Blue Devils Add Punter in 2004

After learning they had landed a long snapper, the Blue Devils continued to bolster the special teams roster with the addition of one of the nation's better punting prospects.

Checking in at 6-foot-3, and 215 pounds, Pasadena Junior College standout punter Chris Sprague didn't get a lot of interest before National Signing Day. However he quickly began to gain popularity among college coaches afterwards, and that translated into offers from many major programs including Southern California, California, along with heavy interest from UCLA.

In the end it was Coach Roof's aggressive approach that convinced Sprague to make the cross country journey to join the Duke program.

Last season Sprague logged 42 punts for an average of 34.5 yards per kick with a long of 57 yards. The numbers may not show it, but Sprague is considered to be a high major punting prospect.

Scouts report his leg strength is very good, and he's very good at placing directional punts – which is critical for Duke's ability to limit their opponents' return yards while increasing the net punting average. This additional weapon will help the Blue Devils' effort to win the battle of field position.

The ability to drop directional punts in the right position is something current Blue Devil punter Trey McDonalds struggles with, and was a deciding factor for Duke pulling the trigger on the offer.

Though he signed on as a punter, Sprague played quarterback during his first JUCO season.


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