In the Big Ten punting is winning. We produce some of the best punters in America, and today we have a promising sophomore that has already done well (Mostly because we have to punt WAY too much).
Joe Schopper - So.
Indianapolis, IN (Cathedral HS)
6', 196 pounds
2016 Projection: Starter at punter
One of four players on the roster from Cathedral (joining Evan Pulliam, Ronnie Hill, and Malcolm Dotson), Schopper is not used to losing many football games. He was one of the highest rated punters in America in the 2015 class, and didn't disappoint once he got to Purdue.
Schopper was handed the starter's job once he passed Thomas Meadows last season and averaged 40.2 yards per punt with a long of 69 yards. He ended up punting 58 times in 11 games and put 20 of those inside the 20. A total of 12 punts went over 50 yards.
So Schopper is doing his job when it comes to punting. He also served as the holder on placekicks, which will be important with a new kicker coming in this fall.