Michigan Wolverine Football: Blake O’Neill Joins Roster


GBMWolverine Michigan Football TidbitsPosted at 4:00pm — 4/10/2015

Michigan Wolverine Football: Blake O’Neill Joins Roster

Blake O’Neill is the third graduate transfer (5th Year Player) that Jim Harbaugh has brought in this year. Blake comes from Weber State and is a native of Melbourne, Australia where he played Australian rules football.

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A position of need when last years team lost both it’s kickers with Will Hagerup (Punter) and Matt Wile (Field Goals/Kick-offs). The 2015 roster will have three walk-on players with the most notable Kenny Allen who punted at times and have Will Hagerup competition at the punters position.

Along with bringing in Andrew David who will arrive on campus this summer from Massillon, Ohio who will likely be competing for the field goal position.

John Baxter the Michigan special teams coach said to MGoBlue:

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  • “We are looking forward to having a player of Blake’s level of maturity, background and skill set — growing up playing Australian rules football — in our program,” said John Baxter, U-M’s special teams coordinator. “Australian players have made a big impact on college football in the kicking game, like last year’s Ray Guy Award winner, Tom Hackett from Utah.

    We are looking forward to the impact that Blake will have on our team and within our conference.”

    At Weber State O’Neill averaged 44.1 yards per punt which is quite impressive and something that could dramatically help Michigan this year with winning the special teams and field position battles. Blake tallied 62 punts for 2,737 yards with a long of 74 yards. He boomed 18 punts of 50-plus yards and notched 25 boots inside the opposition’s 20-yard line.

    O’Neill has been accepted into the School of Kinesiology and will work on his master’s degree in sports management.

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