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Andy Groom

P | (0-0, 196) | Ohio State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Walked on in 1998 and redshirted. Never punted in a game before '01, when he earned a scholarship and took over as the Buckeyes' top punter in the third game of the season. Averaged 45 yards per punt on 49 punts with a long of 67, 18 inside the 20-yard line and only three touchbacks, but he had two kicks blocked. Was fourth in the nation in punting and a second-team All-Big Ten choice. Appeared in 14 games in '02, averaging 45.0 yards per punt on 60 punts with a long of 74, 15 inside the 20 and 11 touchbacks. Had one blocked.

Positives: Very good hands as a holder. Good athletic ability and leg strength kicking for distance. Gets ball off quicker when he is rushed without panic. Former high school quarterback who could run or pass. Flexible and durable.

Negatives: Inconsistent get-off speed, generally 1.35-1.45 seconds from touch to toe. Kicks mostly line drives. Technique lacks full leg extension and needed to improve hang time.

Summary: Has a good leg and can rush the punt if he has to. At least one of his career blocks was because of a blocking breakdown.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.