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It was good week of work for our Aussie in the NFL. Check out the news and notes below!
Mat McBriar has a solid first outing
Mat McBriar played his first game of the season in Philadelphia's dramatic win over division rival New York Giants and it's safe to say he had a good day.
McBriar punted four times for a gross average of 45.5 yards per punt. These are good numbers, but his net average on the day was 38.3 - the previous punter, Chas Henry, was replaced because of his 39.6 net average.
A question was asked last week whether or not Henry's poor numbers were because of poor coverage by the special teams unit. If McBriar's numbers remain low we may concede this is the case.
To his credit McBriar did place the ball within the Giants' 20-yard line twice. Henry took three games to achieve the same result.
Perhaps the strongest indication that McBriar's job is secure is the fact that kicker Alex Henery hit all four of his field goal attempts with McBriar holding. It was widely reported that McBriar lost the job in Philly because of Chas Henry's experience holding for Henery. Henery himself was pleased with his new holder.
The fact that his first game holding for Henery was flawless bodes well for the future.
You can find Mat McBriar's season stats here
Sav Rocca stays consistent
Rocca had seven punts in Washington's win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has remained largely consistent.
He had a gross punting average of 46.7 yards and a net average of 40.7. These are good numbers, placing him squarely in the middle ranks of current NFL punters.
Rocca has only placed five punts within the opposition's 20 this season - not triggering alarm bells but something worth noting.
Likewise, the fact the Redskins appear to have solved their issues blocking on special teams should be noted. None of the ugly issues experienced in the first two games have reoccurred.
You can find Sav Rocca's season stats here
Aussies in the NCAA
Our young Aussies had solid performances over the weekend. LSU punter Brad Wing
managed a 44.3-yard punting average during their win over Towson. He's been punting at a consistently high level since starting the season in week 2.
continues to be an important part of that scary Alabama defensive line. He managed one solo and two assisted tackles during their win over Mississippi. As expected, Mississippi was a tougher challenge than previous matchups.
Both Alabama and LSU sit at 5-0 on the season so far.
LSU and Alabama play each other on November 4th (our time). Mark it in your calendars.
HAVE A TIP?
If you think there’s an Aussie gridiron player giving it his all in the States right now who deserves attention please let us know.
We’ll be sure to mention him in the next edition.