From Down Under — Aussie punter Blake O’Neill transfers to Michigan

By RICKY LINDSAY, Sports Editor

In just his first four months on campus, Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting path has traveled south.

Now it’s Down Under.

Michigan announced Friday that punter Blake O’Neill, a Melbourne, Australia native, has transferred to the program as a graduate student. O’Neill played for Weber State in 2014.

“We are looking forward to having a player of Blake’s level of maturity, background and skill set — growing up playing Australian rules football — in our program,” special teams coordinator John Baxter said in a release by the athletic department. “Australian players have made a big impact on college football in the kicking game, like last year’s Ray Guy Award winner, Tom Hackett from Utah. We are looking forward to the impact that Blake will have on our team and within our conference.”

Last season, O’Neill finished sixth in punting amongst FCS players. He averaged 44.1 yards per punt, a single-season record for Weber State, and tallied 18 punts of at least 50 yards.

According to his Twitter account, O’Neill visited Michigan near the end of March and enjoyed the surroundings.

“It’s good to be in blue,” O’Neill tweeted following his transfer announcement.

Ricky Lindsay

Ricky Lindsay was the Editor-in-Chief of The Michigan Journal during the 2015-2016 academic year. He has been a staff favorite over the years for his work. Ricky served as Sports Editor for two years before becoming Editor-in-Chief. He covered University of Michigan football for four years and was an advocate for UM-Dearborn involvement.

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