2014 Preseason All-American Projections: Kickers and Punters

By Charlie Campbell
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Heading into the 2014 college football season, WalterFootball.com will debut our projections for the nation’s leaders during the fall. The All-American teams always have some surprises, and this coming fall’s stars could be the headline players next May for the 2015 NFL Draft.

First-Team Kicker: Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma

In 2013, Hunnicutt was 24-of-27 on his field goal attempts. He missed his only attempt over 50 yards, but made both kicks from over 40 yards. Hunnicutt was a reliable kicker for the Sooners in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, too. He has made 84.4 percent of his field goal tries so far in his career.

Hunnicutt was true on 21-of-24 attempts as a freshman with a long of 53 yards. He also made 55-of-56 extra points. In 2012, he made 17-of-21 field goal attempts with a long of 45 yards. The sophomore was 57-of-59 on extra points. Hunnicutt should get a number of opportunities with Oklahoma’s improved offense.

Second-Team Kicker: Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame

Brindza was 20-for-26 on his field goal attempts (77 percent) in 2013. He made three-of-four from 50 yards. Brindza missed two kicks in the 40s and one in the 30s. In 2011, his first season of action for the Fighting Irish, Brindza handled kickoffs. He took over field goal duties in 2012 and was good on 23-of-31 attempts. The sophomore showed his leg strength with a long field goal of 52 yards.

Third-Team Kicker: Jordan Williamson, Stanford

Williamson needed to improve his accuracy as a junior and did it. He was 18-of-22 (82 percent) on field goal attempts. Although Williamson missed both attempts from 50+ yards, he was three-for-three in the 40s. As a sophomore, Williamson connected on 17-of-27 field goals while going 45-of-46 on extra points. He was 13-of-19 on field goals in 2011 with two missed extra points on 56 attempts.

Kicker Honorable Mentions: Oregon State’s Trevor Romiane, USC’s Andre Heidari, UAB’s Ty Long.

First-Team Punter: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

Kaser was a First-Team All-SEC selection in 2012 as he led the conference with a huge 47.4 yards per punt average. That beat the school record of 47 yards per punt previously held by NFL great Shane Lechler. Kaser had a 76-yard punt and 17 punts over 50 yards.

Second-Team Punter: Spencer Roth, Baylor

Roth had an excellent junior season in 2013 as he averaged 46 yards per punt with a long of 72. He helped Baylor play field position and forced the opposition to use long fields. Roth averaged 44 yards per punt in 2012 after 41 yards per punt as a freshman.

Third-Team Punter: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Sadler had a quality junior year with 43 yards per punt. He put up a long of 69 yards. Sadler took over as the Spartans’ punter in the 2011 season. He averaged 41.1 yards that year and downed 25 punts inside the 20. As a sophomore, Sadler improved his average to 43.3 yards with 31 punts placed inside the 20. 2012 also saw him increase his punts of over 50 yards from six to 19.

Punter Honorable Mentions: UAB’s Hunter Mullins, North Carolina’s Thomas Hibbard, N.C State’s Will Baumann.

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