Austin McNamara was the starting punter for the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 2019. As a true freshman, he was selected to the 2019 All-Big 12 Football First Team.
There was only 1 other Freshman on the All-Conference team, Joshua Youngblood from Kansas State. There were numerous 2020 NFL Draft selections on this team of stars:
- CeeDee Lamb, WR, University of Oklahoma Sooners (Oklahoma), No. 17 overall pick (first round) in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys
- Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma, No. 23 overall pick (first round) in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers
- Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech Red Raiders, No. 27 overall pick (first round) in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks
- Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU Horned Frogs, No. 31 overall pick (first round) in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings
- Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU Horned Frogs, No. 40 overall pick (second round) in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans
- Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma, Alabama Crimson Tide, No. 53 overall pick (second round) in the 2020 NFL Draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles
- Devin Duvernay, WR, University of Texas Longhorns, No. 92 overall pick (third round) in the 2020 NFL Draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens
- James Lynch, DL, Baylor University Bears, No. 130 overall pick (fourth round) in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings
- Colton McKivitz, OT, University of West Virginia Mountaineers, No. 153 overall pick (fifth round) in the 2020 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers
- Hakeem Adeniji, OT, University of Kansas Jayhawks, No. 180 overall pick (sixth round) in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals
- Bravvion Roy, DL, Baylor University Bears, No. 184 overall pick (sixth round) in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers (Coached by Head Coach Matt Rhule)
Austin was also named to the Freshman All-America Team on multiple outlets: USA Today Sports, 247Sports, Football Writers Association of America, The Athletic, and Pro Football Focus. He is the first Texas Tech Punter to ever be named a Freshman All American. (Seriously he is really that good, put him in the same trajectory as Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs, MVP of Super Bowl LIV) He outperformed nearly all punters, averaging over 45 yards in net punting compared to the 38.82 yards in NCAA Average. Plus he played against some of the top punt returners in the NCAA. More of his impressive stats to follow because the Austin McNamara episode is broken up into 2 segments.
The first segment was recorded around Father’s Day weekend and it covers how his dad, Brian McNamara, coached Austin early on, and how he aided Austin during the college football recruiting. The goal was and always has been to improve at punting. Brian talks about how hard Austin works, and shares his favorite hashtag #HardWorkPaysOff. For parents of high school football kickers and punters this segment may answer some of the following questions: How to get a college athletic scholarship? How do I get exposure to college football coaches, special teams coordinators, special teams QC or Analysts? Which showcases, combines, invitationals, camps should I go to? Who is the best kicking coach? Who is the best punting coach?
Brian did not miss a game in 2019, just as Jim Burrow did not. Jim is the father of Heisman winner, Joe Burrow, and 2019 National championship for the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff, and was the first overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Brian played collegiate golf at Long Beach State before earning degrees at the University of Texas and BYU. He also coached Austin at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona and guided Austin to choose his own path, serving as a wingman. Austin was a highly sought after recruit, as a three-star prospect according to 247Sports and ESPN. He chose Texas Tech over Major Pac-12 teams like the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, major SEC programs like University of Missouri, Big 10 Conference team University of Nebraska, and Utah State University.