Monday October 22, 2012Christy Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week
University of Florida sophomore punter Kyle Christy (Brownsburg, Ind.) has been named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday.
Christy had a career game against No. 9 South Carolina on Saturday afternoon, when he established a single-game school record with a 54.3 average, with a season-best kick of 62 yards. The previous mark of 53.0 yards by Fred Montsdeoca had been established in 1949 against Alabama.
Six of his seven punts on the day versus the Gamecocks were for more than 50 yards, he had a pair of touchbacks and placed one inside of the 20-yard line. In addition, Christy’s 62-yard punt in the first quarter was his third kick of 60-or-more yards during his career. His single-game performance was the second-best nationally this year, behind Mike Sadler’s 55.4 average for Michigan State against Ohio State on Sept. 29.
Christy ranks 1st in the country with a 47.9-yard average punting. Exactly half of his 36 punts this season have been 50 yards or longer, 13 have been inside of the 20-yard line, 11 have been fair caught and four have resulted in touchbacks.
No. 3/3 Florida (7-0/6-0 SEC) will face its fourth ranked SEC opponent of the campaign on Saturday when it faces No. 12/11 Georgia (6-1/4-1 SEC) in Jacksonville at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. It will be the Gators’ second-straight game against a ranked SEC opponent, and third encounter in four games versus a Top-25 foe.