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KU punter Pardula impresses Chiefs’ Colquitt

Updated: 2013-10-01T21:52:49Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— It appears Kansas punter Trevor Pardula is drawing some attention from at least one pretty good NFL punter at One Arrowhead Drive.

Kansas coach Charlie Weis spent some time at Arrowhead Stadium during the Jayhawks’ bye week, and Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt asked Weis about Pardula, who was chosen Big 12 special-teams player of the week after setting a single-game KU record for punting average (57.6 yards on five punts) in the Jayhawks’ victory over Louisiana Tech on Sept. 21.

“It’s kind of funny,” Weis said, “because I stopped by the Chiefs for a few minutes … and the first question Dustin Colquitt asked me was: ‘Tell me about your punter.’ Because he’s worried about losing his job two years from now, from this kid right here.”

For now, Colquitt’s job security appears pretty safe; he’s averaging 42.7 yards per punt, while pinning a league-high 15 punts inside the 20-yard line this season. But according to Weis, Colquitt did ask about Pardula’s 78-yard punt against Louisiana Tech, tied for the eighth longest in KU history.

“I said, ‘Yeah, the next one was only 65 (yards),’ ” Weis said. “It gets their attention.”

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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