Episode 3 is really part 2 of the Austin McNamara interview. In 2019 Austin was a Freshman All-American Punter for Texas Tech. Coached by Head Coach Matt Wells & Special Teams Coordinator Mark Tommerdahl, he was also named to the 2019 All-Big12 Football team. If you’re a nerd about kicking and punting, you could find that this episode is just right for you.
On the surface, Austin’s stats are impressive, averaging 45 yards per punt in 2019 as a true Freshman for the Red Raiders. Digging deeper into the conversation, I find it more appropriate to call it outstanding.
The second segment goes deeper into why. Find out how Austin improves in the offseason, #HardWorkPaysOff and in specific how he manages the windy conditions in Lubbock, Texas. Jones AT&T Stadium is difficult to play in, and he knows how to punt in or with the wind. Texas Tech Football Recruiting got an amazing recruit in Austin McNamara. Who knows, maybe one day he ends up as successful as Patrick Mahomes, but he might end up being a Texas Tech football player in the NFL.
Listening to this segment will sound like listening to a professional because it goes into the weeds on how Austin approaches his daily routine. It spells out what his phrase “Hard Work Pays Off” looks like and feels like. If you think you want a college football scholarship then hearing this story might inspire you. Austin does the little things very well, which makes him have 100% confidence when he steps on the field.
Austin was 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. (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 McNamara episode is broken up into 2 segments.
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?
Austin is from Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona.