After showing off his leg to the tune of 47 yards per punt so far this preseason, former UC Davis punter and kickoff specialist Colton Schmidt was claimed by the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, just one day after being released by the San Francisco 49ers.
Schmidt will report to Cleveland’s practice on Wednesday.
In San Francisco’s first preseason matchup against Denver, the 2012 Big Sky first-teamer unleashed a 57-yard punt that was downed on the 2-yard line and even made a tackle. He then booted a 62-yarder when the 49ers faced Kansas City.
Browns coaches have had questions about kicker Shayne Graham distance on kickoffs and some internet outlets have speculated that Schmidt could make the team as its punter — he would have to beat out Spencer Lanning who has been with Cleveland since the offseason — and handle kickoffs.
Schmidt, a 5-foot-11, 220 pounder from Bakersfield set UCD’s single-season punting record (44.5) and career mark (41.1). During his senior campaign in 2012, more than half of Schmidt’s 63 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.