Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Vanderbilt's MVP punter Brett Upson may add some placekicking duties

Despite the loss of Music City Bowl hero Bryant Hahnfeldt to graduation, the Vandy kicking game appears to be in fine shape.

At the start of spring practice, Bobby Johnson said, "Ryan Fowler's taking over. We're just gonna work on him."

At the end of the spring, Johnson said that Fowler had indeed "done very well."

But punter Brett Upson was kicking field goals "very consistently from 40 yards and in."

So we could be looking at a situation where Fowler handles kickoffs and long field goals and Upson boots PATs and shorter field goals.

As for punting, Music City Bowl MVP Upson is the man. Last week, Johnson broke down Upson's game for a Nashville radio station:

"He’s got a couple of different deliveries for the rugby kick — he does the end over end one and he does sort of a power delivery which is a low drive punt that he does on the run, its more of a low spiral instead of an end-over-end and sometimes he can punch that thing in there like it’s a low three-iron."

Johnson said redshirt freshman Richard Kent is "a very good traditional punter. He can really kick."

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