Earlier this week, Rutgers punter Adam Korsak was named a AP preseason Second Team All-American. This honor is even more impressive given the fact the Big Ten is not playing football this fall as of now, although that may change by Thanksgiving. Regardless, AP voters did not take whether the players were set to play this fall or not, including those who opted out of the season due to concerns with COVID-19.
Last season, Korsak was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection and semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award (nation’s top punter) after averaging 43.8 yards per punt on 76 attempts. That included 12 boots of 50+ yards and placing 31 inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. He also pinned 18 punts inside the 10 yard line, 10 of which were inside the 5.
His journey towards earning national respect began after an epic punting battle with Iowa’s Michael Sleep-Dalton in week 2 last season, a performance which earned him his first of three Ray Guy Weekly Awards in 2019. Several in the national media and many Iowa fans rose in defense of Korsak after he was snubbed by the Big Ten for being passed over as Special Teams Player of the Week. Our friends at SB Nation’s Iowa site, Black Heart Gold Pants, even wrote a passionate defense of Korsak after the game.
Korsak is the first Rutgers player to earn preseason All-American recognition since Janarion Grant a few seasons ago and the first punter to be named to any All-American team since Matt O’Connell in 1988.
Whenever Rutgers does take the field to kickoff the second tenure of Greg Schiano as head coach, Korsak will be an asset for this team once again.