University of Kansas

KU kicker, punter honored after last-second win

Updated: 2013-09-23T17:30:46Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— The special-teams honors piled up for Kansas on Monday morning, two days after punter Trevor Pardula and kicker Matthew Wyman helped kick the Jayhawks to a 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech.

Kansas punter Trevor Pardula was selected Big 12 special teams player of the week. Pardula, a junior college transfer, was also selected as the Ray Guy Award player of the week by the Augusta Sports Council, which presents the Guy Award each year to the college punter of the year.

Wyman, meanwhile, was chosen as one of three Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award “Stars of the Week” after drilling a 52-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.

Pardula set a school record for punting average in the win over Louisiana Tech, averaging 57.6 yards on five punts. While the KU offense struggled to move the ball in the third quarter, Pardula twice flipped field position in the Jayhawks’ favor, booming punts of 78 and 65 yards.

Pardula’s 78-yard punt was tied for the eighth longest in KU history, the best Jayhawk punt since Rich Reith hit a 78-yarder on Oct. 18, 1986. Pardula leads the Big 12 and ranks second nationally in punting average at 49.7 yards.

During the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference on Monday, Charlie Weis also mentioned Pardula’s strong performance on kickoffs.

“In addition to having a touchback,” Weis said, “the other two times he skies it to the goal line and we tackled them inside the 20. So he had two duties there.”

Weis contemplated using Pardula on the Jayhawks’ 52-yard game-winning field-goal attempt, which Wyman nailed through the uprights. Pardula has a stronger leg than Wyman, with range up to around 60 yards. But Wyman has been more accurate in practice, Weis said, and he’d hit around 80 percent of his kicks from that distance.

The decision paid off.

Wyman’s 52-yard field goal is tied for the sixth-longest in the NCAA this season. It’s also the longest field goal by a KU kicker since 2009.

Texas sophomore running back Johnathan Gray was chosen Big 12 offensive player of the week, while Baylor safety Terrell Burt and Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat were selected co-defensive players of the week.

KU-Texas Tech to kick off at 11 a.m.

The Big 12 announced on Monday that KU’s home game against Texas Tech on Oct. 5 will kick off at 11 a.m. and be aired on Fox Sports 1. For Kansas, the Homecoming matchup will come just a day after the annual “Late Night in the Phog” basketball scrimmage at Allen Fieldhouse.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/rustindodd.

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