6-foot-4 / 210 pounds
Flowery Branch (GA) Flowery Branch
For the third straight season, Will Monday was one of the best punters in the country. He’s started all 40 games in his career and has a career average of 43.4 yards per punt. In two of his three seasons he’s registered long kicks over 70 yards (79 in 2012 and 72 in 2013). Not only was Monday able to help his team with power, he also hurt his opponents with accuracy - recording 17 punts downed inside the 20 years line.
Monday has nothing to worry about in terms of depth chart or his job. He’ll finish his career as a four year starter with at least a 52 game streak as the first stringer. He’s a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, an honor presented annual by the Augusta Sports Council to the nation’s top punter, and a preseason all-ACC performer.
Monday will team with kicker Ross Martin to form what could be the best team of specialists in the ACC. Duke will once again look to Martin to score and Monday to shorten the field, or cover when eh offense stalls. If the last three years are any indication, the Blue Devils don’t have too much to worry about.
How he ended up in Durham
Monday was offered by Duke during an unofficial visit in 2010 - his first offer of the process. Ultimately he picked the Blue Devils over his other finalist, Florida.
"I talked with my family, and we compared the two different styles of coaching," he said. "But I thought Coach Cutcliffe was a person I could really develop a good relationship with and get to know, and the same with my position coaches. I knew it was the right school for me. It felt right when I went back for the spring game; like where I needed to be."
Monday described the visits he made to Duke leading up to signing day.
"My first visit was when I was offered, and got to see the Duke vs UNC basketball game, and I had always dreamed about going. I also went for the spring game, committed in March, then went for camp over summer and got to work with the coaches--that's when I was really sold."
High School Highlights
Three-year letterman at Flowery Branch under coach Lee Shaw ... tabbed as the No. 1 punter in the nation by Scout.com ... selected to play for the 2011 U.S. Under-19 National Team in the Team USA vs. The World game on February 2, 2011, in Austin, Texas ... helped squad to three-year record of 32-9 with three state playoff berths ... as a senior, averaged 41.2 yards per punt while making 43-of-47 PATs and four-of-seven field goals ... two-time first team all-state pick by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in both 2009 and 2010 ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]