Ryan Sanborn committed to Texas this week after making his official visit this weekend.
While I know everyone on OB is an expert on special teams (as well as experts in just about every other facet of life), I don’t feel qualified to say whether or not he’s good enough. But I know how to ask people who are qualified, so that’s what I did.
Jamie Kohl is, and I don’t use this word lightly, a punting expert. He trains many kickers who are in the NFL today. He also runs numerous kick camps and has had clients since high school. He is also currently a special team advisor for the Carolina Panthers. In other words, he knows more about kicking than all the Orangebloods experts put together.
“Hang time, direction, the ability to get the ball off quickly and consistently, those are qualities that are very, very hard to find,” said Kohl. “Ryan, who has been coached at Stanford and has been through it for several years, is getting an experienced player who should be able to help Jeff (Banks – Special Teams Coordinator) achieve some of the things he wants to accomplish from a special teams perspective.
“If he performs as he has performed in the past and makes the natural progression or profit that most gamblers make as they gain more and more experience, as they catch more shots from different angles and see rushes at them from different angles come, they should. improve.”
While Kohl had nothing but praise for Sanborn, who has kicked Kohl’s camps in the past, he was even more effusive in his praise for Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Banks.
“In today’s day and age, special teams and yards are always important in winning field position and in my mind Jeff Banks is one of the best to do that,” said Kohl. “Banks is a former gambler and I’ve worked and worked with Jeff for the past 10 to 15 years, I’ve gotten to know him. He’s had a lot of my guys come through his teams in Texas A&M and Alabama. He’s probably just as good like anyone who works with specialists.”
Banks went up against Daniel Trejo as a transfer gambler at fall camp in August. Trejo, who averaged 39.1 yards per punt at Texas Wesleyan, gained two additional yards per punt for an average of 41.5 ypp during his lone season with Banks at UT.
Sanborn had a similar average at Stanford last season (41.68 ypp).
“Those are things that if he’s in that system, he’s been working and progressing and then he gets a chance to go with Jeff and pedal to Texas. I see those numbers are better,” Kohl said. “I know guys are sometimes judged by numbers alone, but again, starts are part of the story, not the whole story.”
Kohl also spotted new punter/kicker Reed Malphurs announcing Tuesday that he’s committed to Texas as the preferred walk-on.
“He had one of his best seasons, I think it was last year, going 18 for 20 with a lung of 57,” said Kohl, looking through his notes at Malphurs. “He’s done that in games, which is very, very impressive. To be able to do that during the games and then have success in games is very, very big.”
Malphurs is a big boy at 6-6. Most of his Hudl movie is about him kicking field goals… and he sure puts those big legs to good use.
I don’t normally gush about Hudl movies from kickers, but for a preferred walk-on, it could end up being a good one.
Banks certainly kicks the tires on some guys trying to get the best kicks he can get on campus.
There’s more to read in this week’s Just a Bit Outside column. Click the link to join the discussion of what brings Sanford to Texas. I also interrupt the handover from Bijan Robinson to Jonathan Brooks for the Alamo Bowl and I bid a sad farewell to Mike Leach and Grant Wahl.