Wednesday, October 14, 2009
October 14, 2009
The Browns not only pulled off a win this past Sunday, but punter Dave Zastudil did such a great job that he's been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played on October 11 and 12. The league announced the award on Wednesday.
During the Browns 6-3 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Zastudil recorded nine punts for 386 yards. Seven of the nine punts were downed inside the 20, and three of those were placed inside the five yard line. His last punt of the game was fumbled on the Bill's 16-yard line and was recovered by Cleveland, which led to a game-winning field goal seven plays later with just 26 seconds left int he game.
With seven punts inside the 20, Zastudil is now tied with Josh Miller for the third-most in a single game since the statistic began being recorded in 1976. The last time such a feat was accomplished was in 199, when Bryan Barker of the Jacksonville Jaguars recorded eight punts inside the 20.
Zastudil is the first Browns punter to win the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week since Kyle Richardson earned it during week 9 of the 2005 season. It is also his first time winning the award.