Penn football's Hunter Kelley named Ivy Rookie of the Week

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Freshman punter Hunter Kelley had a strong first week, punting six times while averaging 42 yards per punt. He beat out fellow-freshman Brock Elmore for the punting position during the preseason.

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A few weeks ago, Penn football didn’t even know who its starting punter was going to be.

Now, it just may have a keeper.

Playing in his first game after being named the starter, freshman Hunter Kelley was named Ivy Rookie of the Week for his debut performance against Jacksonville on Saturday.

Forced to punt six times on a rainy, sloppy afternoon, Kelley averaged 42 yards per punt, and pinned the Dolphins inside their 20-yard line twice. Two of Kelley’s punts travelled longer than 50 yards, including one 58-yard effort.

Last year, punters Max Kurucar and Donald Panciello combined to average only 36.8 yards per kick, and only three of their punts were longer than 50 yards.

It’s early, but the Red and Blue just may have found their punter of the future if Kelley can keep this up.


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