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ROUND 5: Bengals take Kevin Huber (P)

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[img]http://static.nfl.com/static/content/catch_all/nfl_image/combine/headshots/71333.jpg[/img] Kevin Huber ([url="http://www.nfl.com/draft/2009/tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-position/dt-by-position-input:specialists"]P[/url]) Height: 6'1" Weight: 220 College: [url="http://www.nfl.com/draft/2009/tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-college/dt-by-college-input:56"]Cincinnati[/url] Conference: [url="http://www.nfl.com/draft/2009/tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-college/dt-by-conference-input:bigeast"]Big East[/url] Hometown: Cincinnati, OH High School: McNicholas [url="http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/kevin-huber?id=71333"]View Combine Page >>[/url] [b]Overview[/b] The arrival of new head coach Brian Kelly brought about a renaissance for the Bearcats' special teams. After patiently waiting for his opportunity, Huber was named the squad's starting punter for the 2007 campaign. He rewarded his coach for having faith in him, as he went on to not only lead the nation in gross punting (46.88-yard average), but also helped Cincinnati lead the major college ranks in net punting (40.21 average by Huber and 39.61 yards by the team).


With his stellar junior campaign under his belt, professional scouts were curious if Huber's performance was a one-shot affair. Throughout the 2008 season, he backed up his performance, as his 44.95-yard gross average ranked seventh-highest in the major college division. He also became the first player in Division I history to lead the nation in net punting average (2006-08) in three consecutive seasons.


Huber attended McNicholas (Cincinnati, Ohio) High School, playing football for head coach John Rodenburg. The three-time All-League selection was named the league's Punter of the Year as a junior and senior. In his final season, he helped the team gain a berth in the state playoffs.


In 2004, Huber enrolled at Cincinnati, earning Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll recognition as both a true and redshirt freshman. He was one of 16 Bearcats to make his collegiate debut in the 2005 season opener vs. Eastern Michigan, but did not get into a game again until the season finale vs. Rutgers. He finished that year with a 35.7-yard average on six kicks, including three that were downed inside the 20-yard line.


Huber was relegated to understudy duties behind Brian Steel in 2006. His only action came vs. Western Michigan in the International Bowl. He made the most of that limited opportunity, as both of his punts were for 50 yards or longer, attaining a 50.5-yard average.


As a junior, Huber was a consensus All-American and unanimous All-Big East Conference selection. The Ray Guy Award finalist (nation's top punter) also garnered Big East Special Teams Player of the Year accolades. He punted 57 times for 2,672 yards, setting school season (46.88 avg) and game (59.7-yard average vs. Marshall) records while leading the nation in gross and net yard average. He also gained 12 yards on a rushing attempt from punt formation and recorded a tackle.


Huber continued his excellence as a senior. The Ray Guy Award semifinalist and All-American first-team choice ranked seventh in the nation with a 44.95-yard average on 60 punts and led the major college ranks with a 41.83-yard net average. He had 24 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including 15 inside the 10-yard marker and seven that were placed inside the 5-yard line.


[b]High School[/b] Attended McNicholas (Cincinnati, Ohio) High School, playing football for head coach John Rodenburg...The three-time All-League selection was named the league's Punter of the Year as a junior and senior...In his final season, he helped the team gain a berth in the state playoffs.



Analysis

Positives: Left-footed punter, which can give return men fits because of the unusual spin on the ball. ... Has adequate height and has a stout, but not muscular, build. ... Has above-average leg strength. ... Sells out to tackle return men, although he doesn't have to do it that often. ... Improved his ability as a senior to get the ball to bounce straight up or softly inside the 10. ... Holds on placements, able to handle poor snaps.

Negatives: Slow three-step delivery (1.35 seconds), often with a stutter-step before receiving the snap, but has not had a punt blocked. ... Inconsistent hang-time because he does not turn the ball over or always square the ball. ... Many of his longer punts are line drives with around 3.5 seconds of hang-time, giving opponents great return chances. ... Only punted two years. ... Does not handle kickoffs.
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love it

we are killing this draft
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I can't take this any more... Some one tell the Bengals to quit while they're ahead.
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[quote name='F.Cleveland' post='769555' date='Apr 26 2009, 02:21 PM']I can't take this any more... Some one tell the Bengals to quit while they're ahead.[/quote]


bahahahahahahaha @ your avatar...


outstanding..
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In all seriousness, we could genuinely draft the Hamburgler next and this would still be a draft for the ages.

Bengals War Room, I salute you!
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[quote name='F.Cleveland' post='769555' date='Apr 26 2009, 12:21 PM']I can't take this any more... Some one tell the Bengals to quit while they're ahead.[/quote]
[size=5]HU(BER) - DEY!!!!!!!![/size]
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who locked mike brown in the closet?
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I love this draft!
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He's got a chubby-cheeked, goofy, Big Ben smile, so I instinctively want him to get hit by an old lady in her car. However, I think he can probably help the team, so I'll fight my urges. :)
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


one of the best punters in the NFL instantly. his kicking ability is unreal.
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Mike Brown is on fire
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[quote name='mongo' post='769571' date='Apr 26 2009, 03:23 PM']He's got a chubby-cheeked, goofy, Big Ben smile, so I instinctively want him to get hit by an old lady in her car. However, I think he can probably help the team, so I'll fight my urges. :)[/quote]
I was just thinking how much he looked like a less inbred Big Ben in that picture.
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Kyle Larson, dont let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya
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I can't find a video of his work... anyone help me out?
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[quote name='DontPushMe' post='769582' date='Apr 26 2009, 03:26 PM']Mike Brown is on fire[/quote]


We can only hope.

:049:
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ALSO - how much money is saved with the release of Larson?
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[quote name='Tigris' post='769598' date='Apr 26 2009, 02:31 PM']ALSO - how much money is saved with the release of Larson?[/quote]

not enough to care about.
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[img]http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x318/superflysuperwhite/Holy-Shit.jpg[/img]
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[quote name='Sox' post='769597' date='Apr 26 2009, 02:30 PM']We can only hope.

:049:[/quote]
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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mike browns dart board is kicking ass today!!!!!!!! :ninja:
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a 220 pound punter? Holy shit! :lol:
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Good pick. He has some things to work on, but his potential is way beyond Larson.
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5th Round (142): P Kevin Huber
Sunday 04-26-2009 2:18pm ET
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Bengals take UC punter Kevin Huber.

Huber was playing golf when the Bengals called him and he'll be coming down to the stadium a little later.



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lewis: other than andre, this is the draft pick we've spent the most time with

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I remember sitting in the stands before the Cincinnati @ UConn game watching Huber warming up. I was [i]amazed[/i] at how far he was kicking it over and over and over. Can't believe we have him now.
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