A few episodes ago the Simple Kicking Show hosted the Aussie Roundtable with Max Duffy and Lou Hedley. This episode brings it back to America which features two of college football’s best punters. Michael Turk is the punter for Arizona State University, and Zach Von Rosenberg is the former punter for the LSU Tigers. Both are leading punters in their conference. In 2020 Turk was named 1st Team All Pac-12, and Von Rosenberg was named 2nd Team All-SEC. Both were named semi-finalists for the 2019 or 2020 Ray Guy Award, an annual award given to college football’s top punter.
Michael and Zach have each become top NFL punting prospects in NCAA Football.
In 2019 Turk had a breakout season. He averaged 46 yards per punt and scored a 97.2 Simple Kicking Punting Rating (SKPR), which ranks 20th best in the past 8 years of tracking college football punting data. Secondly, 2019 had some incredible talent in punting: Max Duffy, Kentucky, 2019 Ray Guy Winner, and Jack Fox, Rice University, and current punter for the Detroit Lions, both of which are Simple Kicking’s own. Additionally, there was Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse, and current punter for the Atlanta Falcons, Joseph Charlton, South Carolina, and current punter for the Carolina Panthers, and Tommy Townsend, University of Florida, and current punter for the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2019 Von Rosenberg was a key asset the to the LSU Tiger 2020 Von Rosenberg had a breakout season improving 6.91% year-over-year on the SKPR. He averaged 43.95 yards per punt, 42.0 net, and scored a 96.6 Simple Kicking Punting Rating which ranked him 9th overall in 2020. 2020 was another strong year in punting with Pressley Harvin III (Georgia Tech) winning the Ray Guy Award. Plus, Zach finished with 1.0% of the following: Jake Camarda (Georgia), Lou Hedley (Miami), Jake Julien (Eastern Michigan), Kirk Christodoulou (PITT), Jacob Finn (Florida), and Tory Taylor (Iowa).
Both have earned all-conference Player of the Week or other awards. Michael Turk was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week after he averaged 51.6 yards per punt at USC. Von Rosenberg was named Ray Guy Punter of the Week after he averaged 48.9 yards per punt at Arkansas.
A few years ago both Turk and Von Rosenberg were not punting. Zach was a pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system then got cut. Subsequently, he walked on to the LSU team as a tight end, while Turk was not playing high school football at all.
Again, they are now both incredibly talented punters with dreams on the highest levels in the sport!
Most families in America throw the pigskin around on Thanksgiving, but the Turk family is at games punting in the parking lot. He comes from a family where punting his fairly common; his uncle Matt spent more than a decade and a half in the NFL playing for the Washington Redskins (now known as Washington Football Team.) His brother Ben Turk punted for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the early 2010s.
Beginning his collegiate career as a Lafayette Leopard, he played his first career game. Not playing a single game of high school football, Turk has made remarkable progress. So after the 2019 season he declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. His progress shined off the field in the weight room where he posted 25 reps of 225 pounds on the benchpress. Again, remarkable.
The progress continued in 2020. Although playing an abbreviated season with fewer reps, Turk blasted the ball averaging 47.21 yards per punt. This ranked 2nd in college football behind Harvin. Turk was named first team Pac-12 in 2020 for the second consecutive season.
Von Rosenberg grew up in Louisiana, graduated from Zachary High School, and signed with the Pirates out of high school. After being cut Von Rosenberg enrolled at LSU where he decided to walk on for the football team. At one point he was the oldest player in college football.
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