Nov. 11, 2000
BERKELEY, Calif. - On Tuesday, Cal punter Nick Harris will make a special visit to ESPN.com's moderated chat room to talk about his record setting season.
Nick Harris broke the NCAA career record for punting yardage November 4 as he became the first punter in NCAA history to kick for over 13,000 yards in a career. The senior All-America candidate passed the former national record held Cameron Young of TCU, who punted for 12,947 yards from 1976-79 on 320 punts.
Harris also should eventually break Young's 320-punt record as well, needing to average 5.7 punts over the final three games to capture that national mark. Harris only ranks 45th nationally in punting this season with a 40.85 average, but that stat is misleading. He has been asked to punt for placement rather than distance most of the season as 21 of his 54 punts (38.9 percent) this season have come with a line of scrimmage inside opponent territory. He's has 31 punts downed inside the opponent 20-yard-line (57.4%). Included in that total are 9 punts inside opponent's 5-yard-line. Harris is a candidate for the Ray Guy Award for the nation's top punter.
Harris won't be stopping by until 11:00 a.m. PT Tuesday but feel free to leave your questions now and we will save them for his arrival.