College of Arts and Sciences
Tanyel, Arthur N., "The Effectiveness of Professional Punters" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1145.
Sports analytics have become a major part of how many sports fans enjoy the games they love. The trend has touched sports from football to cricket. One aspect of football that has been less discussed is punting. The current standard metrics, gross yardage and net yardage, give an idea of how a punter performed in a given season, but they also may be skewed by a number of factors, such as the skill of the offense or the punt coverage team. In this paper, we will look at some previous attempts to measure punting prowess, and then further develop a metric to reward punters for their skill while accounting for uncontrollable factors such as long returns and penalty yardage.