Jacob Branstetter, Kansas


K -P Branstetter, Jacob, Kansas

Class: Junior - Senior 10
Hometown: Lawton, Okla.
High School: MacArthur HS

Height / Weight: 5-10 / 175
Position: Kicker
Experience: 1L


Scouting (Staff):
Paul Assad, Pro College Football Player Development and Scouting comments: Player is among the hardest workers to come through Pro College Football. Worked with PCF Alumni and Staff Jason Wells, AFL First Team Kicker both from Lawton, OK. Started kicking with Paul Assad entering his senior season in high school. Was a standout, started at Air Force and transferred to KU where he follows Scott Webb, PCF Alumni and Big 12 Star. Branstetter has been fantastic on short field goals and PAT and will have to demonstrate his ability to kick off long with hang time and hit the medium and long field goals if he will get an opportunity at the next level. Currently his field goal elevation and accuracy is excellent. Has indicated he will work hard this off season to push his long kicking ability to the next level. Earned a scholarship after his first season as starting kicker.

UPDATED JULY 11, 2009: Field goals are looking very smooth and accurate from 40 yds in range but has the range for 55-58 possibly. Player should work to same swing from all distances. Has the strength sometimes looses position release releasing of hips on long kicks. Has significantly improved his kick off power. Has smooth fluent stepping patter is slightly long on last steps so working on steps in the power zone to be able to generate more pop and acceleration thru impact, more snap of leg action sometimes pulls from the upper leg too much and hip and timing. Showed long booming kick off's out of back 3.6-3.78 range then finally broke the 4 sec. barrier and close on technique. Has a solid onside "Pop Up" Kick Off - used in game vs Nebraska last season. Player works hard continues to improve.

Career Honors: 2008: Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

2008 (So.): Earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors... Missed the season opener, but was KU's place kicker in each of the last 12 games... Made nine of 12 field goal attempts on the season with a long of 34 vs. Missouri in last regular season game... Was 51 of 52 on PATs... Set a school record with 49 consecutive PATs made... His 51 PATs made were second in school history... Attempted only three field goals in the last six games, making a 34-yarder vs. Missouri, a 33-yarder vs. Kansas State and having a 43-yard attempt blocked vs. Kansas State... Recorded seven tackles on kickoffs during the year.

2007 (RS): Did not see any action as a backup kicker.

2006 (RS): Redshirted his first year at Kansas.

High School: Earned All-State honors as a senior... Was a three-year letterwinner... Played both kicker and punter... In his career he was 17 of 22 in field goals and 142 of 144 on PATs, while also owning a 42-yard punting average... Was the kicker in the Oil Bowl game... Was the district special teams player of the year as well as a three-time all-area kicker... Also lettered in tennis four years and basketball three seasons.... Was a member of the National Honor Society while graduating with honors... Was his school's athlete of the year and also earned a leadership award.

Personal: Born in Lawton, Okla... Majoring in secondary education and business... Would like to teach high school math and coach high school basketball or work for a major sporting goods company following graduation... Hobbies include watching movies with his fiancé, shooting pool and playing with his dog... Son of Diane and Gerald Branstetter... Has one brother.

Favorites: Place to eat in Lawrence - El Mezcal; Place to play football - Anywhere the Jayhawks are playing; Activity other than football - Playing pool; Athlete - Michael Jordan; Pregame ritual - Calm stretching; Football memory - 42-yard game-winning field goal sophomore year; Thing about your team - Competitive on the field, but the nicest guys in the world off of it

Kicking G FGA FGM PAT Pts.
2008 12 9 12 51-52 78

Defense UT AT Total
2008 6 1 7