September 19, 2022
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati sophomore punter Mason Fletcher was named American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday by the league.
The Melbourne, Australia native averaged an impressive 48.2 yards per punt on five tries against Miami (Ohio) in a 38-17 victory on Saturday. Fletcher’s performance included a career-long 67-yard punt, which is the longest punt by a Bearcat in over a decade and tied for the eighth-longest ever by UC player.
He also had a near-perfect pooch punt downed at the 5-yard line and another punt fielded at the Miami 14.
“We have confidence in what he can do,” head coach Luke Fickell said following the Miami game. “He’s done a phenomenal job. He’s not rattled by the seven or eight guys that they (Miami) tried to have come after him. Obviously, he had the one (67-yarder) coming out of the end zone that he hammered and it rolled. That was huge.”
Fletcher was also named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List on Sunday.
He ranks fourth nationally with a 48.0 average through three games – a mark that leads the AAC and would be a school-record for a full season. Five of his 11 punts have been downed or fielded inside the 20-yard line with three inside the 10. He has four punts of 50+ and two 60 yarders.
Cincinnati ranks fifth nationally in net punting (44.64).
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