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June 9, 2013

Ranking the Big Ten: Punter

As Nebraska moves into its third season in the Big Ten Conference, HuskerOnline.com will get you ready with ranking analysis pieces breaking down each position in the league. Today, we look at the punter position in the Big Ten heading into 2013.

1. Mike Sadler, Michigan State, 6-0, 185, Jr.
Michigan State's Mike Sadler was first-team All-Big Ten and in 2012, and he's the unanimous preseason favorite heading into the 2013 season. The junior averaged 43.3 yards on 79 punts, including a season long of 70 yards.
2. Cody Webster, Purdue, 6-1, 210, Sr.
With Michigan punter Will Hagerup suspended for the 2013 season, Purdue's Cody Webster gets our nod at No. 2 behind Sadler. Webster averaged 42.3 yards per punt on 70 attempts and had a season long mark of 72 yards in 2012.
3. Justin Duvernois , Illinois, 6-1, 190, Jr.
Illinois got a solid season of production out of Justin Duvernois in 2012, as he averaged 41.9 yards on 73 punts. Look for him to better those numbers in 2013. 73 3060 72 41.9
4. Drew Meyer, Wisconsin, 6-2, 182, So.
With Wisconsin's early season struggles in 2012, Drew Meyer had the most punt attempts in the Big Ten last season at 80. Meyer only had a season long mark of 61 yards, but was consistent with an average of 41.5 yards.
5. Brandon Williams, Northwestern, 6-2, 185, Sr.
There really isn't a solid choice for the No. 5 spot on our list, but we'll give the nod to Northwestern's Brandon Williams. As junior Williams averaged 39.9 yards per punt on 64 attempts and is a key component for a Wildcat team that literally returns every key part from a year ago.

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