It seems as though the novelty of having wide receiver Danny Coale punt has finally ended, at least for the near future.
Redshirt junior Scott Demler punted four times Saturday with an average distance of 41 yards, while freshman Michael Branthover punted three times for an average of 46.7 yards. Coale did not attempt a punt on the day.
“I think we’ve got a guy that we can use if we need him in a game,” Beamer said of Coale. “I think if we can have another guy doing that (punting) rather than a guy that’s running routes all day long, and then if you need a crucial punt in the fourth quarter, you want a fresh leg kicking it.”
At place kicker, Cody Journell made field goals of 25 and 40 yards, but missed from 45 yards and had a 54-yarder blocked. Beamer, who has been impressed by Journell in practice, wanted to see how the redshirt sophomore would handle the 54-yarder.
“I think he’s got the ability to make that kick,” Beamer said. “I just wanted to see if he could do it in that situation. There’s no reason why he’s not going to be a good kicker.”
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