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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.

Mitch Lochbihler shares a number and a position with Ryan Doerr, but he is much taller than his predecessor, with a longer leg.
Mitch Lochbihler shares a number and a position with Ryan Doerr, but he is much taller than his predecessor, with a longer leg.
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Goal No. 9: ELIMINATE MISTAKES. Don't beat yourself.

MitchLochbihler

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

Bio

Position: Punter

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Mitchell Link Lochbihler (b. Jan. 6, 1995) is a young punter with a powerful leg who benefited from a redshirt season in 2013 and will compete for starting duties in 2014. His height translates into awesome punting leverage.

Lochbihler was 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 expect Lochbihler to beat out fellow redshirt freshman Nick Walsh for the starting position, even though Walsh had a slightly better punting average in the spring game. But either way, we should be set for four more years.