Bill's Combine Research: Special Teams

Our 13-part series wraps up with the kickers, punters and long snapper. Like the other positions, this is the most detailed information you'll find anywhere.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Packer Report's Bill Huber is getting ready for the Scouting Combine, and is sharing some of his research of the 328 players who will be testing for and talking to the Green Bay Packers and the NFL's other 31 teams. In Part 13, we tell you about the six punters, five kickers and one long snapper. All heights and weights are from the schools and, therefore, not official.

Kickers

-- Randy Bullock, Texas A&M (5-9, 212): As a senior, Bullock won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best kicker, hitting 29-of-33 attempts, including 12-of-14 from 40 to 49 yards, and 1-of-2 from 50-plus, with the make being from 52 yards. After going a perfect 101-of-101 on extra points as a sophomore and junior – with a school-record streak of 120 – he missed two as a senior. His 54-yard field goal at Klein (Texas) High School is believed to be the seventh-longest in Texas prep history.

-- Derek Dimke, Illinois (6-0, 180): Dimke hit 39-of-46 field goals for his career (84.8 percent), including 10-of-13 as a senior. He kicked a career-long 52-yarder as a junior. Dimke has trained the last several offseasons with Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff, with Cundiff teaching him the importance of the right mental approach and visualization.


Combine Preview

Part 1: 19 Quarterbacks.

Part 2: 30 Running backs.

Part 3: 47 Wide receivers.

Part 4: 14 Tight ends.

Part 5: 20 Interior offensive linemen.

Part 6: 35 Offensive tackles.

Part 7: 22 Safeties .

Part 8: 37 Cornerbacks .

Part 9: 31 Defensive tackles .

Part 10: 14 Inside linebackers .

Part 11: 19 Outside linebackers .

Part 12: 28 Defensive ends .

-- Dave Teggart, Connecticut (6-0, 203): Teggart his 22-of-28 as a senior with a long of 53 yards. Handling the kicking duties for the final three-and-a-half seasons, Teggart connected on 76.3 percent of his attempts. His only missed extra point came as a senior. Teggart's a pretty good athlete – he was an all-state baseball player in high school. To get ready for the "real world," Teggart worked for the Connecticut Tigers, a Detroit Tigers minor-league affiliate. He did everything from sell tickets to wear the mascot outfit.

-- Blair Walsh, Georgia (5-10, 192): Walsh was named to Georgia's Team of the Decade while setting an NCAA record with at least one field goal in 45 games. His 412 points rank second in NCAA history and top the charts at Georgia and the SEC. He also set a school record with 119 consecutive successful extra points. As a senior, he hit 21-of-35 (60.0 percent) attempts, including nailing a 56-yarder against Coastal Carolina. Coach Mark Richt went so far as to open the position to competition at one point. As a sophomore and junior, he made a combined 40-of-45 attempts (88.9 percent), and he was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award as a sophomore.

-- Carson Wiggs, Purdue (6-0, 192): Wiggs joined Bullock as the Senior Bowl kickers. For his career, he made 73.7 percent of his attempts. He's got a big leg, owning the five-longest field goals in school history, including a 59-yarder. As a senior, he connected on 19-of-25 attempt (76 percent). Also a tremendous pooch punter, with 17 punts placed inside the 20. Wiggs drilled a 67-yarder in the 2011 spring game.

Punters

-- Bryan Anger, California (6-4, 208): In Cal history, only Browns center Alex Mack had earned three consecutive first-team all-conference nods until Anger. For his career, his 43.5-yard average ranks second in school history. His 45.6-yard average as a junior is tops in school history and his 44.2 average as a senior ranks third. An impressive 90 inside-the-20 punts against 24 touchbacks. Anger hoped for a scholarship in baseball and didn't begin punting until his junior year at Camarillo (Calif) High School.

-- Drew Butler, Georgia (6-2, 214): Astute fans might see "Butler" and "Georgia" and think of Kevin Butler, the former Chicago Bears kicker. You'd be right, though he didn't decide to follow (somewhat) in his father's footsteps until he was a sophomore in high school. Butler was selected to Georgia's Team of the Decade and played in the Senior Bowl. He averaged 45.2 yards in his career, including 44.2 as a senior. He won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter when he averaged 48.1 yards as a sophomore. The Academic All-American was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award and the Campbell Trophy (aka, the Academic Heisman).

-- Kyle Martens, Rice (6-6, 230): Martens averaged 43.6 yards as a senior and was named first-team all-Conference USA. He had at least one 50-yard punt in 10 of 12 games. Of his 78 punts, 14 pinned the opponent inside its 10-yard line. His career average of 43.0 yards is easily the best in Rice history. As a junior, he averaged 46.0 yards to win some All-American accolades. His preferred teaching tool is looking at some of his worst punts to remind him how he felt when they happened.

-- Brad Nortman, Wisconsin (6-3, 210): Nortman handled the punting duties all four seasons with the Badgers. He ranks third in school history with a 42.1-yard career average. He averaged 42.2 as a senior, being named honorable mention all-Big Ten and earning the North's spot on the Senior Bowl roster. Nortman is a good athlete. His 17-yard run on a fake punt put Wisconsin in position to beat Iowa in 2010, and he ran 11 yards for a first down against TCU in the Rose Bowl later that season.

-- Shawn Powell, Florida State (6-4, 235): Powell was a consensus first-team All-American after averaging a national-best 47.0 yards per punt as a senior. For his career, he averaged 44.2 yards. After a victory over Florida in which three of Powell's punts pinned the Gators inside the 10, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher called Powell the team's MVP.

-- Brian Stahovich, San Diego State: Stahovich was named to the Mountain West's first team for the second consecutive season after being picked as a second-team honoree in 2009. No other punter in school history has been named a first-team all-league selection twice over their career. As a senior, Stahovich ranked 24th in the nation in punting with a 43.4 average. Only 13 of the 57 punts have been returned. He boomed an 89-yarder at Wyoming in 2010, the second-longest in MWC history. Stahovich started punting when he was 10, learning from his father until working with former NFL punter Evan Arapostathis on quickening his get-off time.

Long snapper

-- Josh Harris, Auburn (6-1, 250): The former walk-on was rewarded with a Senior Bowl invitation and is the only long snapper at the Combine. He was given a scholarship as a junior and handled the snapping duties the last three seasons. A defensive end and wrestler in high school, he made six career tackles. Harris learned how to snap in seventh grade, when his youth team needed a long snapper. He's self-taught, having never attended a camp. Harris' father, James Morrow, played for Auburn's 1959 champions.


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Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.


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