Future Iowa Hawkeyes Punter Jonny Mullings the Steal from "Down Under"

Sayre BedingerSenior Writer INovember 27, 2009

If there is one thing Iowa Hawkeyes fans take for granted, it is the value of a great punter.

For almost three seasons now, the Hawkeyes have been spoiled by the All-American caliber play of Ryan Donahue, who is a finalist to win the award for nation's top punter.

Donahue averages over 41 yards per punt in his Iowa career, and he has become a huge weapon in the field position game, helping pin opponents' offenses deep in their own territory on a very consistent basis.

Iowa and its fans have the privilege of one more season of Donahue's spectacular gift unless he declares after this season for the NFL Draft, which appears unlikely at best.

Either way, it seems that Iowa has found a long-term replacement in the very talented Jonny Mullings, a native of Australia who has accepted a grayshirt offer and will be the Hawkeyes' next punter.

Though he is built more like a quarterback or small linebacker at 6'4" 215 pounds, make no mistake about it—this kid can play. 

Mullings is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to special teams play, and one of his skills is in kickoffs.  He can consistently put the ball midway into the end zone with over five seconds of hangtime, enabling most D-1 college athletes to get down the field to make a tackle.

The Australian native can also help the Hawkeyes in the field goal kicking game if needed, with a range stretching to 40 yards.

Still, his biggest asset is his punting, which is absolutely off the charts.  Not only can Mullings boot the ball nearly 60 yards in the air with consistency, he can make it hang for over five seconds almost every time.  He also excels in directional punting, and is able to consistently put the ball inside the ten yard line from short distances.

Need proof?  Check out his recruiting video, and prepare to be amazed.

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It seems the Hawkeyes always seem to find a gem or two in their recruiting classes, but this time, they had to go way down under to find one.