August 8, 2007
Jared Armstrong might have been the best ugly punter in the country last season.
No, his appearance wasn't the problem, but his kicks, although generally effective, weren't always a sight to behold. The former junior college transfer spent his first Division I season mixing the high-archers - the type you like to see - with low liners - the type you don't.
"That's not what I want, it's not what I want at all," Armstrong said of the later. "Obviously the better the net (average) is, the better overall you are as a punter, because that's what NFL guys look for. The more hang time the better your net is, so it's really just about the consistency of doing that every time. That's what I need to focus on."
Despite the roller coaster tendency of his punts in '06, Armstrong finished with an average of 43.1 yards, which ranked as the second-best in the Big Ten and was the second-highest mark in Purdue history.
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