Hometown (High School): Geelong, Victoria, Australia
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After suffering through years of mediocre/downright awful punting, Kirk Ferentz spiced things up a bit by signing a graduate punter from Arizona State. Not only is he a graduate punter from Arizona State, he’s a native of Australia, which is so much cooler.
Sleep-Dalton’s journey to Iowa is an interesting one. He originally started out at the College of San Francisco, a junior college in…San Francisco (I just wanted to make sure you all knew where the College of San Francisco is). Coming out of CSF, he was the #1 JUCO punter in the nation in the class of 2016. He then signed with Arizona State and was a two-year starter for the Sun Devils.
Last season, Sleep-Dalton punted 59 times for 2,586 yards, an average of 43.8 yards. Of those punts, 7 were touchbacks, 20 were fair caught, 19 landed inside the 20 and 10 were punts of 50+ yards. Sleep-Dalton’s long last season was 72! For comparison, Colten Rastetter punted the ball 53 times for 2,063 yards, an average of 38.9 yards. Of those punts, 2 were touchbacks, 9 were fair caught, 19 landed inside the 20 and 4 were 50+ yards.
Looking at those stats, it’s clear Sleep-Dalton is a boomer who has the leg to stretch the field. He’ll be in competition with Rastetter this fall and we’re hoping the Aussie gets a chance to show what he can do.
Welcome aboard, Mr. Sleep-Dalton.