July 10, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Punter Mike Sadler has been named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List, the Augusta Sports Council announced on Wednesday. The award honors the nation's top punter.
Sadler is one of 25 candidates on the preseason watch list, and one of only three Big Ten punters.
A two-year letterwinner, Sadler has spent the past two seasons as Michigan State's starting punter and owns a career average of 42.4 yards per punt, which is currently sixth best in MSU history. He has placed 40 percent of his career punts inside the 20 (56-of-140) and 20 percent inside the 10 (28-of-140).
A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and second-team pick by the media last season, Sadler became the sixth Spartan punter to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. He led the Big Ten and ranked 21st in the FBS, averaging 43.3 yards per punt, and placed 39 percent of his punts inside the 20 (31-of-79) and 22 percent inside the 10 (17-of-79) . Sadler ranked second in the Big Ten with 31 punts downed inside the 20 and had 19 punts of 50-plus yards, which ranked first in the Big Ten. His 3,422 punting yards ranked second most in a MSU single-season.
Sadler set MSU's single-game bowl records for punts (11) and punting yards (481) in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU; those marks also represented career highs. The 481 punting yards were the most by a Big Ten punter in a single-game in 2012 and the 11 punts tied for second most. Three of his punts against the Horned Frogs were 50-plus yards, including his long of 55 yards that was fumbled by TCU punt returner Skye Dawson at the TCU 4-yard line and was recovered by Michigan State; that play led to Le'Veon Bell's 4-yard TD run with 7:00 left in the fourth quarter that gave MSU a 14-13 lead in the eventual 17-16 win. Sadler placed three punts inside the 20 against TCU, including two inside the 10.
Two of his three punts at Minnesota traveled 50-plus yards, including a 56-yarder that was downed at the 2-yard line. He placed two of his five punts inside the 20 vs. Northwestern while averaging 42.6 yards per punt.
The Grand Rapids, Mich., native was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 46.6 yards on seven punts vs. No. 21 Nebraska, including three placed inside the 20. In the overtime win at Wisconsin, Sadler placed three of his seven punts inside the 10. He averaged 41.4 yards on seven punts, including a season-high four placed inside the 20, at No. 23 Michigan; on fourth-and-9 from MSU's 23-yard line in the fourth quarter, Sadler ran a fake punt 26 yards for a Spartan first down.
Sadler averaged a career-best 55.4 yards on five punts against No. 14 Ohio State, including a career-long 70-yarder in the second quarter; three of his five punts were downed inside the 20, including two inside the 10.
Sadler was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, for the second-straight year in 2012. He has achieved perfection in the academic arena, maintaining a 4.0 GPA while pursuing a double major in applied engineering sciences and supply chain management. Sadler is just the seventh player in program history to earn multiple Academic All-America honors.