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Slate: Wildcats remain optimistic

Devin Anctil recognized for his punting prowess

#21 Devin Anctil
If your punter is the team bright spot, is that a good thing?
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A late, quick-hitter today:


Well, I guess we’re still not finished talking about the laundry. Or, more precisely, grousing about it, as the Mercury’s Ned Seaton gives voice to the curmudgeon’s point of view, complete with a grammar lesson for Wyatt Hubert. Not only is Ned about a week late to the party. He also provides no insights you haven’t already read on your choice of social media venue. But, hey. It’s his paper.

Despite the disappointment of the last two weeks, Coach Klieman remains positive about his team and believes it is making progress. (Robinett, Eagle) What else is a coach to say?

One undoubted bright spot has been the performance of punter Devin Anctil, who was named to the “Ray’s 8” list after Saturday’s game against Baylor.

James Gilbert has put the ball on the turf three times in two weeks, but he insists he has never had a fumbling problem. Ryan Black at the Mercury says Gilbert is right about that.

Several Wildcat alumni performed well in the NFL this week, highlighted by Lockett’s amazing touchdown catch, Pringle’s 103-yard night for the Chiefs, and Sproles’s 32 yards gained to become 5th all-time in NFL all-purpose yardage.


The volleyballers will take on the Texas Longhorns Wednesday night. Texas is the country’s 4th-ranked team, while the Cats are 6-9, 1-3 in the Big 12.


The men’s golf team is highly motivated going into its second Big 12 match play tournament after joining the baseball squad for a motivational presentation led by Rod Cate, who suffered a broken neck on the football field when he was 15, but overcame long odds to walk again.

Golf alum Jeremy Gandon, meanwhile, holed a wedge shot for eagle in a playoff to qualify to play in the PGA’s Houston Open this week. Fellow alumnus Robert Streb will also be in the field.