Special teams was of special concern for TCU Football - and its fans - in 2018, and the punting game was a shocking struggle, specifically, for the Frogs. Saturday night, they went a long way in addressing that issue, gaining the pledge of 3* punter Jordy Sandy - a former Texas Tech commit.
Sandy is an Australian native, as all the best punters are, and becomes the latest athlete from Down Under to make his way to Funky Town - TCU Basketball has several Australian athletes on their roster.
A prolific rugby player prior to switching to football, Sandy is already 25, meaning he will be a mature approach to the kicking room and should be physically ready for college football on day one. At 6’2” and 200 pounds, he is built more like a safety than a punter, if we are being honest. Sandy trained with ProKick Australia, the same organization that produced Michael Dickson - the Ray Guy Award winner at Texas a season ago, and currently a sensation for the Seahawks. He trained with current Oklahoma State punter recruit Tom Hutton, as well, and Hutton is credited with getting Sandy to give American Football a try. He uses the rugby style to punt, and has a knack for hitting the corners - something that the TCU special teams will find valuable as they try and flip the field against the prolific Big 12 offenses.
The Frogs currently have two punters on their roster, both of whom struggled in 2018. Incumbent Adam Nunez dealt with injuries all season long, limiting his effectiveness - after making a name for himself by pinning WVU inside the six yard line four times in a half, he averaged less than 40 yards per punt this past season, landing just six inside the 20. In his absence, Andrew David took over punting duties, but never seemed to get into a rhythm and had a couple brutal shanks in the Texas Tech game, a close loss for the Frogs at home. Both Nunez and David are juniors with one year of eligibility remaining.
Gary Patterson now has 22 commits in the class of 2019, securing three verbal pledges this week alone - with the early signing period just days away. It is the third ranked class in the Big 12 Conference, and bordering on a top 30 group overall. Sandy is the first specialist to commit of the group.
You can check out Sandy’s punting highlights (yes, that’s a real thing) below!