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9 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Mitch Lochbihler

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In which BracketCat counts down the ninth day until kickoff with a profile of punter Mitch Lochbihler.

Our punter very well could look like this for the next four seasons, too.
Our punter very well could look like this for the next four seasons, too.
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Goal No. 9: ELIMINATE MISTAKES. Don't beat yourself.

MitchLochbihler

#9 Mitch Lochbihler
True Freshman
6-6 | 240
Charlotte, N.C.

Bio

Position: Punter

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Mitchell Link Lochbihler (b. Jan. 6, 1995) is a seriously late addition to the 2013 class. I don't think he showed up on our radar until midway through the summer, but sure enough, there was a scholarship magically awaiting him.

Lochbihler punted and handled placekicking duties at Charlotte Catholic High School under head coach Jim Oddo.

He helped the team to earn a 13-1 record as a senior, earning all-conference and all-county honors; averaged 43.8 yards on 26 punt attempts during his career; and booted kickoffs for a 68.3-yard average and 150 touchbacks.

I figure Lochbihler either will start from Day 1 or redshirt this season. He's stepping into big shoes, but by taking Ryan Doerr's No. 9, it seems this young punter doesn't shy away from the challenge.