Doc Holliday has preached all season long that great special teams plays will win games and redshirt junior punter Robert LeFevre’s performance against Florida International University was just that – great.
LeFevre was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of Week after helping the Thundering Herd secure an overtime win over FIU 30-27 by pinning the Panther offense.
“How about him (LeFevre),” Head Coach Doc Holliday said after Marshall’s win over FIU. “Whenever you get into a game like that field position is so important in that weather.”
Despite the rainy conditions that lasted the entirety of the game, LeFevre punted the ball five times for 227-yards while averaging 45.4 yards-per-boot. Four of LeFevre’s five kicks pinned Florida International University inside its own 20-yard line drastically changing the game. To top off his performance, three of his punts went for at least 50-yards.
The Hillard, Ohio native emerged as the starting punter last season for Marshall after only seeing action in one game his redshirt freshman season behind graduate Kaare Vedvik who handled kickoff and punt duties. During the 2018 season, LeFevre averaged more than 44-yards per punt in his last three games of the season. Since then, LeFevre has kept the role and has helped in many of the Herd’s successes.
Thus far, LeFevre has averaged around 44-yards per punt this season with a long of 58. A notable game from the punter was against Florida Atlantic University this season when Marshall was in a fierce matchup against the Owls. LeFevre’s punt near the end of the third quarter was downed at the FAU four-yard line leading to a sack safety by senior linebacker Tyler Brown that contributed to the Herd’s victory over the Owls at the FAU Stadium.
LeFevre’s leg will get will more game of use this season as the Herd wait to receive and accept a bowl game that will take place later in December.
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