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Special Teams Even as a kicker, he’s not very big. According to his NFL.com profile, “Kickoffs reaching the end zone are a bit lower than scouts prefer, and could be brought out by NFL returners.” Rivalry game: In the 2009 version of the game formerly known as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” Sturgis was part of a Florida team that annihilated Georgia to the tune of 41-17. He scored 11 total points that afternoon and converted 2/2 field goals, both from 40-plus yards. The longest was from 56 yards, which is his career-long and was also the longest field goal made in the SEC that season. 2012 stats: 24/28 FGs, long of 51, 34/35 PATs, 106 points, 31 touchbacks on 69 kickoffs

3) Brett Maher School: Nebraska, Sr. Height: 6’ 0” Weight: 186 lbs. 40-Yard Dash n/a In a nutshell: Maher spent his first two seasons in college behind Alex Henery on the depth chart at Nebraska, but seeing as Henery is now making a living as the kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles, that’s not really a knock on Maher who was the place-kick holder for those two years.

“very capable punter”

Of the top three kickers on this list, Maher is the only who has extensive experience kicking in northern climates of the Big Ten.

PUNTER

Even then, it’s not all that extensive seeing as college football is played only sporadically in the months of December and January.

“the most diverse specialist in the draft”

Maher made 82.6 percent of his field goals as a junior before regressing slightly as a senior to 71.4 percent. Also a very capable punter, earning all-conference honors in both 2011 and 2012.

1) Quinn Sharp School: Oklahoma State, Sr. Height: 6’ 1” Weight: 189 lbs. 40-Yard Dash n/a

Vs. ranked opponent: By beating No. 22 Michigan 22-9, Nebraska finished one-game ahead of the Wolverines in the Big Ten Leaders division standings, advancing to the conference championship game.

In the victory over Michigan, Maher hit 3/3 field goals, including a long of 51 yards and scored 11 total points. He also placed two of four punts inside the 20-yard line. 2012 stats: 20/27 FGs, long of 54, 59/59 PATs, 119 points, 57 touchbacks on 96 kickoffs 4) Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State 5) Brandon McManus, Temple 6) Zach Brown, Portland State 7) Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette 8) Anthony Cantele, Kansas State 9) Casey Barth, North Carolina 10) Jeremy Shelly, Alabama

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44 punts, 46.27-yard gross average, long of 74

In a nutshell: Sharp is the most diverse specialist in this year’s Draft class. He did all the place kicking, kickoffs and punting at Oklahoma State the past two seasons and did all of them well, becoming the first player in Big XII history to be

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Pro Football Draft Preview, 2013  

A preview of the 2013 NFL Draft, including position profiles on more than 300 players, feature articles and columns.

Pro Football Draft Preview, 2013  

A preview of the 2013 NFL Draft, including position profiles on more than 300 players, feature articles and columns.

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