Despite his team's 28-7 loss to Ely, Monroe (6-2, 185, 4.6) had an outstanding performance and single-handedly kept his team in the first-round playoff game. In the pre-game warmup, he routinely kicked 58-yard field goals and hammered kickoffs into the back of the end zone, but he saved his best for the game.
In a hotly-contested first half, Monroe, who also
started at cornerback and, according to his coaches,
is the best athlete on the team, repeatedly helped his
team with field position by pinning Ely deep in its
own territory with booming punts. And Monroe's
season-long reputation obviously preceded him, as the
Tiger punt returner would stand 70 yards downfield as
Monroe prepared to launch another missile.
In fact, Gardens' lone score in the second quarter
came as a direct result of its special team's play.
The left-footed Monroe demonstrated his athleticism by
leaping to catch a high snap from center, then
crushing a 56-yard bomb under a heavy rush, which
sailed over the returner's head and was downed at the
1. Ely fumbled on the next play, and one play later
Gardens punched it in to tie the game at 7.
"I was just trying to get it off since it was over my
head," said Monroe, who had four punts of over 50
yards. On the night, Monroe averaged 48.6 on five
kicks, with a long of 60. A 57-yarder was called back
because of a roughing the punter penalty, and Ely
managed only four return yards. He also had a
touchback, and said he will primarily punt and kickoff
"It's probably UM. Also, FSU's in it. I'm going to
UM next weekend and talk to the coaches after the Pitt
game. Ohio State was No. 2 before, but my coach told
me UM and FSU were going to offer me, and I want to
state in-state, so it's going to be one of those two."
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