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By Jordan Brown
Kentucky Punter Max Duffy was named to the ESPN Preseason All-America team on Tuesday. This brings him to a total of 7 preseason All-America honors. This has to be close to some type of record for a Kentucky player—you would think, right?
Playing a position that is usually overlooked by fans, Duffy excels in doing his job every time he steps on the field. You hear that in football a lot, every player has a specific job to do for every play or the play won’t be successful. When it comes to punting with strength and accuracy, Duffy deserves a raise for the work he does. Not a recipient of the glory of touchdowns and interceptions, he single-handedly gives Kentucky a chance to win games by putting the defense in comfortable field position.
The Perth, Australia native has also been named a first team All-American by the Associated Press, Athlon Sports, CBS Sports, Phil Steel’s College Football, Sporting News, and Walter Camp. He returns for his senior season after a outstanding 2019 season, earning the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter. He was also named first-team All-American by Walter Camp, the AP, Sporting News, ESPN, FWAA, AFCA Coaches’, The Athletic, USA Today, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports.
Kentucky led the nation in net punting with a 44.55-yard net average, thanks to Duffy, who led the nation in punting at 48.10 yards. He is UK’s career punt leader with a 46.3-yard average. Duffy graduated in December of 2019 with a degree in psychology and is currently working on a master’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion. He has been named to the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Honor Roll, the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll, and has been listed on the Deans List twice.
The importance of Duffy to the season that Kentucky can have is something that should not be overlooked. He truly has all the assets that any football program is looking for in punter. Duffy is dependable, hardworking, powerful, and accurate. We should all be excited how far his boot takes Kentucky’s team this year and his promising career on the NFL stage.