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Utah Punter Mitch Wishnowsky Named Walter Camp All-American

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He didn’t win the Ray Guy, which didn’t come as too big of a surprise to me, but he was named to the 2018 Walter Camp All-American team. Considering some of the issues that the punt team had this year (inconsistent snapping and blocking), it was a great season for Mitch as he became the first three-time All-American in Utah football history with his announcement as a second-team Walter Camp All-American at Thursday’s Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards.

After a bit of a down 2017 where he was a bit beat up, Mitch had a nice 2018 where he ranked second in the Pac-12 and ninth in the nation in punt average (45.1). Even though he could probably play middle line backer if he chose, he placed 22 punts inside the 20-yard line, including nine punts at or inside the 10-yard line, and has 19 punts of 50+ yards.

During his incredible career at Utah, Wishnowsky averaged 45.7 yards per punt and just nine of his 170 punts have been touchbacks. Think about that last number for a second, just nine total kicks went into the end zone. His 61 punts of 50+ yards ranks second all-time at Utah and he has placed 72 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Per, Wishnowsky, a first-team Walter Camp All-American in 2016, is one of six Utes all-time to receive second-team Walter Camp All-America honors. The others were Alex Smith (QB, 2004), Eric Weddle (DB, 2006), Zane Beadles (OL, 2009), Caleb Schlauderaff (OL, 2010) and Matt Gay (K, 2017). He is one of two Ute punters to make the Walter Camp All-America team, along with two-time first-team selection Tom Hackett (2014-15).

Here are some of the All-America teams that Utes have been named to thus far:

2018 All-Americans

Mitch Wishnowsky

Walter Camp (2nd team)

Matt Gay

Pro Football Focus (2nd team)

Chase Hansen

The Athletic (2nd team)

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