'Boys Agree with Punter

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with their first specialist of the 2008 offseason.

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with Stanford Punter Jay Ottovegio, TheRanchReport.com has learned.

Ottovegio was the No. 27 punter on TheRanchReport.com's 2008 Draft board.

He his career as Stanford's all-time leader in both punts (272) and punt yardage (11,083), while averaging 40.7 yards per punt. He also had career-highs of 78 punts and 3215 punting yards as a senior in 2007 with a 41.2 yard per punt average that was just below the career-best 41.3 he recorded as a freshman in 2004.

Dallas has one of the top punters in the NFL in Mat McBriar, but each year the Cowboys bring in at least one other specialist to challenge for the starting spot during training camp.

2006: Averaged a career-low 39.6 yards per punt on 61 attempts for 2417 yards with two punts blocked (Washington State, at Washington) after not having one blocked in his first two collegiate campaigns ... Was able to trap opponents inside their own 20-yard line 17 times, including on eight occasions in the final four games which contributed to his lower per punt average as he was unable to average 40.0 or more yards per punt in any of those last four contests ... Ran for 11 yards and a first down on a fake punt versus Oregon State ... Punted a season-high eight times against USC ... Had his best game of the season versus Arizona when he punted seven times for a season-best 45.3 yard average ... Had a pair of season-best-tying 52-yard punts at UCLA and at Arizona State ... Earned 2006 Pre-Season First Team (Steele's), Second Team (The Sporting News) and Third Team (Athlon) All-Pac-10 honors.

2005: Posted his second solid season as the team's starting punter, averaging 40.6 yards on 67 punts for 2,723 yards ... Landed 22 of his punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had seven go for 50 or more yards ... Had four of his season-high-tying eight punts go 50 or more yards when he averaged a season-best 45.1 yards per punt at Arizona that helped the Cardinal maintain field position in a hard-fought 20-16 victory ... Averaged more than 40 yards per punt in eight of Stanford's 11 games.

2004: Became the first freshman punter in school history to average more than 40 yards per punt with a 41.3 average on 66 punts for 2,728 yards ... Longest punt of his career to date was a 59-yarder versus Washington ... Had 20 punts land inside the opponents' 20-yard line and nine that went for more than 50 yards ... The Sporting News named him a Second-Team Freshman All-American ... Averaged more than 40 yards per punt in nine of Stanford's 11 games ... Averaged a career-best 46.2 yards per kick on five punts at Notre Dame, including one of 58 yards and one that landed inside the 20 ... Winner of the Menlo-Atherton Trophy as the team's Most Outstanding (redshirt) Freshman player.

2003: Did not play in 2003 as a true freshman punter.

HIGH SCHOOL: One of the premier kickers in the nation from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida ... A prep All-American who was ranked as the No. 2 place-kicker in the country by Rivals.com and TheInsiders.com ... Named All-Southeast Region by PrepStar and SuperPrep ... One of Max Emfinger's Top Five punters in the country ... Connected on 10-of-15 field goal attempts and 42-of-44 PATs with a season-long FG of 47 yards as a senior ... Put 70 of his 79 kickoffs into or out of the end zone ... Averaged 42 yards per punt with 12 inside the 20 ... First-Team All-State placekicker twice ... Broward County Super 11 and First-Team All-County selection ... Hit 7-of-10 field goals with a long of 48 while averaging 40 yards per punt as a junior ... An All-State punter as a sophomore after averaging 40 yards per punt ... Also played soccer and baseball.

PERSONAL: A co-term student working on his Masters and Bachelors degrees in Communication ... Also has minors in History and Psychology ... Member of the National Honor Society.

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