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Friday, January 9, 2009

UW - Stevens Point Luke Frisch

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point All Conference Punter, Luke Frisch was in Scottsdale, Arizona for some One on One Punting Lessons.

I am very familiar with that college conference because I attended the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse many moons ago. Other members are Platteville, River Falls, Stout, Oshkosh, Eau Claire and Whitewater. UW - Whitewater has been in the National Championship Game the last four years in a row.

Matter a fact - Matt Turk (Redskins, Rams and Texans) was a graduate of UW - Whitewater. Matt has punted in the NFL for 14 seasons. So there is NFL talent to be found at all levels.

Luke was not only the punter but also a starting corner back on his UW - Stevens Point team. Luke is an good looking athlete with a strong and quick punting leg. Consistency, consistency and more consistency is the name of the punting game.

For three sessions we worked on fundamentals and drills. Luke has a good strong leg but likes to wipe the ball to create spirals rather than punting straight up and through the ball.

The Drop Progression and the One Step Drill was worked on a lot! Luke was walking out to the left and tossing his drop outside his hip causing a wiping action. This was causing him to have an inconsistent drop and contact on the ball.

Luke worked hard between sessions practicing his drop and walking straighter down field to his power zone and placing the ball directly in line with his punting leg. In the photo below, Luke is working my Drop Progression Drill.

At the start of Luke's third lesson he had the drop progression drill down to perfection. He was punting almost every punt to his power zone with (SNO) spiral nose over punts.

He thought he had solved his problem. He did momentarily. However, years of bad muscle memory are hard to get rid of when you eventually just go punt the ball with a snap.

The last thing we worked on was better hang times. Luke was hitting too many balls in the 4.1 to 4.5 range. In the photo below, you see Luke working a drill, trying to punt the ball over the light posts. I occasionally work this drill with punters because it gives them a goal for a trajectory angle they need to hit their punts to achieve a 4.7 to 5.0 second hang time.

Luke knows exactly what he needs to work on to improve his technique and mechanics. He also knows the times and distances he must achieve to be an NFL punter.

He is a hard working young man that is going to do his best to refine his technique to get the most out of his skill level. Then when he's hitting his best punts with consistency does he meet the standard for an NFL punter. Luke was a pleasure to work with and I wish him the best of luck pursuing an NFL career.

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