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Gators might have competition at punter as Christy’s performance falters

 
 
Florida Gators defensive back Brian Poole (24) makes a one-handed catch while warming up for a college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Sept. 21, 2013.
Florida Gators defensive back Brian Poole (24) makes a one-handed catch while warming up for a college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Sept. 21, 2013.
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Miami Herald Writer

Kyle Christy was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter just one year ago. Now he’s in a battle for his job.

The junior is averaging just 39.5 yards per attempt this season — 12th in the Southeastern Conference. Christy also fumbled a snap against Tennessee. Last season, he averaged nearly 46 yards per kick as the nation’s No. 5 punter.

Johnny Townsend’s been a guy that’s probably as consistent a punter we’ve had in camp,” coach Will Muschamp said. “We’ll pull the redshirt off Johnny if we need to.”

Townsend flipped his commitment from Ohio State to UF on National Signing Day.

• Redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg is now the backup quarterback. Freshman Max Staver will slide into the No. 3 role. … Cornerback Brian Poole will be suspended for the first half against Kentucky after being ejected for a targeting penalty in the fourth quarter against Tennessee.

Jesse Simonton

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