39 Days to Miami football: Brian Monroe punter turned football analyst

BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 17: (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
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Brian Monroe was the punter for the Miami football program from 2003-2006. Post career, Monroe has more recently been an analyst on the Hurricanes pre and post-game shows for football.

Brian Monroe is second in Miami football history since 2000 with 9,352 punting yards. After a mediocre freshman season, Monroe improved averaging 41.2 yards per punt as a sophomore in 2004, 39.8 as a junior in 2005 and 41.7 as a senior in 2006. Despite Monroe’s 35.7 yard average in 2003, opponents had 107 yards in returns.

Monroe also handled kickoffs throughout his Miami football career. As a junior, Monroe averaged 36.9 yards in net punting. Monroe excelled with placement with only two touchbacks during his junior season. That was the lowest during his Miami career and fewest by a Miami punter since touchbacks were kept since 1998.

Monroe landed 26 punts inside the 20-yard line during his junior season. Miami opponents averaged 5.1 yards per punt return against Monroe in 2005. In addition to punting and kickoffs, Monroe was the holder for Miami kicker Jon Peattie. On kickoffs, Miami opponents averaged just 17.9 yards per return.

Monroe had 22 touchbacks on 65 kickoffs. In back to back games against Temple and North Carolina in 2005, Monroe did not have a punt returned. Although Monroe did not have the biggest leg his outstanding ability with hangtime made his net punting standout. Monroe was an outstanding athlete.

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A soccer player in high school, Monroe participated in spring practice at wide receiver ahead of senior year and recorded three tackles in his junior and senior seasons. During the last few seasons, Monroe has become a valuable member of the Miami football broadcasts as a pre and post-game analyst.