Big Ten Football Top 150 Players: No. 101, Cody Webster, Purdue P
No. 101: Cody Webster, #42, punter, Purdue
2011 Stats: 45 punts, 42.9 yards per punt
It's odd to see a punter this high up in the conference rankings, but Webster would be the best in the conference if Jim Delany hadn't gotten the great idea to bring Nebraska (and wonder-legged Brett Maher) into the fold starting in 2011.
Webster's first two seasons have been among the best in Purdue history, as he was a Scout.com second-team Freshman All-American with a 43.3-yard average in 2010 and came close to that mark last year, when he was named second-team All-Big Ten. Oh, and he's only a junior.
Webster didn't qualify for the national punting rankings since kicker Carson Wiggs took 23 of Purdue's 68 punts on the year; Wiggs was more of a situational guy while Webster was there for bombing away. It would have been nice to see Danny Hope have more trust in Webster to take every punt in 2011, because Hope's going to need that this year; Wiggs has since graduated.
With nobody to siphon punts away, Webster should have another great year on special teams for the Boilermakers; he's got a great leg and a quick release, and it's possible he challenges Maher for first-team honors if his numbers are good enough.
With Wiggs gone, Webster may even get a look at kicker for the Boilermakers, and if that's the case, No. 101 in the Big Ten Top 150 would be far too low for Webster.
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