(Eds: With AP Photos.) By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer The perfect rookie kicker with the cannon leg has nothing on his rookie roommate with the St. Louis Rams.
Just like Greg Zuerlein, who's 13 for 13 on field goals this year, punter Johnny Hekker is fast making a name for himself. Together, the youngsters have made quite an impact. One has been able to put the Rams (3-2) in scoring position not long after they cross midfield this season and the other has done his best to pin down the opponents.
The 6-foot-5 Hekker was undrafted out of Oregon State, the alma mater of running back Steven Jackson. He set a franchise record with a 56.9-yard average in last week's victory over Arizona and had a 46-yard net average with three punts downed inside the 20.
A week earlier, the former high school quarterback threw a perfect spiral for a touchdown off a fake field goal attempt in a win over Washington. He's the franchise's lone punter to throw a TD pass since the AFL-NFL merger.