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Hawkeyes explain curious punting platoon after Maryland loss

Andrew Logue
alogue@dmreg.com
Dillon Kidd, left, appears to have the edge on Connor Kornbrath in the Iowa punting competition heading into this week's opening game against Northern Iowa.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Iowa football team took an unusual approach to solving its punting problem, using both Connor Kornbrath and Dillon Kidd.

"Right now, I'm doing the plus-50 punts," said Kornbrath, who was Iowa's regular punter last year but was beaten out this season. "And Dillon is doing the other punts."

Kornbrath averaged 37.4 yards on five punts, with four being downed inside the 20-yard line.

Kidd averaged 36.8 on four attempts, with one inside the 20.

Kidd, a junior-college transfer, had exclusively handled Iowa's punting chores in the first six games, but hasn't been effective.

He's averaging an underwhelming 38.6 yards on 35 kicks.

"We've been splitting the reps," Kornbrath said. "And been going from there."