November 26, 2008

JUCO punter has an eye on CSU

Bakersfield Community College punter Will Mahan is in a hurry to get out of college, but he has good reason - he was told graduating early would make him more marketable to colleges if they knew they could see him during spring practice.

Mahan said he can also do some kicking as he started two games kicking off for Bakersfield. A look at the CSU special teams depth chart for next year shows two kickers, led by Ben DeLine and one punter - returning starter Anthony Hartz.

"I was told if I graduate in three semesters, I would make myself more marketable and my options would be greater than if I graduated in May," the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Mahan said.

Mahan is a Fire Tech major at Bakersfield, CC with a 2.89 GPA, saying he wanted to get into public service of some point and is very interested in working his way up through a fire department. As a high school recruit, Mahan said he got some looks from Duke and UNLV, but wanted to explore his options as a junior college prospect. He started last season for Bakersfield and averaged 39.1 yards per punt this year with 16 coming down inside the 20 yard line.

"I've been told I have very good hangtime and I let my defense get down to cover the ball," Mahan said.

"(CSU assistant) Coach (Larry) Lewis has called me a couple times and mostly, we talk about when I will graduate. I loaded up on a lot of credits to leave early," Mahan said.

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