Top Returning SEC Punters For 2017

    Among SEC punters, it’ll be a race for third place this season, as the top two performers from 2016 returns for their senior years.

    March 20, 2017

    Among SEC punters, it’ll be a race for third place this season, as the top two performers from 2016 returns for their senior years.


    Florida’s Johnny Townsend or Alabama’s JK Scott? It’s an interesting debate to determine who will be the best punter in the SEC for 2017. Both are proven seniors-to-be, and both share lofty goals, from being voted All-American to impressing NFL scouts in their final year of eligibility. However, don’t be surprised if Townsend has a little chip on his shoulder this fall. He lacks the notoriety and name recognition of Scott, who earned First Team All-SEC in 2016, even though Townsend owned the highest punting average in America.

    3. Trevor Daniel, Tennessee

    Daniel has always had a big leg. But now that he’s sharpened his fundamentals, he’s become even more effective for the Vols. Daniel has averaged more than 44 yards in each of the last two seasons, ranking third in the SEC and No. 11 nationally in 2016. However, the 6-1, 248-pound senior has also improved his hang time and directional kicks, allowing only 12 of last season’s 70 punts to even be returnable by opponents.

    2. Johnny Townsend, Florida

    Gainesville is the site of two of the biggest legs in college football, Eddy Pineiro in the kicking game and Townsend at punter. Townsend led the country in 2016 with an average of 47.9 yards, earning Second Team All-SEC, a smattering of All-America nods and a spot as a Ray Guy Award semifinalist. His improving hang time limits returns, and his penchant for avoiding touchbacks forces opponents to travel the length of the field to score points.

    1. JK Scott, Alabama

    Scott is about to begin his fourth season as one of the premier punters in the country. The 6-6, 202-pound Denver native is averaging 46 yards an attempt for his career, using his long right leg to float the ball high into the air. Scott is a next-level specialist, who’s liable to get drafted next April. Still, there is room for improvement in 2017, particularly after a dozen of his punts in 2016 reached the end zone for a touchback.

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