Ranking the Pac-12 Punters for 2020

Michael Turk returns to ASU as the Pac-12's top punter in 2020.


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1. Michael Turk - ASU


Turk returned to ASU in unique fashion after he received a waiver from the NCAA to come back to college after he wasn't selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. Turk was outstanding in 2019 when he was named 1st Team All-Pac-12 and was a semi-finalist for the Ray Guy Award. The star punter averaged a Pac-12 best 46 yards per punt and downed 32 punts inside the opponent 20 yard line. Turk is a clear choice for best punter in the Pac-12 and could end up as the best punter in the nation by the end of the season. Chances are he won't go undrafted again.




2. Oscar Draguicevich - WSU


Draguicevich had the 2nd best average punt distance in the Pac-12 last season with a 45.07 average. He will return to WSU for his senior season and will look to challenge Turk for 1st Team All-Pac-12 honors. The WSU punter started the season slow with a relatively mediocre August/September but led the Pac-12 in yards per punt from October until the end of the season.



3. Ben Griffiths - USC


Griffiths has been a popular choice among the media to have a breakout season for the Trojans. Athlon projects Griffiths to be a 1st Team All-Pac-12 selection after his freshman season that resulted in 41.17 yards per punt.



4. Ryan Sanborn - Stanford


Sanborn came to Stanford highly touted and was selected as a US Army All-American. The 247 composite recruiting ranking had Sanborn as the 2nd best punter in the nation out of high school. Sanborn kicked and punted for the Cardinal last season and saw success in both as he made 7 of his 9 field goals attempts and averaged 40.5 yards per punt.





5. Ben Lennon - Utah


Utah has a reputation for putting out great Australian punters and Lennon is the next in line. Lennon started all 14 games for the Utes in 2019 and averaged 40.9 yards per punt with 20 landing inside the opponent 20 yard line. Statistically you could argue that Lennon had a better season than Sanborn and don't be surprised if he he climbs ahead of Griffiths and Sanborn by the end of the year.



6. Caleb Lightbourn - OSU


Oregon State landed Lightbourn as a transfer from Nebraska where he started 3 seasons. Lightbourn averaged 41 yards per punt during his career with the Cornhuskers and provides the Beavers with an experienced punter they can count on. The senior punter hails from Washougal, Washington and the transfer to Corvallis represents a coming home of sorts.




7. Josh Watts - Colorado


Watts comes to Boulder from Australia and was ranked as the 2nd best Punter in the 2020 class according to the 247 composite.



8. Triston Brown - UW


Brown was ranked as the #1 JUCO punter for the class of 2020 and will make an immediate impact for the Huskies. Chris Sailer Kicking wrote about Brown saying "He hits a consistent ball and easily averages 45+ yards with 4.5+ hang time. He also shows that he can hit a big time D1 ball of 50+ with 5.0+ hang time."





9. Kyle Ostendorp - Arizona


Ostendorp was a freshman punter for the Wildcats in 2019 and averaged 39.7 yards per punt.



10. Jamieson Sheahan - Cal


Sheahan comes to Berkeley from Australia and will be a junior in 2019.




11. Tom Snee - Oregon


Snee is another Australian punter in the Pac-12 and averaged 35.2 yards per punt for the Ducks in 2018. Snee redshirted in 2019 and will look to show improvement during the 2020 campaign.



12. Collin Flintoft or Nicholas Barr-Mirra - UCLA


Flintoft was 247's 7th ranked punter in the class of 2018. The UCLA punter didn't play during his first 2 years as a Bruin but will look to become a contributor in 2020. Barr-Mira was 247's 9th ranked kicker in 2019. The two will compete for the UCLA starting punter position.