Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 16, the number once worn by WVU punter, Todd Sauerbrun
Originally from Setauket, NY, Sauerbrun was a four-year member of the WVU football program, from 1991 to 1994. During his Mountaineer career, Sauerbrun appeared in 40 career games for the Mountaineers where he recorded 8,181 punt yards on 177 punts, and 54 points on 30 extra point conversions, and eight field goal makes. His career long on field goals was from 44 yards away, while his longest punt was a 90 yarder struck during the 1994 Kickoff Classic against Nebraska. Sauerbrun appeared in two bowl games (1994 Sugar, and 1995 Carquest) during his collegiate career, and was a consensus All-American selection following his senior season.
As a freshman, Sauerbrun appeared in just four games for West Virginia as he recorded three punts for 142 yards. As a sophomore, Sauerbrun recorded 53 punts for 2,348 yards, with his longest that season being a 63 yarder against Boston College. Sauerbrun was honored after his sophomore season with a first-team, all-Big East selection.
During his junior season, the 6’0”, 200 pound special-teams legend handled both punting and place kicking duties during West Virginia’s historic 1993 campaign. As a punter, Sauerbrun recorded 47 punts for 2,097 yards as he matched his career long of 63 during the season opener against Eastern Michigan. He went on to convert 30 of 32 extra points, and hit 8 of 17 field goal tries to help the Mountaineers record their second perfect regular season in school history. They went on to lose to Florida in the 1994 Sugar Bowl 41-7. However, Sauerbrun was honored with another first-team, all-Big East selection at season’s end.
Sauerbrun went on to have a career-year in 1994, the final season he would don the colors of the old Gold and Blue. That year, Sauerbrun focused solely on punting as he recorded a career-best 3,594 yards on 74 punts.
In the season opener against Nebraska, Sauerbrun launched a career-long punt of 90 yards, which stands today as the longest in school history. He also went on to set a national record with an incredible average of 48.4 yards a punt. Sauerbrun currently holds the NCAA record for career punting average (46.1), as well as in the category for punts in a season that traveled 50 yards or longer when he recorded 32 in 1994.
At the conclusion of his senior year, Sauerbrun was once again a first-team, all-Big East selection. That year, Sauerbrun reached All-American status as every major publication and media outlet in the nation named him a first-team, All-American at the conclusion of the 1994 campaign.
Following his graduation from West Virginia University in 1994, Todd Sauerbrun went on to pursue a career in professional football. He went on to be selected in the second round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears.
In 13 seasons on the pro level, Sauerbrun was a member of six different clubs. He recorded 39,208 punting yards off 889 career punts for a career average of 44.1 yards a punt. During his time in the league, Sauerbrun was selected to the Pro Bowl on three different occasions (2001-03), and was voted an All-Pro four times (1996, 2001-03). Sauerbrun appeared in two AFC Championship Games (2005 and 06), an NFC Championship Game (2003), and was a member of the Carolina Panthers during their valiant run to Super Bowl XXXVIII where they fell in the closing seconds to the New England Patriots 32-29.
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