Former Walker Valley Mustang punter Caleb Houston has taken off his “red shirt” and stepped onto the football field as starting punter for the University of Central Florida Knights.
Houston has picked up right where he left off with the Mustangs where he averaged 42.3 yards per punt. In his three games with the UCF Knights (3-0), Houston has averaged 36.9 yards per kick. He has booted the ball 10 times with a long of 52 yards.
The Knights have wins over Akron, Miami and Penn State. After a week off this week, Houston and the Knights will face off against Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks in Orlando. The game is scheduled for a noon kickoff on either ABC, ESPN or ESPNU.
“I’m really enjoying this season and it definitely has been a great experience,” Houston said through the UCF athletics department. “I’m having a good season so far, but I have to thank my punt team. They are blocking for me very well, there is no rush getting through and they give me plenty of time.”
The punting team has allowed no blocks thus far this season.
The red-shirt freshman said he has worked with special teams coach Mike Buscemi to sharpen his skills along with the two other kicking specialists on the Knights’ roster. The extra attention to detail he said is helping his consistency.
“Something coach Buscemi has worked with me a lot on is my drop. Last year I had problems with being consistent,” said Houston. “Now with kickers (Sean) Galvin and (Shawn) Moffitt working with me on my drop, that’s getting a lot more consistent, which has helped me start to punt better.”