The Dragons inaugural season is looming near, and with all the anticipation, it’s a good time to get to know about how the team looks and the players too!
Punters are People Too!
Let’s start on special teams getting to know the punter Brock Miller! He has been on many different a couple different NFL practice squads, including the New York Giants last season.
He had a tremendous preseason this season, making his NFL debut with the Los Angeles Rams. His NFL lengthy list of teams include Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams.
He played his college career as a Thunderbird at Southern Utah University, a Divison I FCS football program. Miller actually started his Thunderbird football career out as a kicker he made of 12 of 17 field goals and also, 32-33 PATs.
Miller then switched to handling the punting duties. He punted for more than 7,000 yards and was able to down 60% of punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line in his Thunderbird career.
As the Dragons first punter, it’s a great thing to happen to the punter. The XFL should be an awesome place to showcase his great punting abilities. Miller is a very talented player and seems to be fitting in well to his new Dragons team. Miller said, “It’s an absolute privilege and an honor to be playing with the Seattle Dragons. I’m very excited for the opportunity to continue to play football at the professional level.” When asked what it’s like to play on the brand new football organization.
New XFL Punt Rule
The new XFL punt rule is pretty interesting and makes the game harder for punters, but that’s not a bad thing! It could definitely make the punters more accurate and get more height under the ball, and here’s why.
The XFL punt rule is; the punter takes the snap, and the gunners cannot go until the ball leaves the punters’ foot. If the ball is punted into the end zone, it’s placed at the receiving teams 35-yard line. Punts that go out of bounds are placed at the same 35 as well, or if they go out before the 35, it’s placed where it went out.
I asked Brock about what he thinks of the new punt rule. Here’s what he said “The rules for us punters are really cool and unique. It makes doing our job well, even harder. That may sound like a bad thing, but the challenges I’m facing have already made me a better player. I’m enjoying the new rules because they are pushing me out of my comfort zone and forcing me to be better than I was before.”
Getting to Know the New Team
The Dragons as a whole all seem to be molding together well! It’s always a cool experience when a lot of players who haven’t ever played on the same team together all get to know each other. Brock and his teammates are getting ready to breathe fire upon the whole XFL. Brock said, “My favorite thing has been getting to know my teammates. Making friends who have the same goals as you on the field makes lifting weights and going to practice a blast. Just spending time on and off the field with my teammates working towards winning a championship is awesome.” When asked about his favorite part of having new teammates.
The Dragons team is looking ready to go, and we all should keep watch on the whole team and don’t forget, punter Brock Miller!