The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.
Through the first four games of the season, McAfee leads the NFL in net punting average (45.6) and ranks third in gross punting average (49.6). He has posted a league-high 24 touchbacks on kickoffs and has converted two onside kicks. No other team in the NFL has been successful on a single onside kick in 2014. McAfee also serves as the holder for kicker Adam Vinatieri, who has converted 8-of-8 field goals and 16-of-16 extra points for 40 total points, which is tied for the NFL lead.
In Week 2 against Philadelphia (9/15), McAfee registered four punts for a 55.3 average, which marked the second-best single-game average of his career. In Week 3 at Jacksonville (9/21), he set a franchise single-game record with eight kickoff touchbacks and added seven kickoff touchbacks the following week against Tennessee (9/28).
McAfee holds Colts career records in kickoffs (413), kickoff touchbacks (188), punting gross average (45.7) and punting net average (38.6). He also ranks fourth in franchise history in career punts (380) and punting yards (17,380) and third in punts inside the 20 (122).
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