Q&A with Texas A&M redshirt junior punter Drew Kaser
Published: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.
HOOVER, Ala. — Five questions with Texas A&M redshirt junior punter Drew Kaser.
Q: What did it mean for coach Kevin Sumlin to bring you to SEC Media Days?
A: It’s an honor. There’s not too many punters or specialists that come to SEC Media Days, but it just lets me know that coach Sumlin believes in me being a leader on the team and being a voice for the team as well.
Q: How does a punter become a team leader?
A: For a team leader, you have to prove yourself. There aren’t many team leaders out there that are unproven. So last year, being the unknown guy coming in and then having success throughout the season, it let my leadership grow as the season went on. Now, with a year under my belt, I can become the leader I want to be.
Q: Most people think of NFL veteran Shane Lechler when they think of Texas A&M punters. Have you ever had the chance to meet or speak with him?
A: I met him once, and we’ve texted a few times back and forth. Shane has been my idol for so long. For him to even know who I was when I first met him was really surprising. He knew all about me. So we were picking each other’s brains for 3-4 hours. Just talking to a guy on that level with that experience was awesome.
Q: How would you describe your style of punting?
A: I consider myself a little hybrid. I watch a lot of film on a lot of different guys and I believe my punting style, my swing, is a little different. A lot of punters have the same basics. But with my soccer background, I believe that I have a different aspect and different technique. With the rocket, half-rugby style punt that we do, I think that kind of players a factor, too.
Q: How does special teams coordinator Jeff Banks help you with your game?
A: He’s punted and kicked in college, so he knows what we’ve been through. Having him is big for me. We’ll be standing there warming up for practice, and if I don’t hit a good punt for a couple of punts in a row, we’ll talk and figure it out in about five or 10 seconds. During warm-ups and throughout meetings, he’s very critical of me because he’s been through it all and he knows what’s successful and what’s not.
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