MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin punter Drew Meyer learned plenty about his craft while watching from the sideline on game days last fall. He hopes to learn even more by playing next fall.
Meyer took a redshirt season as a freshman last year as senior punter Brad Nortman closed out one of the best punting careers in Badgers history. Nortman finished his career ranked third in school history in average yards per punt at 42.1 and taught Meyer how to approach the craft with great reverence.
"He showed me how to work in the weight room and out on the field," Meyer said. "He really was able to focus when he needed to focus. We have fun as specialists, but when it was time to work, we knew how to work. It was great seeing how he did things."
Few punters could have given Meyer a better crash course in kicking at the college level. Nortman was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.
Now, it's Meyer's turn to step in as the only returning Badgers speci...