Top Rated Kicker Inks With Tigers

This punter/kicker is one of three players from his high school to sign with Tigers.

Nashville, Tenn.--One of three Brentwood Academy players to commit to the Auburn Tigers made it official Wednesday morning when he signed a National Letter of Intent with Coach Tommy Tuberville's team.

Blessed with an extremely strong leg, 5-11, 170 Kody Bliss was a lethal weapon for Brentwood Academy this season in the punting game. Averaging 47 yards per punt this season on 33 attempts, he was instant field position for his team. With a net average of 44 yards with nine punts downed inside the 20-yard line and four downed inside the five, he says that he had a chance to pooch punt more this season because of a good offense and that will be important for him in the future.

Also the kickoff man and long field goal kicker with current and future teammate John Vaughn handling the field goals and extra points, Bliss didn't attempt a field goal this season. While he didn't know his kickoff stats as a senior, he put 54 of 60 kicks into the end zone as a junior for a better than 90 percent rate of touchbacks. He has a career long field goal of 61 yards, which he kicked as a junior. Bliss averaged 52 yards per punt that season.

A hot commodity in the recruiting game, Bliss had offers from schools all over the country but considered Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Texas before deciding on the Tigers. "Those were the schools that had been after me the longest. At the beginning of everything it's kind of cool having everyone call you and send you letters and everything. After a while it kind of gets a little old, it starts to take up too much time. It just felt right going to Auburn and I just went ahead and did it."

Bliss should challenge for the starting punting job as soon as he arrives on the Auburn campus for two-a-days in August. With Damon Duval gone the Tigers have no experienced punter on the roster and Bliss will be a serious threat to win the job over current redshirt freshman Michael Gibson.

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