Monroe's Big Leg Is Ready

Former Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. standout running back/defensive back/punter Brian Monroe admits that he's been feeling a little nervous at times lately.

"I think about the opportunity that I have as an incoming freshman," he said. "It's amazing. In just over a month I will be the starting punter at the University of Miami. It's been a dream to play there and it's almost ready to happen."

The talented punter said he's been working hard this summer -- especially on timing.

"Timing's everything," he said. "My kicking coach has done a great job with me. I'm getting the ball out (from catching the snap to getting the ball off) in about 1.36 (seconds) now and I'm getting over four on all my hangtimes."

The talented incoming freshman said he's been booming his punts in practice.

"I've been doing most of my workouts on my own here [not at UM]," he said. "I can get them over 50 on a consistent basis with the timing. Obviously things will be different when I'm in front of 80,000 people and a defense coming at me but that's something I feel I'll be ready for."

Monroe said the UM coaches continue to tell him that the starting punter job is his to lose.

"Jon Peattie did it in the spring," he said. "Gent was the kicker. They said I'll be the man to punt and I think Gent is winning the other battle for field goals right now. They're both good though. I saw them in the scrimmage they had at Lockhart in the spring."

Monroe said he hopes to make an impact right away at UM.

"Freddie [Capshaw] was awesome at Miami," he said. "But even he remembers that his freshman year was a little tough. He'd nail it on one punt and then struggle on the next. I want to be able to come in and start punting high and long on a consistent basis as a true freshman."

Monroe said he thinks he'll be a factor in UM's defensive success this season.

"I think we'll have a defense that is pretty good," he said. "It's going to be tough to go up and down the field on them so it's going to be my job to pin people back. Even if we don't do anything on offense for a series, I want to pin people back every time. I remember in the Florida State game last year late in the 4th quarter a short punt gave them a chance. My goal is not to have any of that this year. I'm ready for the challenge and I can't wait to get started."

Monroe, who also played defensive back in high school, said he'll stick to punting in college.

"I thought about it but the guys they have at Miami are sick," he said. "These guys are unbelievable athletes. Sean Taylor, look at him. He's like a freak. I want to make his job easier by pinning people deep this year."

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