Army Spring Depth Chart Review: Punter

Army was the first in the FBS to complete spring drills. ArmySports.com's Jim Lawler will review each Black Knight position to project a starter, a backup and a player to watch. Today he'll discuss the punter position.

PUNTER
Starter: Alex Tardieu #80 So.
Back up: Billy Fisher #37 Sr.


Alex Tardieu was the punter last season on the Army JV team. He won the job by default this past spring since there is no other punter listed on the roster.

He attended the United States Military Academy Prep School in 2011. Tardieu played at Grant Pass high school in Oregon. Tardieu punted, played tight end and linebacker during his high school career. He is a 6-4, 190 pound punter who earned All-Area honors as a senior. His junior year he averaged 40 yards on his 21 punts with nine downed inside the 20-yard line. He was ranked 25th in the nation as a punter after the Ray Guy camp before his senior year. Tardieu doesn't really boom the ball on his punts. He is more of a directional punter and his punts are generally high with pretty good hang time but they are not especially long. Most of his punts I've seen the last two years were downed and not returned.

The backup punter is probably senior Billy Fisher right now. Fisher's focus is on winning the starting place kicking job. He wasn't asked to punt this spring but he can in an emergency. During the 2012 spring game Fisher punted four times for a 35.5 yard average. Additional competition may come from the kicker/punter coming in the 2012 United States Military Academy Prep School. He struggled while kicking field goals and extra points without a tee like he did in high school last year. He did demonstrate good leg strength on punts and kickoffs. We'll discuss him and the entire class of Incoming new recruits in the ArmySports.com scouting reports after R-day.

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