Originally written on Blue Cougar Football  |  Last updated 11/19/14

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05: Punter Riley Stephenson #99 of the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
One of the biggest losses from 2012 for the Brigham Young Cougars is punter Riley Stephenson. His powerful (45.4 yards per punt) and precise punts (30 inside the 20-yard line) were game changers for BYU. The same problem faced the Cougs 30 years ago. In 1982, Mike Mees set a school record by averaging 45.6 yards per punt. Mees, however, was a senior and would not be back for the 1983 season. That caused LaVell Edwards to turn to Lee Johnson--a junior from The Woodlands, Texas. Johnson proved to be all that Mees was and then some. Johnson's first game with full-time kicking duties was a homecoming game. Baylor University in Waco, Texas is three hours northwest of Johnson's hometown. While Steve Young got a lot of attention for his fabulous one-man show on offense, Johnson made his presence known. On four punts, he averaged 52.5 yards, including a long of 54 yards. The Baylor game was the first of five games in 1983 that Johnson would average 50 yards or more per punt. In at least sev...
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