As we continue to take a closer look at the Buccaneers 2010 draft picks, we have come to Brent Bowden, a punter. I know, not the most exciting position on the field, but Bowden will play a vital role next year for the young Bucs.
Bowden was selected as the 3rd pick in the 6th round, 172 overall out of Virginia Tech (Beamer Ball again). Bowden averaged 43.8 yards a punt last season, including a career long of 60 yards. He had 20 punts inside the opponents’ 20 yard line, something the Bucs defense will be happy to see this year. Bowden was also named 1st team All-ACC performer this year.
He has already signed a 4 year deal and will take over the punting duties since the Bucs have cut ties with Dirk Johnson and Josh Bidwell. With no other punters on the roster, he will instantly be the starter, putting his strong leg and accuracy to the test early in his career.
Like I said before, punter is not something most fans should pay attention to, but in the case of Bowden and the Bucs, he may be one of the most important draft picks the Bucs made. Bowden will help put opposing offenses deep in their own territory, helping the young Bucs defense win the battle of field position. Having a punter that can change field position for a team is a huge asset and all of the great teams in the league have a good punter on the roster. So while it is not the most glamorous position, or a player that will sell jerseys like McCoy is, Bowden is just as important. Let’s show some love for the punter!
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