Packers sign punter

Lonie was with Redskins in training camp last year

The Green Bay Packers signed punter David Lonie as a free agent on Friday, has learned. Lonie was in the Washington Redskins' training camp last season, but was beaten out by incumbent Derrick Frost, and spent the rest of the season out of football.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Australian-born Lonie averaged 42.0 yards per punt as a senior at the University of California. He attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, before enrolling at Cal.

Lonie, who turns 28 on May 6, competed in the Pan Pacific Games in Perth, Austrilia in 1996 as a decathlete and pole vaulter, representing his state and country. He also starred in water polo, worked as a plumber and in construction, and ran a surf shop before he came to the U.S. as a water skiing instructor. He hooked up with former Cincinnati kicker Doug Pelfrey in 2001 to improve his punting skills before going to college.

In 2003 at Ellsworth Community College, he converted 21 of 25 PAT attempts and 11 of 19 field goal tries with a long of 43 yards. He also averaged 41.8 yards on 55 punts with a long of 69 yards.

As a junior at Cal, Lonie averaged 40.0 yards per punt with a net average of 35.8. Throughout the course of the season, he punted the ball 50-plus yards seven times, including a 61 yarder.

Lonie dropped 21 punts inside the 20 during his senior season, and had no punts blocked.

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