LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky true freshman punter Landon Foster has been named to the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference Team as voted by SEC coaches, the league office announced on Thursday.
Foster becomes the first UK punter ever to be selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team, which began in 1986.The team was chosen by the Knoxville News-Sentinel from 1986-98 before league coaches took over the selections in 1999.
The native of Franklin, Tenn., had a fantastic first season with the Wildcats, ranking 27th nationally in punting and eighth in the conference with a season average of 42.9 yards per punt. Foster is fourth among freshmen nationally in punting. Overall, Foster launched 61 punts this season for 2,617 yards and 13 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. The freshman only had three touchbacks on the year, while his longest punt of the season was a 58-yarder against Arkansas. Foster averaged a staggering 50.7 yards per punt in the win over Kent State, while he hit at least one punt over 50 yards in nine of UK’s 12 games.
During the season, Foster was named Honorable Mention Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards four times and was selected to the National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List by the CFPA.
As a team, Kentucky currently sits 18th nationally in net punting with a mark of 39.46. That high number is less than five-tenths off the third-highest net punting mark for one season in school history (39.92 in 1999).
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