In yesterday's Days Until post, we took a look at one of the current punters on the roster, Chris Gulla. Today, we keep the punter train rolling with a former great: Jeremy Kapinos.
Jeremy joined Penn State via Springfield, VA, and took over the punting duties for Dear Old State during the depths of the dark years. In 2003, Kapinos' freshman year, Penn State managed a paltry 3 wins, with several close losses. Jeremy was a bright spot of sorts for that team, as he averaged 41.9 yards per punt. In a season with multiple tight games, Jeremy's ability to flip the field kept the Nittany Lions from being blown out. The 2004 season saw much of the same, as Kapinos continued to boot the ball during an ultimately disappointing year - though one that showed promise in the home stretch.
In 2005, Penn State roared back into the national spotlight, completing the resurgence first felt against Indiana in 2004. For his continued success, Jeremy was named to the 2005 Ray Guy Award watchlist, given to the nation's top punter. In 2006, Kapinos capped off a four-year career by averaging 41.9 yards per punt, his highest average since his freshman campaign. He was again named to the Ray Guy Award watchlist, as well as a Third-team AP All-, and Second-Team All-Big Ten.
Jeremy graduated with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management before moving on to the NFL, where he signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. He spent 6 years in the league, including stints with the Jets, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, and Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in 2012.
Kapinos was an integral part of Penn State's emergence from the Dark Ages, and helped put the Nittany Lions back on the national scene. For that we are forever grateful! Only 36 days to go!