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Posted Aug 18, 2010


CFN 2010 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Punters



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2010 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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CFN 2010 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

1. Drew Butler, Jr. Georgia
There wasn’t much of a buzz about Butler taking over the punting job last year. All he did was bomb away for a 48.1-yard average, put 19 inside the 20, and crank out 24 kicks of more than 50 yards on his way to the Ray Guy Award. Consistent and a weapon who bailed out the offense and gave the defense a few big breaks, he’ll be one of the SEC’s most important players.

CFN 2010 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

2. Tress Way, Soph. Oklahoma
Way averaged a whopping 45.7 yards per kick with 17 put inside the 20 and with 22 kicks of over 50 yards. He came up with some huge, booming kicks on his way to a few All-America and All-Big 12 honors, but he had a few too many touchbacks (13) and could do a bit more on his placement. He was tried out on long field goal attempt but only connected on one 28-yarder and missed his other five chances. XX

CFN 2010 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

3. Matt Bosher, Sr. Miami
There might not be a more valuable or versatile special teams player in the nation than Bosher, who’s not your typical dual-threat. The team’s placekicker and punter, he earned All-ACC first team honors for the former and All-ACC second team for the latter. As the kicker, he’s made 32-of-36 field goals in two seasons and all 90 extra point attempts. That includes 3-of-4 from beyond 50 yards, a testament to his leg strength. As the punter, he raised his average to 42.5 yards, while showing excellent placement and a quicker release. Unlike his first two years, he did not have a punt blocked.

4. Quinn Sharp, Soph. Oklahoma State
Sharp had the unenviable task of replacing Ray Guy winner Matt Fodge, and he turned out to be fantastic. His coverage unit didn’t always give him the best of help, but he still averaged a tremendous 45.1 yards per boot and put a whopping 24 inside the 20. It’s a bit of a stretch to call him the team’s biggest surprise of the 2009 season, but after looking awful at times in practices, he was a big-time player.

5. Brian Stahovich, Jr. San Diego State
Stahovich came up with an all-star caliber season averaging 43.8 yards per punt putting 13 inside the 20 and forcing 15 fair catches. With a booming leg, he has been able to improve the Aztec punting game mostly by himself, but he was helped by more a more consistent punt return unit.

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6. Derek Epperson, Sr. Baylor
Epperson came up with two fantastic years in a row averaging 44.1 yards per punt in 2008 and cranking out 42.4 yards per punt last year with 13 put inside the 20 and with 14 blasts over 50 yards. A two-time All-Big 12 selection, he’s in the mix for All-America honors as one of the nation’s most consistent kickers and a threat to win the Ray Guy Award. He’s big, has a huge leg, and is one of the team’s top weapons.

7. Aaron Bates, Sr. Michigan State
The MSU punting game was decent last season with Bates averaging a rock-solid 41.6 yards per kick putting a whopping 23 kicks inside of the 20. He has a nice leg and a few years of experience, and while he might not quite be an all-star, he has the consistency the team needs.

8. Trevor Hankins, Sr. Arizona State
Returning as ASU’s punter will be the linebacker-sized Hankins, a former transfer from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College. A huge success in his first year on the job, he averaged a whopping 44.2 yards, which was tops in the Pac-10 and No. 10 nationally. He’ll be vying for All-Pac-10 honors after being bypassed in 2009.

9. Brad Nortman, Jr. Wisconsin
While the net punting numbers aren’t phenomenal, Nortman has been a nice performer over the last two seasons. After averaging 41.8 yards per kick as a freshman, he averaged 42 yards per kick last season and has put 36 kicks inside the 20 over the last two seasons. While he doesn’t have a booming leg and he doesn’t hang it up high enough, he’s good enough to be a fringe all-star.

10. Ryan Donohue, Sr. Iowa
Donahue started off his career as a nice directional kicker and turned into a bomber. A big kicker, he hangs it up high forcing 19 fair catches to go along with 27 kicks put inside the 20 and with 12 blasts of more than 50 yards including a 73-yarder against Northwestern. He’s a weapon who earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors and should be among the Big Ten’s top punters once again.