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Brooks Barnard

PT | (6-2, 195, 4.8) | Maryland
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Originally enrolled at Oklahoma in 1998 to study meteorology but stayed for just one semester. Walked on (got a scholarship) and averaged 42.1 yards on 42 punts at Maryland in '99; 44.7 on 49 with a long of 85 and eight inside the 20 in 2000; and 44.5 on 54 with a long of 59 and 17 inside the 20 in '01. Was fourth in the nation in 2000 and seventh in '01, but he had a better net in '01, when he improved his balance, technique, ball placement and hang time. First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in '02, when he averaged 43.1 on 55 with a long of 60 and 13 inside the 20. May have been hampered early in the season by a high-ankle sprain, which he suffered in the week leading up to the season opener.

Positives: Is mostly a three-step kicker but can two-step if necessary. Can get height and distance. Right-footed kicker who is capable of pooch kicking and is intelligent.

Negatives: Hang time is inconsistent. Doesn't control and place. Mostly a low-trajectory kicker. Has trouble when aiming for coffin corner and shanks the ball regularly.

Summary: Will have to show that he can get rid of the ball quickly and become more consistent.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.