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38 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Mark Krause


#38 Mark Krause
Redshirt Sophomore
5-11 | 212
Kearney, Mo.


Position: Punter

Previous College: Missouri Southern State University

Projection: Second-String

Status: Walk-On

Mark Krause II (b. Feb. 11, 1991) is, to the best of my knowledge, not related to Bob Krause. And thank God for that.

He began his career at Missouri Southern, where he redshirted in 2009. During his redshirt freshman season, he averaged 37.5 yards per punt, with an outlier long of 80 yards. Ten of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.

It appears he sat out as a sophomore, which allowed him to transfer midyear to K-State and enroll in time for spring practice. That year of eligibility should count as his "lost" year due to Division I transfer.

During the spring game, he averaged 39.6 yards per punt, with a long of 53, but he had some real clunkers as well, including a shank that I don't think traveled more than 15 yards.

In high school, Krause set a school record with a 70-yard punt. He was a three-time first-team all-conference and all-district, and a two-time all-metro, All-Northland and all-state, punter.

He also was a two-time all-conference running back and was the starting fullback in the MO-KAN All-Star game.

Krause is surprisingly big and strong for a punter. He was a two-time NASA Powerlifting National Outstanding Lifter and he won two powerlifting national championships in high school.

What this all adds up to is a guy with major power who is capable of bombing some punts, but totally whiffing some others. He's highly inconsistent. This season, he will be Ryan Doerr's backup and should play sparingly.

There is potential for Krause to improve for his junior and senior years, but I think it will take a lot of work and refinement on Sean Snyder's part to get him there. There's just too many erratic kicking results from him right now.