2013 Virginia Football Roster Profile: James Coleman

Another day without a jersey number. Today marks 51 days until kickoff, so we're going to take a look at redshirt freshman punter James Coleman. Coleman was very well liked coming out of HS. He attented a ton of kicking camps, and impressed at every one of them. The Hoos have a good punter in Alex Vozenilek, who is entering his junior year. He'll likely keep the #1 job for now.

Position: P
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
Hometown: Martinsville, Va
High School: The Carlisle School
Twitter: @JamesColeman5

Like most punters, James Coleman wasn't realistically going to earn a football scholarship. He was recruited as a walk-on by Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. He chose the Hoos over his childhood Tar Heels team, largely because of Mike London. Coleman was all-state at both punter and kicker as a senior, but he's in college solely as a punter.

Coleman doesn't necessarily have the strongest leg in the world. It's strong enough, evidenced by his 43 yard average as a HS senior. He's booted punts of well over 60 yards. What he really excels on is consistency. His worst punts and his best punts are going to be similar, which helps coverage teams.

Coleman's biggest impediment to getting on the field is junior punter Alex Vozenilek, who is the incumbent. Vozenilek was solid as the #1 punter last year, averaging over 40 yards per punt with just 4 touchbacks and 22 punts inside the 20 on 66 total punts. Coleman (and fellow RS Freshman Nicholas Conte) will get a chance in training camp to win the job, but it'll be a tall task. Vozenilek has 2 more years, and then Coleman will get a real shot to be the #1 punter.

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