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52 days to football: Remembering and replacing Logan Cooke

 

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Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.  

 

Today, since we are 52 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: What did MSU get out of Logan Cooke's 52 punts last year and what, if anything, can MSU hope to get more out of in this year's punter, whoever it is? 

 

 

 

On those 52 punts, MSU got 20 of them downed inside the 20, which sure is nice for field position. Thirteen of them were 50 yards or greater, making for an average of 42.7 yards per punt. 

 

For fun, I compared those numbers to the three Ray Guy Award finalists from last season: Alabama's JK Scott, Texas' Michael Dickson and Utah's Mitch Wishnowsky. They are incredibly similar. 

 

Wishnowsky averaged 43.88 yards per punt, Cooke averaged 42.7; Wishnowsky pinned 16 of his 52 punts inside the 20, Cooke pinned 20 of his 52 in that territory. Admittedly, Scott and Dickson were much better at pinning punts inside the 20, but there's more than skill involved in that: if given 10 tries, almost any punter can get a few inside the 20 if they're punting from the 45, but if you're punting from your own end zone even the best punter won't get even one punt there. 

 

I say all of that to say this: it's not hard to argue that Cooke wasn't that far from being in the race for the Ray Guy Award, so anyone giving MSU the level of punting Cooke gave it is a pretty good thing. All that's left to settle is if that will be Kody Schexnayder or Tucker Day. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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