The Carolina Panthers announced today that punter Brad Nortman was named the NFC’s special teams player of the month. Nortman has played excellent as of late and appears to be the long-term solution at punter the Panthers have sought after since the departure of Todd Sauerbrun. During his award winning month, Nortman averaged a net of 44.0 yards per punt as well as a gross average of 48.1 yards. Of his 24 punts last month, 8 of them were downed inside the opponents 20 yard line. He was instrumental in the Panthers victory over the New Orleans Saints in Charlotte as he had punts downed on the 2 and 3 yard lines to help flip the field against a potent offense.
Keeping up the tradition in the Panthers organization this year, Nortman was quick to give credit to his fellow special teamers and coaches. On the year, Nortman is 4th in gross average (47.8) and 5th in net average (41.6) among all qualified punters. He was a pro bowl snub, just like Thomas Davis. No punt was more impressive than the 72 yarder he booted against the Miami Dolphins. With Graham Gano, Brad Nortman, and Ted Ginn, the Panthers have a solid core for their special teams unit, an area that is often overlooked in today’s pass happy NFL. It’s nice to see Nortman finally receiving recognition for his fantastic season. You can click here to see an interview with Nortman on receiving his award.