Tim Masthay opens pre-season with some booming punts

August 16, 2011 

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Former UK punter Tim Masthay was honored in his hometown of Murray last February after the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl.

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It was just one pre-season game, but former Kentucky standout Tim Masthay seemed to pick right up where he left off last season, booming punts Saturday night in the Green Bay Packers' loss to the Cleveland Browns.

"He's having a great (camp)," kicker Mason Crosby told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "From our off-season together to seeing him hit the ball the way he did (Saturday) was awesome.

"I'm really happy for him for how hard he's working. He's got good confidence, just a controlled feeling. I'm excited to see how his season goes."

Masthay's first five punts averaged 55.6 yards. His final punt was only 39 yards, but it was a pooch punt that landed inside the 10-yard line and was downed at the Cleveland 7.

"I've been hitting it pretty well in practice," Masthay told the newspaper. "I felt pretty good, I had a little extra pop in my leg. I got in a groove and just rode that groove the rest of the game."

Crosby said the Packers' coaching staff has to be pleased with Masthay's effort.

"He's got it all right now," Crosby said. "It's a credit to his work ethic. I saw him work this spring. I hope it continues that way, and I think it will."

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