Cougars' punter could have NFL future
Reid Forrest's punts, combined, have traveled nearly 5 miles and have stayed in the air more than 15 minutes.
PULLMAN — Reid Forrest has had one of the better college football careers among this year's Washington State seniors.
Forrest has been the Cougars' punter the past three years. He's been called on to perform that duty 209 times, third-most in WSU history and only 46 behind Kyle Basler's school record.
His punts, combined, have traveled nearly 5 miles and have stayed in the air more than 15 minutes.
By the end of this season he'll hold WSU career marks in total punts and punting yardage. He's killed 46 punts inside the 20 in his career, not Kyle Basler-esque — Basler had 76 in his four years in Pullman — but still an impressive total.
Forrest is, simply put, the best at his position among the Cougars.
And possibly the most overlooked.
Despite his 43.2-yard average, 18 inside the 20 and at least a dozen more attempts than anyone in the conference last season, Forrest was only an honorable-mention All-Pac-10 selection.
Still, not too shabby for a wannabe wide receiver who came to Pullman from Ephrata High in 2006 hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father Jim, a Cougars tight end in the early 1970s.
"He's got a chance to play at the next level," said WSU first-year coach Dave Ungerer, who has coached special teams around the nation for more than two decades. "He's got a really strong leg, good hang time and he's a really good athlete. Those are things they look for."
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