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The History of Punter U

Freshman Landon Foster has proved in his first 6 games at Kentucky that he will join the long list of successful punters to come through the University of Kentucky. I don’t know how the trend got started, but here is a short resume of the great punters Kentucky has seen in the last decade.

Glenn Pakulak

The founding father of Punter U, Pakulak spent his career at UK during the tumultuous probation period. His junior year the Cats were an abysmal 2-9, but Pakulak provided some “star-power” at the position. I remember as a little kid looking at his legs thinking “holy ravioli those are some giant thighs”. When you can notice how big someone’s thighs are, they are a freak of nature. His JR year he averaged 44.5 yards per punt. His SR year his 45.6 yard average was good enough to be honored as a Third-team AP All-American. He had a nice career in the NFL, playing for a variety of teams until 2011.


Tim Masthay

The Green Bay Packers’ punter not only punts, but he’s thrown a TD pass in the NFL as well. His trick play score against the Bears this season was the first TD pass by a former UK player since 03. The red-headed phenom was a 4 year starter from 2005-08, with his best average at 45.2 yards per punt his SR year. That same year he was 1st Team All-SEC and has a Super Bowl XLV victory on his resume.


Ryan Tydlacka

The Louisville Trinity Alum is in his 1st year of competing for an NFL roster spot. Last year he led the SEC with 20 punts over 50 yards and averaged over 43 yards per punt his Junior and Senior year. He signed with the Eagles as a free agent this summer but was released before the season began and is now in search for a job. In an unrelated note, if he had one person to play him in a movie, it’d be Keanu Reeves.

He does kind of look like Keanu Reeves.

Landon Foster

During Spring practice the Cats had zero punters on the roster. The pressure was on Foster to become the Cats go-to guy  from the start and he has not disappointed. He currently averages 41.6 yards per punt. Of his 8 punts against Miss. State, 7 were absolutely beautiful with one going 56 yards and 4 being downed inside the 20. Not only is he a great punter, but he’s pretty hilarious on twitter. Follow him @BigBlueKick12.




Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for The History of Punter U

  1. remember him?
    8:08 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Wheres Sevin Surcurovic? He is Bosnian and had an amazing name. And all of his punts were like. 50+yards, he was such a great punter. How the hell is he not on here, wtf?

  2. Drthunder
    8:09 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention how hard pakulak could hit.

  3. Joe
    8:10 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Has UK threatened to take away the media credentials from KSR? Just wondering why we are getting all the suck up articles lately. Why can’t KSR report accurately on the football team and Joker. Have they been told not to?

  4. D-List Writers
    8:17 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    This just keeps getting better. What happened?? You couldn’t find a tweet from another random fan to base nothing a post on??

  5. Bluecat
    8:38 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    I love the UK program, but our punters should be good. They sure get a lot of practice in during the games. Its a bad sign when your punter is the most talked about player on your team during each and every game and you become known as “Punter U.” I sure hope to see this football program turned around. Seeing this team lose and seeing them lose the way they do just kills me.

  6. Matt P
    8:40 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Jimmy Carter and Seve Securovic need to be on here.

  7. BBN
    8:51 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    How flipping sad is it that of all things, UK football is known for its punters. “3 and out” has defined UK football for a long time – and the foreseeable future with joker and mitch.

    Fire joker no – before he gets one of the players killed.

  8. Blue Jesus
    8:52 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    What happened to Matt’s new’s and views post about David Cutcliffe? I was interested in seeing the reaction in the comments.

  9. Kevin K
    8:54 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch hires David Cutcliffe to replace Joker I will not spend another Saturday attending a football game. I haven’t missed a game in 6years but my commitment cannot continue if this is the route they take.

  10. Kevin K
    8:56 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    WeI deserve better than David Cutcliffe. WTF, Seriously

  11. matt
    8:59 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    what 9 and 10 said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Rixter
    9:00 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Nick, go to bed. You don’t have to write something every hour.

  13. Steve Spurrier
    9:22 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky will always have a heckuva punter.

  14. Big Whoop
    3:49 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK HAS to have good punters because it is very hard for us to make a 3rd down. I think #3 is on to something. Cutcliff? Might as well hire Randy Sanders.