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Sophomore Alec Vozenilek will be Virginia’s starting punter

Though Anthony Poindexter serves as one of Virginia’s special teams coaches, he never has been certain of how to pronounce punter Alex Vozenilek’s name properly. But on Tuesday, Poindexter confirmed he’ll be relying on the sophomore more than ever when the Cavaliers begin the regular season on Sep. 1 against Richmond.

Poindexter named Vozenilek the team’s starting punter after he beat out true freshmen James Coleman and Nicolas Conte during training camp. Vozenilek emerged from spring practice atop the punting depth chart, but has never attempted a punt in an actual game.

“The young kids ain’t quite ready,” Poindexter said. “Alec had some good days and some bad days, but he’s moving in the right direction.”

Last year, senior Jimmy Howell handled all but one of Virginia’s 63 punts and averaged 39.4 yards per attempt. The Cavaliers were ninth in the ACC and 108th in the country in punting.

As for who will fill the shoes of graduated place kicker Robert Randolph, that decision remains up in the air. Poindexter said he hopes to decide between junior Drew Jarrett and redshirt sophomore Ian Frye later this week.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.


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