An Aussie dubbed “the most intimidating punter of 2019” has left American college football fans in a spin.
National Signing Day didn’t officially kick off until Wednesday in the United States, but the Miami Hurricanes got an early jump on their rivals.
The Hurricanes officially signed punter Louis Hedley on Tuesday night, as it was February 6 in his native Australia.
The West Australian redshirted in 2018 while at the City College of San Francisco, and averaged 38.6 yards per punt in 2017.
He verbally committed to the Hurricanes last year, but didn’t sign during the early signing period.
And, to say the least, the 6-foot-4, 215 pound punter covered in tattoos, looks nothing like most punters currently in the college football world.
That fact has not been lost on fans who’ve flooded social media with reaction to the Aussie’s signing news.
It’s official!! I’m a cane😍🙌🏽 Thank you to everyone that has helped me get to this point. 🗣LETS GOO!! 3️⃣0️⃣5️⃣ #TNM #BEATUF @CanesFootball @ProkickAus @Coach_MannyDiaz @JohnnyPKA @CoachKalter @CoachKalter @67outlaw @CCSFFootball @tweetiebeattie @richiehedley pic.twitter.com/0kQj7a9Uh4
— Louis Hedley (@LouisHedley1) February 6, 2019
Miami has signed the most intimidating punter of 2019 https://t.co/kefNFDqoMX
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) February 6, 2019
This is the Miami Hurricanes new punter. Yea, that’s right… punter. That’s what I said. https://t.co/YR3uce1uZq
— Rickey (@rckyvl1) February 6, 2019
I just cannot get over the Australian punter who committed to Miami. He’s probably so metal that he rusts in the rain
— Jerome (@JSCuatro4) February 6, 2019
Well on the bright side Miami now has the most electric punter in the history of forever https://t.co/rP8Ls0rOth
— Ryan Borowski (@TheBig_Borowski) February 6, 2019
Miami’s punter can beat up your team’s punter https://t.co/RWbms9RE95
— SportsChasers (@FollowYourShots) February 6, 2019
Miami averaged only 38.3 yards per punt last season while rotating between Jack Spicer and Zach Feagles, which ranked 115th among the 130 FBS programs in the country.
Feagles left the program last December, so Hedley — who has three years of eligibility left — is expected to compete for the starting job instantly upon arrival in South Florida.
Miami coach Manny Diaz had some fun on Twitter after Hedley made it official, too, embracing his new punter’s Australian heritage.
The National Signing Day fun, it seems, is already well underway.
With Yahoo Sports US