Mark Monteiro #98
Born: August 16, 1994
Why do we start with Mark? Because punters (especially walk-on punters) rarely get any love!
Monteiro played Safety/Punter/WR/CB for White River High School in WA and also lettered in baseball and Steven Tsai quoted him in the March 30th 2013 edition of the Warrior Beat as claiming to be "getting a lot of reps" in practice. Though Monteiro doesn't necessarily have any direct ties to the islands, he told Tsai that he "grew up watching the team on television" and characterized UH's play as "inspiring."
Watching his punting recruiting tape has yielded the following observations.
Positives: He appears to have a strong leg and was averaging approx. 52 yards in his recruiting tape. (Last season UH averaged 41.5 yards per punt, 1.5 yards less than Monteiro's 43 yard average as a high school senior in 2011). His experience as a Defensive Back should also lend itself to making tackles should coverage break down (maybe even conjuring up memories of Chad Shrout laying the hammer down a few years ago?)
Negatives: Though his form appears loose and natural, it doesn't look like he has the standard technique down. His leg tends to fly off to the side instead of coming straight up which can lead to injury and blocked/shanked punts. The rotation of his ball in the air is also not a consistent spiral. This is particularly important in "swirling winds" of Aloha Stadium which tend to have a more drastic effect on knuckle-punts.
Monteiro hopes to join what has actually proven to be a long history of talented punters for Hawaii over the last decade (the aforementioned Shrout, Mat McBriar and Alex Dunnachie). I'm not sure what it says about our offensive consistency that our Punters are stars but that is probably a conversation best reserved for another day…