Stock up: Bryce Baringer
After a year when Bryce Baringer was one of the nation’s top punters, he elected to come back for one final season. He averaged over 48 yards per punt last season, and from his first punt this season he is in midseason form. Baringer had a 67-yard punt to open the season. On top of that, the punt was downed after less than 10 yards of a bounce. Tyrell Henry downed the punt at the WMU 4, effectively killing the drive before it started.
Baringer shanked a directional punt on his next appearance, but his final two punts were great bouncebacks. His third punt went to the Western 13 before a return and penalty gave the Broncos the ball at their 33.
His final punt, however, was just as insane as the first. Baringer’s punt was a 70-yard bomb that one-hopped into the end zone. If this punt came from inside the MSU 10, I honestly believe Western would start with the ball in the shadows of its goalpost. Despite a 22-yard shank killing his average, Baringer finished with an average of over 50 yards per punt.
I feel comfortable putting him on awards and accolades watch.