Monday, December 05, 2011
From Darren Urban's "Defense Continues Hot Streak"
December 5, 2011
In a game where field position was crucial, the Cardinals got kicks from punter Dave Zastudil that were the reason they wanted to bring him on as a replacement for Ben Graham.
Zastudil averaged 50.1 yards on seven punts Sunday, with a net of 45.0, as the Cards found themselves constantly backed up deep in their own end and needed to change field position. Five times Zastudil punted from his own 21-yard line or deeper, and three of those times came from within the Cards’ own 9.
“We do a lot of situations in practices where we are backed up, especially punting out of the end zone,” Zastudil said. “It’s one of those deals where you practice it over and over and try to do it. We had great coverage.
“It’s just nice the coaches believed in me and gave me a chance to come here and play.”
Zastudil is averaging 45.4 per punt with a net of 37.9 this season.