Junior Evan Rabon is going to set a few CCU records with one foot, and he has provided 42 points and more consistency of late with his other.
Rabon, a graduate of South Florence High School, punts with his left foot and kicks with his right.
While this is his first year as CCU’s starting kicker, he’s in his third season as the starting punter. He was named to the Sun Belt Preseason Second Team as a punter and is living up to the recognition.
Rabon has boomed a 50-yard punt in six consecutive games, and has two punts of 50 yards in three of them. His 65-yard punt at Appalachian State set a school record, his season average of 43.8 yards per punt is on pace to shatter Austin Cain’s school record of 39.2 yards in 2014, and his career average of 39.8 yards far surpasses Josh Hoke’s record of 37.2.
Of his 118 career punts, 42 have been fair caught, 45 have pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line and just four have reached the end zone for touchbacks.
Rabon said his dual-footed ability goes back to when he was 10. “I played a lot of soccer growing up and my dad always insisted that I be able to use both feet because it could give me an advantage on the soccer field, taking free kicks, corner kicks, anything like that,” Rabon said. “It was mainly for soccer in the beginning but it turned into me kicking.
“It’s more comfortable for me to punt left-footed. I can’t really punt right-footed at all, but I can kick field goals left-footed or right-footed with ease, I just choose to kick right-footed.”
Rabon was the backup for two years to kicker Ryan Granger, who made 33 of 41 field goals and 77 of 80 extra points in the 2015-16 seasons.
Rabon has missed one of 19 extra points and five of 13 field goal attempts, though he has made his last four attempts and has a 52-yarder that is the second longest in CCU history.
“As the season has progressively gone on my unit has been better, I’ve gotten it more down with the snap and the hold,” Rabon said. “I think progressively it has gotten better as we practice it more.”