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Dave Zastudil
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Zastudil in the 2014 NFL season.
No. 15, 9     
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-10-26) October 26, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth: Bay Village, Ohio
Career information
College: Ohio
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Baltimore Ravens ( 2002 2005)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× MAC Special Teams Player of the Year (1999, 2001)
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Punts     869
Punt Yards     38,016
Punting Yard Average     43.7
Inside 20     285
Stats at NFL.com

David Michael Zastudil (born October 26, 1978) is a former American football punter. He played college football at Ohio, and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

Early yearsEdit

Zastudil attended Bay High School in Bay Village, Ohio,[1] where he played quarterback, punter, and placekicker and helped to lead his team to an 8–2 record during his senior year.[1] As a senior, Dave passed for 806 yards and accumulated 2,282 yards throughout his career.[1] He averaged 40.7 yards per kick as a senior punter with a long punt of 67 yards;[1] he also made 19 consecutive point-after attempts, made six field goals with a long field goal of 42 yards and averaged 57 yards per kickoff.[1] He was selected twice as an all-state and all-conference punter,[1] and made the all-district team as a kicker and the all-conference team as a quarterback.

College careerEdit

Dave graduated from Bay High School and attended Ohio University, where he led the Bobcats and the Mid-American Conference in punting for four straight years.[1] As a senior, Zastudil was selected as a first-team All-American by Football News and the Football Writers Association of America, and was selected as a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.[1] He was also a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection and the MAC's special teams co-player of the year, after leading the MAC in punting four times.[1] During his senior year, Zastudil punted 50 times for 2,280 yards with a 45.6-yard average,[1] with 16 of those punts having come from inside the 20-yard line, seven touchbacks and a long punt of 74 yards.[1]

As an underclassman, Zastudil was a first-team All-Mid American Conference selection as a junior (averaging 44.3 yards per punt), sophomore (43.2 yards per punt) and freshman (45.3 yards per punt).[1] As a sophomore, he was the MAC special teams player of the year and the first-team All-MAC punter after leading the conference in punting.[1] As a freshman, he was also named to the All-America team.[1]

Zastudil also set the school record for the longest punt with a 75-yard punt against the Akron Zips.[1] Dave graduated from Ohio with a double major in finance and marketing.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Baltimore RavensEdit

After graduating from Ohio University, Zastudil was eligible for the 2002 NFL Draft. He was one of only two punters taken during the draft (Craig Jarrett was the other),[2] and was drafted in the fourth round with the 112th pick overall by the Baltimore Ravens.[2]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

File:Dave Zastudil punting in 2007.jpg

On March 12, 2006, Zastudil was signed by the Cleveland Browns to the terms of a five-year contract,[3] replacing lackluster punter Kyle Richardson. Before 2009, Zastudil had played in all but three games during his professional career;[1] he missed those three games in 2004 after suffering a shoulder injury.[1] On November 18, 2009 Zastudil was put on injured reserve after a lingering knee problem. Reggie Hodges took over the punting for the Browns. The knee did not recover as well as expected after surgery, and Zastudil was placed on injured reserve again for the 2010 season on August 17, 2010.[4] On November 16, Zastudil and quarterback Brett Ratliff were waived by the Browns.[5] .[citation needed] However, he has held up very well in Arizona (his next stop), thus lending some credibility to his previous claims.

Arizona CardinalsEdit

Zastudil signed with the Arizona Cardinals on August 24, 2011. In the 2012 season, Zastudil set the NFL record for most net punting yards in a season with 5,209.[6] In addition, he had 46 punts land inside the 20-yard line, breaking the NFL single-season record, which was originally shared by three others.[7] On August 31, 2015, Zastudil was released by the Cardinals.

Career statisticsEdit

Year   Punting Kickoffs
  G No. YDS AVG LNG In20 TB BLKD No. YDS AVG TB
2002 Baltimore Ravens 16 81 3368 41.6 61 31 5 2 2 128 64.0 0
2003 Baltimore Ravens 16 89 3649 41.0 67 21 8 0 0 0 0 0
2004 Baltimore Ravens 14 73 2948 40.4 61 26 12 0 1 54 54.0 0
2005 Baltimore Ravens 16 84 3653 43.5 60 11 7 1 1 16 16.0 0
2006 Cleveland Browns 16 81 3563 44.0 61 28 7 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Cleveland Browns 12 49 2046 41.8 64 14 4 0 0 0 0 0
2008 Cleveland Browns 16 75 3410 45.5 65 23 11 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Cleveland Browns 8 49 2188 44.7 60 25 5 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Arizona Cardinals 15 87 3929 45.2 66 24 5 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Arizona Cardinals 16 112 5209 46.5 70 46 8 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Arizona Cardinals 16 78 3566 45.7 60 35 6 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 161 858 37529 43.7 70 284 78 3 4 198 49.5 0

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Sara Zastudil. The couple have three children.[citation needed] He currently resides in Bay Village, Ohio.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:NFL punting yards leaders

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