Fera Picks Texas

For the second time this offseason, the Texas Longhorns have solved a special teams need by adding a player with All-Big 12 potential.

Coming out of spring practice, Texas coach Mack Brown expressed concern with the Longhorns' special teams units, particularly at kicker and punter. Just two months ago, one of those problems was nipped in the bud when punter Alex King, a graduate transfer from Duke, enrolled at Texas. A second-team All-ACC punter, King averaged more than 42 yards per punt, and because of his graduate transfer status, was eligible to help the Longhorns immediately.

Thursday, Texas found out that the kicker situation would be solved in a (somewhat) similar manner. Penn State kicker/punter Anthony Fera (6-2 220) was a second-team All-Big 10 selection (first-team, per ESPN) after nailing 14-of-17 field goals and finishing the year as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation's top kicker. While Fera has a strong leg, the most staggering attribute he displayed was his accuracy, nailing through all 11 field goal attempts that were inside 40 yards.

He also had a strong year as a punter, averaging 42 yards per punt, putting 18 punts inside the 20 and kicking 12 punts of 50 yards or longer, including a 69-yarder against Purdue.

A native of Cypress, Texas, Fera was a standout at St. Pius X, where he was named Scout.com's No. 2 kicker in the country. His senior year, he made 37-of-39 extra points and was 8-of-9 on field goals, drilling a 58-yarder at one point. Fifty-five of his 60 kickoffs went for touchbacks that same year.

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