Botts: I want to be the top punter in the ACC

Senior Dalton Botts lets us know how it feels to be one of the best punters in the ACC.

Q: How have you been conditioning for the season?
A: I was with the team the whole spring, so we did the you tough training. I feel like I'm in good shape for the season.

Q: What is it that you have to do as punter to condition?
A: We just do the same thing the team does. We do a lot of running too, which helps our legs out. Kickers don't necessarily need weights to get better. You don't want to technically build your legs up to get bigger.

Q: So, you're not trying to get big?
A: No, of course not. I mean, I already have small legs as it is. (Laughs) I just do light weight squats, lunges and a lot of leg swings.

Q: What was your hang time last year?
A: 4.5.

Q: Do you feel like it's hard to stay in the rhythm of a game?
A: Yeah. Being in the sidelines, you do get a little cold, but they have a net out there for me to warm up on. So, every now and then, when the offense starts there drive, I'll kick a couple of light punts out there and stretch out a little bit. You just got to keep your mind in the game. If you start wandering off and your number is called, you think "aww, I got to go punt and I'm not even ready". That's when you just shake the punt.

Q: Do you feel like every day you're doing something important in practice, or do you feel like you shouldn't be out there sometimes?
A: I feel like every day I'm doing something important now, especially since I will be holding this year. I love going to practice too. I love kicking. I wouldn't trade this job for anything.

Q: This is going to be your last year with the canes. How do you feel about that? Do you feel like you need to step it up?
A: I need to step it up big time. I set some high goals for myself. I want to be the top ACC punter, and I want to be one of the top punters in the nation.

[Dalton Botts finished in second last year for the ACC and had a 42.7 yards-per-punt-average. He had only three touchbacks in forty-three attempts. Botts was also selected for the all-conference ACC team this year.]

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