Hoosiers bringing in another punter from Down Under

Indiana’s punter pipeline from Down Under will continue.

James Evans, a punter from New Zealand, committed to the Hoosiers early Sunday morning (Eastern Time). He trains with Prokick Australia, the same organization that trained current IU punter Haydon Whitehead.

Whitehead, from Melbourne, Australia, has punted three years for IU and received an additional year of eligibility to return for the 2020 season. He will now presumably hand the punting reins to Evans once he exits.

Whitehead averaged a career-high 42.5 yards per punt last season and landed 27.5 percent (14-of-51) of his kicks inside the 10-yard line, which ranked fifth in the country. He also pinned opponents inside the 20 another 22 times, as well as six times inside the 5.

Evans mentioned Whitehead, a two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten selection, in his Twitter post Sunday, saying “Can’t wait to be a Hoosier come January and follow in the footsteps of the great Haydon Whitehead.”

IU now has seven verbal commitments for 2021. This is the first, of course, for special teams. IU currently has a scholarship kicker on the roster beyond 2021, redshirt sophomore Charles Campbell.

2 comments

  1. Another commitment for 2021 keeping the momentum going. It is good to see IU get a punter to replace Whitehead when he graduates. So far IU has used their special teams scholarships for very good players with Whitehead and Wracher and I hope James proves to be another good use of a scholarship.

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