Tom Canavan Associated Press Published 6:48 PM EDT Sep 19, 2019 Piscataway, N.J. — The Big Ten Conference knows the value of having good punters, and it is willing to go a long way to get them. The league has four of the nation’s top 23 punters after last weekend’s games: Michael Sleep-Dalton of Iowa (46.4 yard average), Adam Korsak of Rutgers (46.4), Isaac Armstrong of Nebraska (45.7) and Blake Hayes of Illinois (45.1). Hayden Whitehead of Indiana (42.2) makes it five of the top 43, and that list doesn’t include Jake Hartbarger (45.9) of Michigan State, Will Hart (44.5) of Michigan and Drue Chrisman (43.6) of Ohio State. They don’t qualify because they have not averaged 3.6 punts yet. While it’s a lot of names, distance is the story here — in every way. Sleep-Dalton, Korsak, Hayes and Whitehead are all former Australian rules football players. They grew up in the land down under before training with former NFL punter Nathan Chapman and former NFL kicker John Smith at ProKick Australia and coming to the U.S. “The Big Ten is a very strong punting league and just the style play in the league, they just emphasize punting and the numbers sort… Read full this story
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