Wake Forest punter Alex Kinal making his mark at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. - A native of South Australia who grew up playing Aussie Rules football, Wake Forest punter Alex Kinal has taken well to the style of American football. The All-Atlantic Coast Conference punter is at the Senior Bowl all-star game along with Syracuse punter Riley Dixon. "I grew up in South Australia, basically saw a couple Aussie guys playing football in the NFL,"Kinal said. "I started really watching it and thought I'd give it a go. I put some film together. By Signing Day in 2011, I had a full ride to Wake It was a little bit of a shot in the dark, but thought I'd give it a go." Kinal ranked ninth nationally last season with a 41.3 net punting average. "Honestly, I think what kind of might stick out with my story is the fact I can deal with the unpredictable," Kinal said. "I enjoy exploring and seeing new things. I don't mind a challenge." Kinal had 32 punts inside opponents' 20-yard line to lead the ACC. His three touchbacks tied for the lowest in the conference. Kinal's selection marks the fifth consecutive year Wake Forest has had a player invited to the Senior Bowl, following Joe Looney, Tommy Bohanon, Michael Campanaro and Kevin Johnson. Johnson was the Houston Texans' first-round draft pick and started as a rookie. "Kevin's good," Kinal said. "I saw him a play a little bit, start at corner. He was one my gunners on the punt team, very reliable, great guy, very speedy, very shifty." "I met with the Texans briefly. I had a good meeting. It's informal, just a little bit of a chat. I talked to them a little bit about KJ. The teams want to know that I'm a football player." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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