Will Monday, who only has punted in three college games, is already among the best in the nation. Credit: CHRIS SEWARD
I spent a few minutes on Monday with Duke punter Will Monday, who ranks 10th in the nation with an average of 45.63 yards per punt. He is also the only freshman ranked in the top 40. More fun facts in the story here.
Anyway, at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Monday is a decent-sized guy. And when it comes to punters, size does matter, according to Jamie Kohl, a kicking coach that has worked with Monday since high school.
"I’ve tried to get him to hang onto the ball longer in his progression, lowering his drop table to a point where he makes contact at knee level height consistently," Kohl said. "The strength and good leg speed that he has, he is able to get his hips into a position where he is able to get enough leg speed to get the hang time we are shooting for."
So, if you're ever tempted to punt a football, keep that advice in mind.