Irish born University of Colorado punter Darragh O’Neill, who we previously featured on NFL-Ireland.com, still has his sights set on entering the NFL.
The Denver Post ran a feature on O’Neill, who was born in Cork and moved to American when he was three years old. While the 1-9 Buffalo’s have the 114th ranked offense in the nation, O’Neill is currently 18th in the nation with an average of 43 yards per punt.
O’Neill is on course to break two school records this season, one for most punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and the second punts inside the 10-yard line. O’Neill has also been on the shortlist for the Ray Guy Award and the College Football Performance Awards Punter of the Year
The former basketball and soccer player had this to say[quote]I think I have seen some growth in those situations. I’ve been pleased by my progress. And I think I have been a lot better in terms of hang time, but I know that has to improve. Punting is something I embrace now and I’ve been pretty encouraged this year. Next year, I would like to put myself into the next level to where I’m in the top five or top 10 punters in the country. That’s what I’m working for.[/quote]
Special Teams coach J.D. Brookhart has been particularly impressed by his ability to kick with both feet.[quote]You get him on the field and really it’s his versatility. He can kick the ball left, right, and can place it really well. He’s also able to roll out, which makes it really tough on punt return teams.[/quote]
Check out the article here CU Buffs punter Darragh O’Neill getting leg up on shot at NFL gold.