In which BracketCat counts down the 18th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of punter/kicker Andrew Hicks.
#18 Andrew Hicks
Redshirt Sophomore | 5-11 | 182 lbs. | Shawnee, Kansas
- Position: Punter/Kicker
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Second-String
- Status: Preferred Walk-On
Andrew Jason Hicks (b. May 20, 1997) is a walk-on kicker from Mill Valley High School. His father, Darren, played football at Kansas and his brother, Ryan, played at Baker University.
Hicks arrived on campus in the spring and successfully completed three extra-point attempts for the Purple team in the 2017 spring game. He redshirted that season, though.
Hicks followed that up with a 45-yard kickoff for the White team and four kickoffs for Purple, averaging 52.2 yards per kickoff, in the 2018 spring game, as well as two successful PAT attempts, one for each team.
He played in eight games in 2018, serving as both the team’s primary punter and kicker during portions of the season.
Hicks averaged 43.8 yards on 20 punts, with four punts of 50 or more yards and five landing inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. His best game punting was at West Virginia, when he averaged 49.0 yards on four punts with two spanning 50 or more yards.
Hicks also had a career-long punt of 63 yards in the season opener against South Dakota.
He also was true on all six extra-point attempts, including a 4-for-4 game against Oklahoma State, and was 1 of 3 on the year on field goals, with his make coming from 31 yards out against the Cowboys.
Hicks averaged 54.6 yards on nine kickoffs in 2018 and earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors. He was a three-year letter-winner for Mill Valley under head coach Joel Applebee.
Hicks was named to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas team as a senior in 2015, in addition to first-team all-state honors from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle after connecting on 6 of 10 field-goal attempts, nailing 70 of 71 extra-point attempts and totaling 46 touchbacks on 82 kickoffs.
Hicks also punted 26 times, with a long of 64 yards, and landed five punts land inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. He helped Mill Valley to earn a 12-1 record and capture a state championship in 2015, and earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior.
A three-year letter-winner in track, Hicks was the anchor for the state medal-winning 4×100 team as a junior.
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