And in the weight room.
O’Donnell was No. 10 on Bruce Feldman’s Workout Warriors list two seasons ago.
“Yes, a punter,” Feldman wrote. “Don’t roll your eyes, though. This guy is one of the more imposing punters since the Pittsburgh Panthers’ MMA fighter Dave Bytus.”
Back then, O’Donnell bench-pressed 355 pounds. He said he’s now up to 370, and does 23 reps of 225 pounds.
He “broad jumps 9’2” and his 10-yard split of 1.53 seconds is actually faster than the time [former Gator and 2012 Olympic medalist] Jeff Demps clocks,” Feldman wrote of O’Donnell, who said last week he runs “around 4.6” in the 40-yard dash.
“I was shocked,” O’Donnell said of being on the “freaks” list. Then he reconsidered. “Well, not shocked. There are a lot of great athletes out there and to pick a punter is very humbling.”
O’Donnell’s sister Megan rows for Nova Southeastern and was part of the varsity-4 boat that won the NCAA National Championship last season.
His dad, Terry, was a 6-4 basketball player at the now defunct Nasson College in Springvale, Maine.
“We’re thrilled to have him home,” the elder O’Donnell said. “He’s just a hard-working, dedicated kid who has a dream. He’d love to go to the NFL next year and he’s working hard to pursue that dream.”
UM center Shane McDermott played high school football with O’Donnell and is grateful they’re together again.
“He’s one of the best out there,” McDermott said. “I know how hard he works. I remember during our recruiting process we both wanted to go to UM, but he got offered a walk-on spot. He is so happy to finally be back home.”