Wyoming senior punter Ethan Wood works hard on his craft, and as football continues to evolve, so does the way punters kick the ball.
Wood used an Aussie style punt three times last week against UC Davis to pin the Aggies inside the 20-yard line.
What is Aussie style punting? I’ll let Wood tell you.
“I drop the ball with the nose down a little bit, and hit the nose of the ball with my toe in order to the get the ball to back-spin,” he said. “The hope is to when the ball hits the ground, it bounces straight up or backwards instead of going forward on a normal punt.”
Wood pinned UC Davis at its own 19, 3 and 17-yard lines.
Wood said last year was the first time he tried to punt Aussie style. He also said he’s worked on it a lot since the summer and feels “more comfortable with it.”
But that doesn’t mean t’s easy.
“It’s quite difficult, and I’m still learning,” Wood said. “I’ve hit ones pretty bad. But this past week I hit them pretty decent. It’s hard to get the distance and hang time down.”
Wood said in the past he’s not a fan of rugby-style punts, where he runs to either sideline and punts on the run. As for Aussie style, Wood said: “I enjoy it. It’s fun to change up, and it’s a useful took if I execute it.”
Monday was interview day for Wyoming players and coaches. Not much change to UW’s depth chart, but here it is:
The only injury concern heading into the game is with junior cornerback Robert Priester. Third-year coach Craig Bohl said Priester is going through concussion
protocol, and he’s dealt with concussions in the past. Priester and Antonio Hull have split time at the field cornerback spot, but Hull has seen most of the time and started the first three games. If Priester can’t play, look for redshirt freshman Davion Freeeman to see more playing time.
See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for more news on UW and it’s next opponent — Eastern Michigan at 5:30 p.m. MT Friday.