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Justin DuVernois Learning To Punt In MS

Justin DuVernois (Jack Lyman)

The Fighting Illini football team graduated its All-Big 10 punter after last season and signed a high school punter to replace him. Using a rookie in that position can be scary if he has trouble adjusting to college conditions, but Justin DuVernois appears to acclimating readily.

Justin DuVernois came to Illinois as a highly rated punter, based on his performance at specialized kicking camps. But he received precious few opportunities at national power St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida. After all, a team loaded with college prospects rarely needs to punt. "I punted 29 times in high school," DuVernois remembers. But when he took the field for the Fighting...

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