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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Ryan Dougherty & Eric Wilbur

On Sunday and Monday Ryan Dougherty flew into Milwaukee, Wisconsin for some One on One Punting Lessons. Ryan graduated from East Carolina and was also signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers for two seasons. Ryan is a 6'1 and 230 pound big legged punter.

Ryan attended my PRO Development Kicking Camp June 24 - 26 and liked some of the things we worked on. He called me and wanted some One on One work and flew up here to Milwaukee for two days.

I could tell that Ryan had been working diligently on some of my drills and showed improvement immediately during my One Step Drill.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed on almost every drop Ryan was cocking the nose of the ball upward. Sometimes the nose came down but more times then not the nose stayed up causing the ball not to turn over.

In the photo above you can see Ryan working on shortening his approach and locking the ball on the table quicker. On this punt you see a nose down drop and Ryan hitting a big 50 yard punt with a 4.8 second hang time.

During the two days of One on One Punting Lessons Ryan had some excellent punts. He launched one 60 yard punt with a 4.88 hang time and several other punts with high 4.9's and low 5.0's. Ryan was starting to hit more power zone punts with better get offs and more consistency.

Ryan now knows exactly what he needs to do to take his game to the next level. He has the talent. He can punt long and far. The secret to all punters success is consistency.

It was again a pleasure working with Ryan and I wish him the best of luck in his pursuit of an NFL or UFL career.

Ryan Dougherty with Coach Zauner
Next Man Up Eric Wilbur

Also, on Monday and Tuesday former University of Florida Punter Eric Wilbur flew into Milwaukee for some One on One Punting Lessons.

Eric recently signed a free agent contract with the N.Y. Jets and was in mini camp for several weeks but was released a couple of weeks ago.

During Eric's warm up he launched some big hang time punts. I could see why the Jets had signed him. Eric continued to punt and I watched and analyzed his technique. I could see that he liked to drop the ball with the nose up and let the ball fall to flat. He drilled some excellent hang time punts.

However, as we continued and I started throwing him some snaps and as he dropped the ball his drop was staying nose up. He was hitting the back side of the ball causing his punts not to turn over.

We video taped everything. We took a break and I showed him the video. Eric also gives punting and kicking lessons and immediately saw the same things I was seeing.

I introduced Eric to my Drop Progression and Drop Zone Drill. We worked on his foot work and drop. He was a quick study and improved quickly. In the photo below you can see Eric working my Drop Progression Drill.

After Eric improved his power zone punting technique we progressed to directional punting. Once again we addressed how his foot work (inside step) was getting him into trouble. We once again went to the press box and watched some video.

When we went back on the field Eric crushed several 50 to 60 yard punts with some big 4.8 to 5.2 second hang times.

We then spent a little time working on the Aussie Drop Punt in pooch punt territory. Eric again improved quickly. We finished the second session working on Eric's field goals holding technique. As I told Eric you must make sure all phases of your game are at the top level.

Click below to listen to Eric Wilbur's testimonial after working with Coach Zauner.

It was a pleasure meeting and working with Eric and I wish him the best of luck in his pursuit of and NFL or UFL career.

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