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We continue our series detailing the Aussies competing at the college level with Tim Gleeson.
Tim Gleeson - Punter - University of Tennessee
: 195 lbs
Another prospect trained by Prokick Australia, Gleeson began his punting career with the University of Wyoming before transferring to Tennessee this year.
While growing up in Victoria Gleeson originally played Aussie rules -- as many of our Aussies overseas do --, competing in the TAC Cup and was successful as a track and field athlete. He began to develop his punting at the age of 18, and is considered to possess excellent directional skills with the ball.
Gleeson had a successful first season with the University of Wyoming, punting 62 times for a 43.0 yard average as a freshman. His longest punt was a 66-yard monster in Week 3 against Cal Poly and he punted over 50 yards 13 times on the season, and placed the ball inside opposition 20-yard lines 21 times.
In October he was named the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week
thanks to a 45.5 yard average on six punts against Nevada. He also earned a 2012 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention for his freshman performance that saw him ranked 4th in the conference and 26th in the nation for punting.
Despite his success during the year Gleeson opted to leave the University of Wyoming for unknown 'personal reasons'. He has since announced that he will be joining the University of Tennessee.
Tennessee has a longstanding and well-respected football program, but as per NCAA rules he'll have to sit out the 2013 season before can play. He'll need to compete for the job with fellow punters Matt Darr and Andrew Gantz to earn the starting spot next season.
The Volunteers could certainly use a punter with Gleeson's skills. Last year they ranked 68th in the country with a 40.7 yard per punt average, Wyoming with Gleeson were ranked 34th in the county and a 42.7 yard average. Wyoming also beat out Tennessee in net yardage, with the Cowboys managing a net average of 39.7 while the Volunteers only 36.
When Gleeson is able to punt he'll surely improve the special teams unit as a whole.
We look forward to seeing him develop throughout the year.