Jacksonville Jaguars punter Bryan Barker has been named AFC
Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in last
Sunday's 17-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Barker punted eight times for a 41.5-yard average and a long of 55
at Pittsburgh, but more importantly he had a team-record six kicks
inside the 20-yard line (the previous record was five on 11/9/97 vs.
Kansas City). Of the six inside-the-20 kicks, two were downed at
the one-yard line and another at the two-yard line, and the others at
the 5-, 12- and 11-yard lines. Four of his punts were kicked from
inside the Steelers' 42-yard line, and only two of his kicks were
returned, one of them for no gain at the 5-yard line.
It is the third time as a Jaguar that Barker has received such
honors. Previously, Barker was named AFC Special Teams Player
of the Week for performances December 28, 1998 vs. Pittsburgh
and Nov. 24, 1997 vs. Baltimore.
For the season, Barker has punted 21 times for a 43.9-yard average
(seventh in the AFC) and a 38.2 net average (second in the AFC),
with nine kicks inside the 20, two touchbacks and a long of 64.
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