Last month at SEC media days, Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser told Sports Illustrated‘s Zac Ellis: “The lack of Heisman hype is — I’m a little bit bitter about that.”
Kaser is taking matters into his own hands–or putting them on his own torso. Via ESPN.com’s Sam Khan Jr., here’s the Texas A&M punter sporting his “#Kaser4Heisman” t-shirt.
Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser begins lobbying for Heisman Trophy candidacy. pic.twitter.com/w2K5x3tNdx
— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) August 1, 2014
The hashtag is already gaining traction on Twitter, and should set social media on fire whenever the Aggies punt in 2014–rare as that may be.
Kaser attempted all of 44 punts in 2013, though he averaged an impressive 47.4 yards per kick. With Texas A&M’s other Heisman candidate, Johnny Manziel, gone for the NFL, Kaser might see more opportunities to show off his leg.
“I hope you don’t see him a bunch this year,” head coach Kevin Sumlin said at media days, per Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. “[But] he’s a real weapon for us when we have to use him.”
Although criticized for bringing his seldom-used punter to media days, Sumlin has an excellent point. Via FootballOutsiders.com, Texas A&M’s defense started with the second-most favorable average field position in 2013. Given how porous the Aggie defense often was last year, Kaser’s leg prevented further damage.
He may not be Johnny Manziel, but Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser could be the Aggies’ new social media sensation. He has a high bar to meet for best award campaign for a specialist, however.
Former Tulane placekicker Cairo Santos’ Lou Groza Award video set a pretty high standard on that front.