr. Florida State

Gano is likely to be handling double-duty as he takes over as the placekicker to go along with his punting job. He has already proven himself as a punter, earning All-ACC honorable mention honors with an average of 43.4 yards, the highest by a Seminole in over a decade.

Jimmy Maners, Sr. Clemson
Maners returns after earning All-ACC recognition. In his first season handling the job he averaged 42.8 yards per kick.

Thomas Morstead, Sr. SMU

Morstead basically is the special teams for the Mustangs, handling the punting and placekicking. As the punter, the 6-5, 233-pound boomer was First Team All-Conference USA, leading the league with a whopping 44.6-yard average. As the kicker, however, he was far less reliable, connecting on just 13-of-20 field goal attempts. He nailed three from beyond 50 yards, so leg strength is no concern, but his consistency needs to be addressed before the start of the season.

Louie Sakoda, Sr. Utah

Sakoda is a special player who'll be the difference in at least two games this year. As a punter he averaged an excellent 44.3 yards per kick and dropped a ridiculous 28 inside the 20 while forcing 23 fair catches. As a field goal kicker, he nailed 19 of 22 shots with all three of his misses coming from beyond 40 yards. He has the leg to hit from deep, nailing a 51-yarder last season, and he connected on ten of 13 from beyond the 40. He's one of the nation's most accurate all-around kickers and he'll be a weapon once again. He's a rare candidate for both the Ray Guy and Lou Groza awards.