It’s time to give some love out there for the guys who get out on fourth down and punt the ball away to try and change up the field position on opposing teams: The punters.
Yes, these players are critical to your team’s success when you’re deciding what to do on fourth downs as punters can change the course of a game with field position or pinning teams inside of the 20-yard line. Nonetheless, if you can’t punt the ball on fourth down effectively when you need to, it can be a long night.
We decided to put together a list of the top 12 punters based on statistics from the regular season and playoffs to pose the question of who is the tops in Florida. We compiled a list and ask you the fan to vote in our poll or chime in if you feel someone is left out.
Braxtyn Green, Suwannee: The Bulldogs punter had himself a solid 2022 season punting the ball for playoff-bound Suwannee. Green punted the ball 49 times for an average of 33.9 yards a punt and 17 landing inside the 20-yard line.
Alex Tuyo, Harmony: Longhorns had themselves a weapon on special teams in Tuyo. The punter averaged 38 yards per punt on 51 attempts and placed nine inside the 20 for Harmony.
Vaughn Lennon, Fort Myers: The Southwest Florida region had their fair share of strong punters all over, with Lennon being one of the best. Lennon averaged 40.5 yards per punt on 57 attempts.
Jay Dalton Brockhaus, Pine Ridge: The Pine Ridge punter had one of the best seasons for any punter around as Brockhaus punter 60 times for an average of 43 yards a punt.
Joel McGrath, Victory Christian Academy: One of the state’s top place kickers also doubles up as a standout punter. McGrath averaged 42.4 yards per punt on 54 attempts and 12 inside the 20-yard line.
Max’ceon Cobb, Jones: Cobb was one of the leaders in punting average for the Fightin’ Tigers as he averaged 46.9 yards per punt and punted 71 times, 13 landing in the 20.
Will Fotopoulos, Sunlake: One of Pasco County’s best kickers/punters had a strong 2022 campaign for the Seahawks. Fotopoulos averaged 41.3 yards a punt and punted 73 times.
Alexander Ghelman, Gulf Coast: When it came to Southwest Florida punters, you can’t miss Ghelman for the Sharks. The punter averaged 37.4 yards per punt on 59 punts and landed 11 inside the 20.
Garrett Law, Lake Mary: The Rams’ punter was one of the best in putting opposing teams inside the 20-yard line, landing 18 in that area. Law also averaged 36.6 yards on 57 attempts.
Noah Zumpano, Belen Jesuit: Zumpano was superb all season long for the Wolverines. The punter launched 14 punts that landed inside the 20-yard line and averaged 34.8 yards a punt.
Trent Grotjan, Lake Wales: Now yes, Grotjan also starts at quarterback for the Highlanders, but he was superb at punting this season as well. Grotjan has punted 33 times for an average of 43 yards a punt and 14 times landing inside of the 20-yard line.
Tyler Patterson, Fort Pierce Central: Can’t forget our folks out on the east coast. Patterson was one of the best out in Treasure Coast area punting the ball, averaging 36.8 yards a punt on 62 attempts.
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