Rice debunks punter stereotype
August 13, 2012, 3:53 pm
Oregon punter Jackson Rice spoke with guest host Bernard Bokenyi on The Bald Faced Truth Monday about punting for the nation's top offense.
Punters are often targeted as players without athletic ability or skill. Pointing to his father, who was not only a punter but also a wide receiver in the NFL, Rice chuckles at the stereotype.
"I wasn't born as a punter -- I actually grew up playing linebacker and tight end," Rice recalled. "All I can do is let my play speak for itself."
Before the start of this season, Rice was named to the 2012 Ray Guy Award watch list as the nation's top punter. In 2011, Rice was a finalist for the award.
"It shows the hard work I've put in and it also shows the hard work that the rest of our punt team puts in," Rice said. "We're ready to play and help our team win."
Rice is third in Oregon history in punting average at a nearly 43 yards per punt. Listen to the interview: