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A booming leg in the mold of previous Australian-born, rugby-style specialists, Wishnowsky signed with Utah as a JUCO transfer from Santa Barbara Community College, leading the country in net punting (44.6 yard average) and 50-plus yard punts (30 of 64) to win the prestigious Ray Guy award as the nation's best punter. Wishnowsky was declared a unanimous All-American in his debut at the FBS level and expanded to handle kickoffs in 2017 (44 touchbacks on 65 kickoffs) but returned back to just punting as a senior, averaging a career-high 45.2 gross yards per attempt in 2018.
Wishnowsky's numbers are one thing, but his value is boosted with prototypical size and athleticism. He recorded five tackles in coverage over his career and converting three fakes into first downs.
Reliable directional punter who provides plenty of boom but is not reliant upon his raw leg strength. Shows good touch to pin returners in the corner or inside the 20-yard line, recognizing that longer punts often stress his punt return defense. Forced more fair-catches (67) than he posted 50-plus yard punts (62) over his career, with almost half of his long punts coming in his first season at Utah. Showed that he has the raw leg strength when needed with 45 of his 67 kickoffs in 2017 going for touchbacks.
Like with many Aussie-rules punters, Wishnowsky can get himself in trouble by taking extra steps before punting the ball and he did have three punts blocked in 2018 (against Southern Cal, Oregon, Colorado) after not having any blocked in his previous two seasons.
Wishnowsky can check additional boxes with his above-average frame and athleticism for the position, and is proven in cold-weather conditions.
Projection: Fifth Round
--Field Level Media