LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Former University of Kentucky punter Tim Masthay, now with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance in last week’s victory over the Chicago Bears.
Masthay threw the first touchdown pass of his career and punted five times for a 47.6 average in the Packers’ 23-10 win over Chicago. In the second quarter with the Packers leading 3-0, Green Bay faced a fourth-and-26 situation at the Chicago 27-yard line. The Packers lined up for a field goal but executed a fake, ending with Masthay throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tom Crabtree. It was the first touchdown pass by a Green Bay punter since November 19, 1972 when Ron Widby threw a 68-yard touchdown to Dave Davis.
Masthay placed three of his punts inside the 20-yard line and had a net average of 42.0 yards per punt. He helped limit Chicago’s Devin Hester to two returns and eight yards (4.0 average).
In his third season from Kentucky, this is Masthay’s third career Player of the Week Award (Week 8, 2010 and Week 13, 2011). Masthay is the first punter to be named Special Teams Player of the Week in each of his first three NFL seasons