2022 Australian bettor Jackson Ross commits to Vols

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Punter U’s legacy takes another twist for Tennessee football. As Paxton Brooks enters his final year of eligibility, Josh Heupel has gone overseas to find his replacement for the future, specifically looking for power guys who have experience in other sports.

This led him to Jackson Ross. 2022 hopeful in Melbourne, Australia, Ross has committed to the Vols. According to Eric Cain of VolQuest, it comes from a program called ProKick which trains Australian athletes to kick an American football.

Ross will have four years of eligibility and will be in line to compete for the starting job once Brooks leaves in 2023. He announced his decision to commit to Tennessee football Friday night on Twitter.

Clearly, the Flights have a long history of successful punters. It’s not just the Colquitt family, though they have produced four elite punters, three of whom have had long-term NFL careers. Either way, Michael Palardy, Trevor Daniel, and Matt Darr have all recently added to that legacy.

It made sense that the Flights would eventually find foreign talent to continue this tradition. Cain reports that Ross’ experience comes from playing rugby, which is big in Australia. Transitioning from these abilities to punting shouldn’t be too difficult.

Two NFL punters come from the ProKick program, Jordan Berry of the Minnesota Vikings and Arryn Siposs of the Philadelphia Eagles. There are many bettors throughout the college game who have also gone through the system.

In addition to Ross, the Vols will also have Kolby Morgan on their roster as a redshirt sophomore next year, so there will be a decent level of competition for the starting job. Toby Wilson and JT Carver will be in the system as place kickers.

Given Josh Heupel’s system, accuracy is more important to Tennessee football than power when it comes to oddsmakers, as the Vols will likely move the ball even on possessions they don’t score. However, rugby should also provide the experience to do so, so Ross is a big pick-up all around.

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