***** Thanks, Miguel, for that link to lots of good info on our new punter, Brooks Barnard.
***** The information from bio prior to his senior season (below) is pretty impressive. The negatives noted later - low trajectory and poor directional skills - are a bit of a concern. Still, it looks like there's a lot of potential here. I really like this kid's athleticism. And he also did handle the PK holding duties at Maryland.
***** I have a strong feeling that we've really dodged a bullet here. This move should have been made at least a month ago, but the delay did not cost us a game, as I feared it might have at any time. With a young stud like Barnard, if he can eliminate those noted weaknesses, he could be here a long time, making major contributions to our field position. For now, let's just hope he makes such contributions for the rest of this fantastic season.
An All-America and Ray Guy Award candidate who enters his senior season as Maryland�s leader in career (43.9), single-season (44.7 in 2000) and single-game (53.8 vs. Temple, 2000) punting averages � the nation�s fourth-leading returning punter from 2001 after posting a 44.5-yard average � had a net punting average of 40.4 yards per game, fourth-best in the nation � a first team all-conference pick and a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award last year � tall, lean, athletic specialist who owns six of the top 12 single-game punting efforts in Maryland history � has games where he can find the �zone� and play a major role in the game�s outcome from a field position standpoint � has opened each of the last two seasons with huge outings (53.8 average against Temple in 2000 and 50.4 average against UNC in �01) � has started all but one game the past three seasons � could also compete for kickoff duties this season � serves as the Terps� holder � came up big in that
capacity a year ago in the Georgia Tech game, snaring an errant snap on Nick Novak�s game-tying 46-yarder � set the all-time record for clean and jerk by a kicker at Maryland (281) and ran 4.65 in the 40-yard dash in spring testing � local product who originally went to Oklahoma to pursue a degree in meteorology.