21 MINUS 7 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Devin Anctil

After somewhat of a rough start to 2018, Devin Anctil (21) eventually settled in as the starting punter. He enters 2019 as the presumptive favorite to retain those starting duties. | Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

In which BracketCat counts down the 14th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State punter Devin Anctil.

#21 Devin Anctil

Redshirt Senior | 6-1 | 234 lbs. | Lenexa, Kansas
Devin AnctilCourtesy Kansas State Athletics
Devin Anctil
  • Position: Punter
  • Previous College: Coffeyville Community College
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Devin Matthew Lewis Anctil (b. Aug. 28, 1996) is a preferred walk-on from the community-college ranks who will battle to retain primary punting duties as a senior.

He enters 2019 on the prestigious Ray Guy Award watch list for collegiate punters.

Anctil prepped at Olathe High School Northwest and then played one year at Coffeyville Community College after redshirting in 2016. He saw action in one game in 2017, serving as the holder on an extra point against Charlotte.

Anctil served as the team’s primary punter over the final half of the 2018 season, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the league’s coaches.

He punted 27 times for a 43.6-yard average, with six punts of 50 or more yards and 10 landing inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Anctil’s season average ranked sixth in school history, and would have ranked first in the Big 12 and 25th nationally if he had played in the required minimum amount of games.

His six punts of 50 or more yards were the most by a Wildcat since Mark Krause in 2013.

Anctil had a particularly great game at Oklahoma, setting career highs for punts (7), average (46.9), long punt (65), punts of 50+ yards (3) and punts landing inside the 20-yard line (5).

His 65-yarder against the Sooners tied for the second-longest punt in the Big 12 during the 2018 season and was the longest since Krause had a 67-yarder against Iowa State in 2013.

Anctil’s five punts inside the 20-yard line at OU also were the most since Nick Walsh had five at TCU in 2014. He also booted a 61-yard punt and had three of his four punts land inside the 20-yard line against Kansas.

Anctil punted for Olathe Northwest under head coach Chip Sherman, prepping with current teammate K-State fullback Adam Harter, and earned honorable mention all-league honors.

He also played basketball, picking up third-team all-league and honorable mention all-state accolades.

Anctil then played one season for the Coffeyville Ravens under head coach Aaron Flores.

He earned first-team all-region and all-conference honors after averaging 37.59 yards on 46 punts during the 2015 season, including a season-long of 55 yards against both Ellsworth Community College and Hutchinson Community College.

Anctil had a season-high 42.2-yard average on five punts against Independence Community College and also connected on 31 extra points during the season, including a 7-for-7 effort at Ellsworth.

He punted five times in the 2017 spring game for the White team, averaging 38.8 yards with a long of 46, but just one time for 41 yards in the 2018 spring game, again for White.

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