On Jan. 14, Australian-born punter Adam Korsak officially arrived at Rutgers University. As an early-enrollee, Korsak is set to start his classes for the Spring 2018 semester. Perhaps more importantly, Korsak will have a chance to work closely with Rutgers special teams coordinator Vince Okruch during the offseason.
“I am honored to represent Rutgers,” Korsak told NJ.com. “I
have heard great things from Tim Gleeson about the Rutgers family and the coaches were a pleasure to deal with throughout the process. I put a
lot of trust in John A. Smith and Nathan Chapman at Prokick Australia to make this happen!”
Korsak was enrolled in the Prokick Academy, an Australian kicking academy that trains young Australian rugby players to kick and punt American Footballs for the college (and eventually, pro) level.
The 6-2, 190 pound punter fills a major hole for head coach Chris Ash. Over the offseason, Ash lost his 2017 first-team All-Big 10 punter Ryan Anderson to graduation. In 2017, Anderson averaged 44.4 yards per kick—best in the Big 10.
“A punter was very important for this class because we knew Ryan was gone,” Ash told OnTheBanks.com. “I think we got a really good one. I’m excited about his skill set. It’s different. He’s an Australian punter, and what he can do and what he has been trained to do is a little bit different than a traditional punter, and I’m excited to get him on campus and let him show us what he can do in person and then figure it out from there.”
And Ash has every right to be excited. At Prokick, Korsak has shown he possesses a tremendous leg. He averages 45 yards per punt, with a hang time of 4.5 seconds. The video below shows just how strong Korsak’s leg really is.
In the punting game, that extra second in hang time or that extra 0.5 yard can make the difference in both field position and possible turnover situations.
The only issue with Korsak is that he does not possess any actual game time experience. At the Prokick Academy, Korsak participated in punting/kicking competitions across Australia and the United States, but he has never actually stepped onto the gridiron. This brings up a lot of questions about Korsak’s experience and accuracy.
Overall, this is a good pick up for the Scarlet Knights. Korsak not only helps in filling in the roster hole that Anderson left behind, but he has shown to possess a natural talent at kicking. However, until we see Korsak in pads on the field of Highpoint Solutions Stadium against an actual college football team, his status as either a recruiting gem or bust is unknown.