Former Gator punter Johnny Townsend is preparing for his future after college. Townsend, a native of Orlando, FL was the second best punter in the class of 2013, according to recruiting website 247Sports. Townsend is a fan-favorite among Gator fans and leaves the team along with Eddy Pineiro, the former starting kicker. Despite playing as a graduate-senior, Townsend remained one of the best punters in college football.
— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) January 29, 2018
Reese’s Senior Bowl Performance
All in all, Townsend enters the NFL Draft pool with a stellar performance in the Senior Bowl Saturday. The senior punter kicked seven punts, averaging 41.5 yards. The former second-team All-American kicked the ball effectively by managing to get three balls inside the 20.
Townsend says representatives from around the NFL were in attendance.
He was arguably the best player last season, getting the struggling Gator offense off the field with good field positioning for their defense. His play across the years and the future NFL combine makes him hopeful that he gets drafted.
A 2016 semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, Townsend missed out on the list last season. He punted for 3,043 yards in 2017 with 27 of them being 50 or more yards. His longest punt was 70 yards. With that, Townsend averaged 47.5 yards per punt.
Townsend played multiple positions in high school, not starting a game until his second year. When he realized he could play at the next level, he knew he had to take the opportunity.
The punter highlights how valuable the position is and how field position is a huge factor in determining who wins games. He says he does not regret anything from his time in Gainesville.