Best Foot Forward

While most people would spend their summers at the beaches, having barbecues, or flat out having fun (after putting in 40 hours of working or while on vacation), there are those few who spend most of their time working to improve themselves.

Redshirt sophomore punter Adam Anderson is part of the latter group. Adam is continually striving to be better than anyone else at what he does.

Adam spent his off-season working full-time 50+ hours a week, and then he would train for 8 hours a day. Adam also participated in some camps throughout the off-season, camps such as the ones in Connecticut or at Purdue University.

Adam said his main goal this summer, while training, was to "push myself to get better." "I want to change the stereotype of kickers," he said in reference to some fans of football that don't think kicking is an important part of the game. He feels that the job of a punter is just as important to the team as is any other position on the field.

So what was different for Adam last year than this year? "Last year I was hoping for good things, but this year I am just being myself," he said. Adam feels that last year he pressured himself every time he took to the field, trying to get that perfect punt, this year he just wants to go out and do his job.

Things that Anderson has been working on during the off-season have been technique. He has put in a lot of training to get his technique down, and that includes the increased amount of time that he has spent watching films every day.

When asked if he thought long and short distance punting were the same thing, he emphatically replied that he firmly believes they are two separate punting styles. And says the Broncos have a good special teams group that should lead the MAC this year. "We have a good long snapper in Charles Missant, and with Matt Steffan, Matt pushes me to work harder and I push Matt to work harder."

In practice, if you don't see the Broncos working on special teams, you can usually find them snapping the ball to the quarterbacks in 7-on-7 drills, or moving the chains in the small scrimmages. But, whenever Adam finds the time, he is usually punting a football down field.

In 2001, Adam ranked 10th in the MAC in punting with 44 punts for 1,668 yards for an average of 37.9 yards a punt. He kicked 4 touchbacks, had 5 fair catches, booted 9 punts inside the 20, and had 1 punt blocked. So far in practice this year, Anderson has been consistently punting 40-50 yard punts with a long punt of 62 yards.

The 2002 Broncos special teams looks to be getting back on track, and if Anderson has anything to say about it, the punting unit will be the best in the MAC.

WMU NOTES

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