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Bearcats Insured by Lloyd

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By: Scott Springer

When veteran Pat O'Donnell left spring practice, there was some alarm in the air under the bubble at the Sheakley Athletics Center.

The highly-awarded punter had his degree, so under NCAA rules he could transfer and play immediately elsewhere.
  Initially, there was speculation he might follow Butch Jones to Tennessee, then O'Donnell eventually went to the Miami Hurricanes, closer to his home.

After the initial surprise of O'Donnell leaving, the question was who would step in?

The answer came in John Lloyd who had two years on the squad and won the battle to boot the ball for the Bearcats over some walk-ons and current freshman Sam Geraci of Moeller.

Lloyd has responded with a 44.8 average through six games with a long of 60 yards and three kicks inside the 20.
  In certain situations, he's shared the punting duties with Brendon Kay who's averaging 37.6 with four inside the 20 and a long of 58.

Geraci is currently injured, so Lloyd is your go-to punter and also the holder for kicker Tony Miliano.

He's a little thicker than your average punter/holder at 6-foot-2 and 237 pounds.
  At CHCA, he played some quarterback, tight end, and offensive line in addition to punting,holding and kicking off.

He averaged 44 yards per boot as a senior and 42.6 as a junior to lead the state.

He also has the possibility of being a trick play candidate with his high school offensive skills, plus the fact he was a baseball pitcher at CHCA (four years varsity, two-time all-State) and for a while at UC.

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