Michigan's Chris Partridge Says No. 1 Punter Has Not Been Named

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Michigan's Chris Partridge Says No. 1 Punter Has Not Been Named

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Michigan's Chris Partridge Says No. 1 Punter Has Not Been Named

After Brad Robbins was Michigan’s starting punter as a freshman in 2017, it would seem as if he’d remain in the same role heading into the 2018 season.

However, due to a non-academic or performance issue, Robbins might not be the frontrunner for the starting job in 2018.

“Those guys are working, they’re better,” said Michigan special teams coach Chris Partridge. “It’s a good situation that we’ve added to that room, which is awesome. I just think we have some things in place, and those guys have improved greatly. It’s something we had to improve upon last year, for sure.”

Partridge said the improvement of Michigan’s punters has been extraordinary, but he was not willing to name a starter or even mention the group in competition. He did hint that three punters were in the race.

The only other punter listed on the roster is junior Will Hart, but Partridge adding there could be a surprise candidate. Junior Alan Selzer is listed as a kicker and punter.

“I don’t want to talk about individuals there,” Partridge said. “I think we got guys that are competing. We’ve got maybe a different guy that you’ll see in there that maybe you don’t expect. I don’t want to throw names out right now.”

Michigan has four kickers on the roster in junior Quinn Nordin, freshman Jake Moody, freshman George Caratan and freshman Adam Culp.

Nordin is on scholarship with the Wolverines and punted in high school for Northville.

In 2017, Robbins punted the ball 37 times for 1,511 yards, an average of 40.8 yards per punt. His long was 57 yards, and he put 11 inside the 20-yard line.

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