MIDLAND — Texas Tech punter Taylor Symmank averaged 50.8 yards with good hang time on eight punts during a special-teams segment of Saturday's scrimmage. Two caveats: It wasn’t a live period, so there was no rush, and Symmank had a south wind at his back.
Nevertheless, it’s no secret the junior from McKinney Boyd has a strong leg, so strong that he briefly took the job from senior Ryan Erxleben last September. He punted 12 times for a 42-yard average, but didn’t show the consistency coaches wanted.
“He’s one of the more talented legs I’ve been around,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “It’s just last year, I didn’t think mentally he handled it very well. The job is his to lose now. He’s been showing up all spring, and I expect a great year.”
Symmank is a grandson of Bob Ward, the Tom Landry-era Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coach. He was a kicker and soccer player at McKinney Boyd and didn’t learn to punt until after graduating high school.