PUNTING IS WINNING!
Folks, all is right in the world. Rounding out this year’s Big Ten awards, in which Iowa’s offensive line was lauded, so too, is our favorite Australian and favorite American football newbie, Tory Taylor, who was named Big Ten Punter of the Year. It doesn’t get more Iowa football than that.
"I just try to catch the ball and kick it as far as I can."— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 17, 2020
Worked like a charm. @torytaylor09 is the B1G Punter of the Year.
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That’s a pretty good strategy, and it clearly worked out for Taylor, who is the first Hawkeye and first freshman to win the award in its short 10 year history.
Taylor, who is also a semifinalist for the Ray Guy award, averaged 44.1 yards on 40 punts during Iowa’s 8-game season. He had nine punts go for 50 yards or longer, and 18(!) downed inside opposing 20-yard lines.
Maybe Iowa’s offense had to punt more than we would have liked this year due to inconsistent play from quarterback Spencer Petras, but boy, was watching Taylor a pure joy. For awhile there, it seemed like all of his punts were just destined to land in a great position for the Iowa defense.
Shall we check out the highlight reel?
The Punter from Down Under was dropping darts and flipping the field all season long. @torytaylor09 @PatMcAfeeShow. #Hawkeyes x #ForTheBrand pic.twitter.com/aEvNecFDgf— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 17, 2020
And of course, I would be remiss if I did not say: LET THE MAN SOCCER KICK FOR PUNTS!