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CSU punter Kaylor is excelling on, off field

Published April 11, 2007 at midnight

FORT COLLINS - Jimmie Kaylor, laid-back and ever-smiling, makes everyone around him feel good.

So it's only natural the Colorado State punter from Northglenn was honored this week for his community service.

Kaylor, who goes into his senior season as CSU's all-time leading punter with a 44.3-yard career average, was named one of 51 national recipients of the Coca-Cola Community All-American award. A national winner will be named in June.

"The reason I do it is I think it's the right thing to do," Kaylor said of his community work, which has included speaking at grade schools and helping punters at Legacy High School. "When I was in elementary school, I always thought how cool it would be for a college athlete to come talk to us."

Kaylor, on course to graduate with a degree in health and exercise science in the winter, hopes a solid senior season helps him fulfill his goal of punting in the NFL. With that in mind, he's working on his accuracy on pooch kicks to augment his powerful leg.

"On the short kicks, I've been working on pointing the nose of the football straight down," he said. "Ideally, when it lands, it's supposed to look like a Tiger Woods chip shot with a lot of backspin. It's worked pretty well. I've been getting it inside the 20 pretty consistently, and I've hit the ball pretty well this spring. It's probably my best spring so far."

Kaylor embraces the leadership role that comes with experience and status as a senior to be.

"You can't get enough leadership," he said. "That can make or break a team. I'm not the kind of guy who's going to get in people's faces, but I'll work extremely hard to do what I need to do to be a leader and get this thing turned around."

CSU hopes to rebound from a 2006 season in which it went 4-8.

ETC.: CSU conducted its eighth spring session Tuesday, and coach Sonny Lubick liked what he saw despite frigid, windy conditions. "I thought our guys ran around in the cold and the wind and had a great time," Lubick said. . . . Among the starters sitting out with minor ailments recently are center Nick Allotta (knee), offensive guard Adrian Martinez (knee), safety Klint Kubiak (groin) and defensive end Jesse Nading (respiratory virus). . . . Lubick said he hopes to get in five more practices before spring drills end with the annual spring scrimmage April 21. The spring game will begin at noon that Saturday at Hughes Stadium, with a pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and a "Fort Collins Football Frenzy" for youth football players scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the north concourse. Admission to the scrimmage is free.

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