LONGHORN PUNTERS KICKIN' IT BOTH WAYS

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In one of the odder developments of the spring, Texas is asking punters Justin Tucker and John Gold to practice their left-footed punting.While left-footed punters aren’t a rare oddity, the fact that both players are naturally right-footed definitely makes the latest Longhorn special teams’ development unique.Last season, Texas began utilizing rugby-style punting in an effort to contain Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin.  This season, UT will seemingly phase-in the left-footed version of the same style in order to keep the potential for blocked punts to a bare minimum.Thus far, and after the expected initial growing pains, the experiment seems to be going according to plan.”It’s still unconventional,” Tucker, the first-string punter, said according to the Austin American-Statesman. “At first, it was strange. But I came from a soccer background so I was used to running around and kicking stuff.”I was pretty bad at first. Now I feel really confident punting right-footed, and I’d say I’m just confident punting left-footed.”Likewise, head coach Mack Brown is pleased with how the off-the-wall approach to the punting game is being implemented.”It’s going well,” he said. “It looks like Justin is getting there. We think it could be a huge advantage.”