Tuesday Morning Links

Published: November 10, 2009, 10:45 am, by admin

I wrote for today’s edition of The Gazette about Brandon Geyer, Air Force’s senior punter who was named the Mountain West Conference special teams player of the week on Monday.

One of the main points of the story was that Geyer always has been able to punt for distance, but he has greatly improved his hang time this season.

Consider: Geyer (granted, with just nine punts in backup duty) averaged 48.9 yards per punt last season, 10 yards more than starter Ryan Harrison.

But the kicks too often had too low a trajectory. Last season against Wyoming, the one game he handled all the Falcons’ punting duties, he averaged 50.3 yards per punt. But his net punt (which takes into account touchbacks and returns) was just 37.6.

Saturday against Army, he averaged 48.2 yards on six punts, and his net punt was 46.7. That’s outstanding.

Falcon5410 left a comment asking if Geyer can earn All-Mountain West Conference honors. I would say absolutely. Geyer ranks third in the league in punting average (43.1) and the Falcons rank second in net punt.

One thing I need to check is how many times Geyer has pinned opponents inside their own 20-yard line. He’s been great with that.

Also in today’s paper, hockey writer Joe Paisley’s story about Falcons coach Frank Serratore receiving another five-year contract.