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Kentucky’s Max Duffy wins Punter of the Week award

Kentucky’s punter Max Duffy has been named the Ray Guy Award’s Punter of the Week. In addition to the committee-selected honor, Duffy also brought home the fan vote of the week.

The Wildcats’ outing against South Carolina was disappointing at best, but Duffy’s play stands out as one of the night’s only bright spots. He punted nine times against USC for a total of 460 yards. The junior broke his own single-game school record (with a minimum of eight punts) by averaging 51.1 yards on nine kicks. In the process, he also became UK’s career punting leader with a 46.6-yard career average.

Against the Gamecocks, Duffy had four punts inside the 20 with no touchbacks. His longest punt flew for 62 yards, and he also created a turnover when one punt hit a South Carolina player and was recovered by the Wildcats.

For the season, the Australia native leads the nation with a 51.2-yard average. As a team, UK leads the nation in net punting with a 49.3-yard average.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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8 Comments for Kentucky’s Max Duffy wins Punter of the Week award



  1. trumpetguy
    10:59 am October 1, 2019 Permalink

    Ah, having your punter as a highlight story doesn’t sound like a good thing…….The Ole Ball Coach “complimented” UK one time after what I think was an eight TD defeat to Fla. by saying UK had a nice punter.



  2. bbn606
    11:00 am October 1, 2019 Permalink

    And boy do we need him.



  3. satcheluk
    11:51 am October 1, 2019 Permalink

    This guy is a weapon. Glad we have him. We should keep the Aussie Rules football pipeline going.



  4. BluKudzu
    12:03 pm October 1, 2019 Permalink

    Pat the special teams coach on the back. Our lone hilite this year, thus far.

    Go Cats.



  5. Dolla Bill
    12:20 pm October 1, 2019 Permalink

    I’d rather not have to punt



  6. CombatMedic_98
    2:33 pm October 1, 2019 Permalink

    Great. Maybe our water boy will get water boy of the week next…



  7. JASUN74
    2:47 pm October 1, 2019 Permalink

    How about a congratulations Max and very well deserved? Guys please quit being so negative about these kids!! They’re working their tails off for us and just because we’ve lost a few games doesn’t mean we should give up on them and say negative comments!! This group has some of the smartest, most talented and hardworking bunch of young men that we’ve ever had here at this University.

    Without some VER KEY INJURIES, we’re probably 5-0 right now and everyone dreaming of winning 10 or 11 games On the season! The Coaches and the Players know what’s happening right now and lord knows they’re hurting and feel bad enough. Let’s just support them and let the season play out. We really do have a great bunch that are doing their best and I for one appreciate them. Of course, I’d love to be 5-0, but it is what it is and the negativity isn’t helping anything.

    Again, please, it’s fine to criticize, but some people has been really bad and we all need to understand these guys are 18-21 years old. They are someone’s son and grandson, they don’t deserve what has been happening here and other sites. Anyway, let’s just watch and see if they can improve and make a positive out of this season. Also, before some of the more negative posters write something terrible next time, just imagine them being your Son or Grandson or your Nephews and then post. Thanks. Go Cats!!!



    • trumpetguy
      6:10 pm October 1, 2019 Permalink

      74, point well made and well taken. Most comments here IMO aren’t made as an attack on either effort nor ability of these guys. Many times preparation made by coaching staff has come under some fire! Made this comment years ago under some very lean years for UK football. UK guys run as many sprints, spend as much time in the weight room, film study, etc as their competition, but disparity in talent level and size was just too much to overcome. That gap has decreased. A little sarcastic humor in respect to UK punting “excellence” is just that. A few years ago, I’m pretty sure UK was pretty high in kickoff return yardage as well. Problem was, that was because teams were scoring a ton of points vs UK and doing a lot of kicking off because of it! That is another stat that is sort of a back-handed compliment. If UK could have more first downs, score more in the red zone, and reduce the amount of time UK punter was on the field, then I bet MD would be happy with it. I doubt very seriously the coaches OR players are happy their silver liming in any defeat is the success of the punter.