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Published on 07/15/2008 at Tue Jul 15 17:50.
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Brett Kern

Brett Kern
Name: Brett Kern
Height, Weight: 6’3″, 205
Position: Punter
Age, Experience: 22, R
College: Toledo

Brett Kern is an undrafted free agent punter who joined the Denver Broncos as a rookie in 2008. A four year starter for the Rockets, Kern came on strong in his senior campaign, and will provide competition for incumbent Sam Paulescu, who punted for the Broncos in one game last season.

The Good: Kern’s senior year was very impressive, where he tallied the second highest gross punt average in the nation with 46.1 yards per punt. His efforts earned him a nomination as a finalist for the Ray Guy Award (given to the nation’s top punter). Kern was also named the Mid-American Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. Kern placed roughly one third of his punts inside the opponent’s 20 yard line, a fine average. This Brett Kern highlights video of practice is worth a watch, as well.

The Bad: Before his senior year, Kern was mostly ho hum. He averaged 40.6, 39.5, and 41.7 gross yards per punt in his three seasons before 2007. Some scouting reports questioned his technique, consistency, and ability to kick off.

Status: Competing for starting job. Signed undisclosed contract April 2008. Kern has a fair shot at the starting punter job – the Broncos haven’t given the job to either he or Paulescu, and they are willing to let the best man win. Brett Kern was born on Feb. 17, 1986, in Grand Island, NY.

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  • http://mrherculesrockefeller.blogspot.com hercules rockefeller

    Disapprove of the name Brett.

  • http://www.broncomadness.com Garret Barnes

    Nope. I don’t like him. I do not think he is ready.

  • http://broncos-denver-broncos.blogspot.com/ Ian Henson

    Sam Paulescu scares me. No seriously, sometimes he just hides in the bathroom with the shower curtain closed and jumps out at me after I’ve closed the door. Horrible, horrible man…

    But he averaged 44.2 yards a punt in his only game last season. Which is better than what John Elway used to average, when he punted for us.

    I love that picture of him Kyle, haha. Let’s give Brett a chance.

  • flbronc

    not sold on paulescu, so anyone else who can kick is welcome… as long as they dont have a rap sheet as long as good ol todd ‘they did me wrong’ sourgrapes.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    I always love Herc’s logic.

    Both he and Paulescu will get the chance to show their stuff in training camp, and unless one of them blows it, we’ll see them both in preseason too. May the best man win.

  • http://mrherculesrockefeller.blogspot.com hercules rockefeller

    Yeah, I don’t dissaprove of this kid. Just his name

  • Mike D.

    I am from Grand Island, NY and I wish Brett well. He is a upstanding young man, who is intelligent, positive, and eager to accel. If he makes the Broncos, he will be an asset to your community in so many respects. Best of luck Brett, we are all cheering for you back in Buffalo!

  • Steve S.

    I am also from Grand Island, NY. Brett will remove any doubts i am sure. He has always been a competitor and consistently met the challenges and goals he undertook. Good luck Brett and congrats.

  • lora

    watched Brett this season…keep on, Brett! Great going! I will keep watching as you keep the game going… So proud of this team and of Brett!