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.
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.
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.
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.
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.