Stats Perform announced their weekly awards Sept. 25, 2023, as Jack Culbreath ’24, punter, was named the FedEx Ground National Special Teams Player of the Week. Culbreath added SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week honors, as well.
Culbreath was crucial to the Keydets scoring a conference-opening win over Wofford Sept. 23 (17-14). The All-American punter punted the ball nine times for a total of 47.9 yards, pinning the Terriers inside the 20 five times, with a sixth going out at the 21-yard line.
Despite the rainy conditions, Culbreath was a perfect three-for-three on holds (two extra points, one field goal). Additionally, the Charlottesville native continued to handle kickoff duties for VMI, totaling 186 yards on four kickoffs.
“Jack was great punting the ball,” said Danny Rocco, head coach. “We made a big field goal. We squibbed the ball when we had to. It was a very muddy, wet surface.”
Culbreath, who had four punts of 50-plus yards, boomed a 60-yarder toward the end of the second quarter, helping set up a three and out for the Keydets, who would cash in with a touchdown on the ensuing series. In the second half alone, Culbreath hit three punts inside the 20, with two being inside the 12.
Culbreath’s season average of 44.5 punts is ninth in the FCS, while his career totals of 6,190 punt yards and 42.9 punt average rank seventh and third, respectively, among active FCS punters.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published at vmikeydets.com.