BYU Adds Punter to 2014 Class

It's no secret that BYU's kicking game needs some work. Coach Mendenhall addressed the subject to reporters during the first week of spring camp. One area of the kicking game that wasn't consistent last season was the punting game. It appears the staff has made a conscientious effort to improve in this area by bringing in a preferred walk-on punter with a consistent average and placement accuracy.

Coming in at 6-feet, 175-pounds from Westlake High School (CA), Chasen Brown has quite the leg on him. BYU is in need of a punter and Brown made it clear where he was going to college as a preferred walk-on.

"I'm going to be going to BYU," he quickly said. "That's where I'm going to play."

This past weekend Brown flew out to BYU to take an official visit. While on campus, he liked what he saw and made his intentions known to BYU coaches that he was going to be a Cougar.

"On my official when I went down there it was a beautiful campus. It was a very friendly place and could see myself living there. As far as a team I felt it was the best opportunity for me. Their commitment to excellence was something that caught my eye. It's a program that picks you up and helps you to succeed."

Currently there are two punters on BYU's roster. One is junior Jordan Miller while the other is senior Scott Arellano, who was a bit inconsistent last season.

"As far as punting I would go down there to compete," Brown said. "They have a punter there now who is a senior but he's been inconsistent, so I could go down there and compete and possibly play, and maybe even start. I would have to go down there to compete and do my best."

Besides competing and playing football for BYU, the one thing Brown is most excited about is playing for a rabid fan base that bleeds blue.

"I'm excited to play for the fans," said Brown. "They're really dedicated to the team and to the school. They're really there to support you and cheer you on. I'm really excited to be a part of a program that is heavily supported by a great fan base."

One of Brown's punting strengths is being a marksman with his foot. Brown feels he has excellent ability to pin the ball inside the twenty-yard line.

"Last year I had, actually I don't quite remember the numbers, but I think I had around 42 punts with a 41-yard average," he said. "I think around 11 of them [were downed] around the [five or ten-yard] line. My strength is being able to get the ball to stop where I want it within the 20."

During Brown's senior year he averaged 35.6 yards per kick with a 4.2 second average hang time while also pinning the ball 11 times within the 20-yard line. His long was a 54-yard punt during the season.

Because of Brown's ability to accurately kick the ball high and deep and pin teams down with his leg, he was being looked at during the recruiting process by many quality programs.

"I had a few recruiting me," Brown mentioned. "I had Colorado State, USC, Washington State, and Washington looking at me."

He'll report to BYU over the summer so he can be a part of the bridge program that helps incoming freshman acclimate themselves more easily from the high school to the college level.

"I think scholarship athletes are supposed to report on June 20th," Brown said. "I think I'm supposed to be out there around that time as well."

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