Cooney, a cancer survivor, was one of the best punters in the country this past season (his only one on scholarship). He averaged 44.8 yards per punt — 15th in the nation and best in Syracuse history — and also attempted more punts than anyone else in the FBS. Cooney also had 24 punts downed inside the 20 — a rate of nearly 33%. All of that earned him both All-ACC and All-American honors. #PunterU is alive and well.
It appears that Cooney will be part of a pretty close race for the New Orleans punting job going into 2021. Former Penn State punter Blake Gillikin is his competition.
Congrats to Nolan! And looking forward to seeing if he can become the third Syracuse punter currently in the NFL.