OZPUNT NEWS

Kicker Brad Craddock Signs with the Cleveland Browns

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2010 saw Brad Craddock like so many young Australians enquire about punting, and whether it would be something for them.  Brad attend a camp, the rest is history as they say, that day started Brad’s journey, Brad was on a path that today would lead him to being signed to the Cleveland Browns.

Of course a lot has happened between 2010 and 2016, let alone all the awards Brad would win as a Kicker, Brad would break numerous school and conference records while winning the respect of team mates, coaches, and the media to name a few.

Most people trying for a Punting position at College only train at their Punting, but Brad was also good at kick offs and field goals.  Being good at all three had Brad working harder than your normal Punter.  Goals were set, training programs set up, Brad was now ready to achieve his goal, the first one being getting into a College on a Scholarship.

A lot of time went into ensuring Brad was at the right school for him, and hard decisions had to be made by Brad and his family on where Brad would end up.  History tells us that Brad selected Maryland, but other schools had wanted Brad as their Punter.  Brad informed these other Coaches that he trained with others who he thought would be good for their school.  By doing this Brad had helped other Punters and Kickers get their opportunity at an American College.  I know they are grateful for Brad; the education they receive cannot be understated.

I know brad worked hard, and overcame a lot of hurdles to get him where he is today.  Anyone who knows Brad knows this, and there is so much I could write about with regard to what these were.   I feel the important thing is that no matter what came Brad’s way he approached it willing to give his all.

Watching Brad achieve his goals and grow over the past 6 years has brought a lot of joy my way and I could not be anymore prouder of him then I am and have always been.  Continue to set big goals Brad as I am sure this is just another step down the path started all those years ago.

Cameron McGillivray

OzPunt Director

Punter Lachlan Edwards drafted by the New York Jets

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It was with great pleasure learning of Lachlan Edwards being drafted by the New York Jets today in the NFL draft.

From the first time I had the opportunity to Coach Lachlan, I knew he had the ability to become an NFL Punter.  With a natural drop and a strong ability to learn Punting, Lachlan began his journey towards meeting his Punting goals.

With existing OzPunt Punter Matthew Foster graduating from Sam Houston State University, a door was open for Lachlan to replace Matthew.  Due to the great role Matthew had played at Sam Houston State University, Special Teams Coach Discher was happy to sit with me and evaluate the film put together on Lachlan.  Shortly after our meeting Lachlan was offered a scholarship to Sam Houston State University; Coach Discher had recognised the Punting ability in Lachlan.

The hard work was just about to start for Lachlan, transferring from Ballarat University in Victoria; Australia, Lachlan took on extra studies in the American Summer, and continued to perform just as well in the class room as he did on the football field.  When I meet with people who have either played with and or Coached Lachlan, they all mention that ‘he is one hell of a Punter, but what he does in the class room is exceptional’.  Lachlan’s hard work in the class room led to him being an academic all-conference punter for three years.  One NFL Coach informed me that it was not just the hard work he puts into his football, he was impressed with the hard work he put into his studies.

The next part of Lachlan’s football career is about to start with the New York Jets.  With Lachlan’s ability to embrace hard work I’m sure we will all watch Lachlan continue Punting for many more years to come.

Success does not come from just focusing on kicking a football; you need to focus on all the aspects you have some control over.  Lachlan has modelled this for all of us setting a goal, congratulations Lachie it has been a pleasure watching your journey, and I look forward to what the future holds.

Cameron McGillivray

OzPunt Director

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