It’s Specialists Week at Testudo Times, and we’re winding down our summer series of polls aimed at assembling the all-time Maryland team. After looking at the kickers yesterday, we’ve got almost all the spots filled, but it’s not over quite yet.
Here are our punter nominees for your vote:
A four-year starter at Maryland, Barnard holds the school record with a 43.7 yards-per-punt average for his career. He also has the two highest-average seasons in school history, with 45.7 and 45.5 yards a pop in 2000 and 2001, respectively; he was named First Team All-ACC in both of those seasons. Barnard punted in one game for the New England Patriots before spending the bulk of his pro career in Europe.
After Barnard graduated, Podlesh stepped in right away and started for the next four years. His 42.3-yard average in 2003 is the highest number for a Terps freshman, and he finished his career with an average of 43.1 yards, second only to Barnard and far ahead of anyone else. These two combined have eight of Maryland’s top 10 seasons for punting average all-time. Podlesh made four straight All-ACC second teams from 2003-06, making him the only player in school history to earn all-conference honors four times. He was taken in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and split a seven-year career with the Jaguars and Bears.
DeAmas is the Terps’ all-time leader in punts, total punting yards and most punting yards in a season. His averages—39.7 in his career, 41.5 in his best season—aren’t as high as the others listed here, but they compare favorably with the national averages from his playing years of 1988-91.
Like several of Maryland’s other starting punters over the years, DeAmas doubled as the Terps’ kicker. He made 62 of 62 extra-point attempts and 32 of 43 field goals in his last three seasons.
Honorable mention: Travis Baltz, Scott Milanovich, Nathan Renfro
Who do you think is the best punter in Maryland history?
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