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Nate Fikse

PT | (5-8, 196, 4.9) | UCLA
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: On 66 punts in 1999, averaged 42.6 yards with a long of 76 and had 11 punts inside the 20; 75 punts for 43.3 and a long of 74 with 17 inside the 20 in 2000; and 53 punts for 44.2 and a long of 65 with 12 inside the 20 in '01. Second-team All-Pacific-10 in 2000 and a first-team coaches' selection in '01. Also kicks off. Right-footed conventional kicker and two-step punter. Punted 63 times for 41.5 and a long of 63, 19 inside the 20 and 10 touchbacks in '02. Converted 10-of-11 field goals with a long of 51 and 15-of-16 extra points.

Positives: Good hands and a very strong leg. Explosive into the ball as a punter and kickoff specialist. Very good kicking off deep into the endzone. Gets ball up and quick with good rise and hang. OK pooching and placing punts. Good athletic ability. Will tackle. Poised. Can get ball off quickly, with a 1.3- to 1.4-second touch-to-toe time. Gets 4.45-4.8 hang time. Gets good to very good hang time on most of his punts and on many kickoffs.

Negatives: Is a little inconsistent as a placekicker. Takes too long as a punter and is short.

Summary: Technically sound most of the time but doesn't get the hang time he should on kickoffs. Has better value as a punter.

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