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Penn State Football: Australian Kicker Set To Call Happy Valley Home

by on July 05, 2014 10:00 AM

With Penn State's newly released team roster, it may have been easy to skim over the 120 names and see nothing unexpected.

The freshman and walk-on players were included, a few weights had changed, but other than that it was nothing special.

Closer inspection shows at least one interesting story in the making -- walk-on Daniel Pasquariello, a punter who hails from a kicking camp in Melbourne, Australia.

Pasquariello's tape found its way to Penn State's staff through a Prokick program that has seen plenty of successful punters make a name for themselves in college and professional football. 

Memphis' Tom Hornsey and Arkansas' Sam Irwin-Hill both finished in the top 13 in FBS in punting average in 2013 and have ties to the camp. Within the Big Ten, Ohio State's Cameron Johnston led the conference in punting average and also can credit Prokick for his success.

Every player has a certain amount of adjusting to do when making the move from high school to college let alone a move across the world, but Pasquariello should be in good shape to compete for the starting job.

With the graduation of Alex Butterworth, the punting job has largely been given to fellow walk-on Chris Gulla who was solid but not overwhelming in the Blue White game.

If nothing else, the open competition between Gulla, Pasquariello and two additional walk-ons should benefit the unit. It will also give special team's coach Charles Huff a few more options which is never a bad thing.

You can read more about Prokick Australia on their website here.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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