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Smith Makes Most of 'Punt-Fest'

One of the most active members of the Washington Redskins during Thursday night's 23-0 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens was punter Hunter Smith, who kicked nine times in the shutout loss.

Smith, who spent the previous 10 years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, equaled his output from all of last preseason with the nine punts and admitted he was "a little tired."

"It's kind of nice, actually, a game like tonight," said Smith." It won't be like this in the regular season, but a game like tonight where you punt nine times you're in the rhythm of the game and you're always in and you kind of get used to it. In Indianapolis I never got used to it."

Smith went out of his way to not criticize a Redskins offense that managed just 196 net yards, 11 first downs and was 1-for-11 on third downs. Asked if he was surprised to go out to punt that many times, Smith stayed - as Redskins Coach Jim Zorn would say - "medium."

"Yes and no," said Smith, who averaged 45.2 yards (37.1 net) per punt in the game. "You always are prepared for preseason games to be punt-fests. You don't expect it to be but if it does become that, sometimes they just do. And teams out there are working their kinks out and sometimes that means punting."

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 14, 2009; 12:00 AM ET
 
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wins and losses don't mean much in preseason - but not being competitive is concerning

Posted by: coparker5 | August 13, 2009 11:24 PM
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This post is through the uprights.


I'll be here all week, remember to tip your waitress.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 14, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Can you say "Hunter Smith MVP"?!

Posted by: jgarrisn | August 14, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

This article makes me laugh...
"it won't be like this in the regular season"
You better strap on your boots Hunter Smith, you have never been a redskins punter before.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 14, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

"Medium", that was funny, Paul. Zorn certainly doesn't look too "medium" while walking off the field.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 14, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Ha Ha - Poor Hunter Smith...I dont think he realizes what hes getting into here. If he thinks he punted a lot last night - wait till the regular season starts. He'll soon be in the market for a leg transplant...Skins have bar none the worse offense in all of football...the detroit lions aint got nothin on us!

Posted by: KevinDunne | August 14, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

BMACattack, I had the same thought. There are lots of nine-punt games ahead of him.

Posted by: tomtildrum | August 14, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins will finish with a 4-12 record.

It's time to say goodbye to Vincent Cerrato.

Too bad, Danny Snyder.

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record.

Maryland's defensive line and linebacker corps are a joke --- no pass rush whatsoever and give up a ton of long yardage plays.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

The only hard hits the Terps make - are out of bound plays - which cost them an additional 15 yards - which are quite frequent.

California's running back - Best - will gain 296 yards in the opening game

I love it, when Maryland constantly gets embarrassed on national TV.

Prediction:

California -- 56
Maryland -- 10

It's hilarious to see Maryland win a game - and the very next week get clobbered by a Virginia Tech - Boston College.

It is great to see Maryland go down to a crushing defeat on recruiting front (the kids they have received commitments from - are a joke! - taking the bottom of the barrel)

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels - Let's go Tar Heels !


Posted by: hclark1 | August 14, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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