Travis Baltz

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Travis Baltz
No. --     Free Agent
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-11-18) November 18, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Toledo, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Maryland
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Travis Baltz (born November 18, 1988) is an American football punter who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Maryland.

Early years[edit]

Travis Baltz was born on November 18, 1988 in Toledo, Ohio to parents Jim and Debbie Baltz. He grew up in Waterville, Ohio and attended Anthony Wayne High School where he played football, soccer, basketball, and bowling. In football, he played as a punter and placekicker. As a punter, he averaged 42 yards per punt in his junior year and 40 yards per punt in his senior year. As a placekicker in his junior year, he made good five of nine field goal attempts. As a senior placekicker, he made good five of six field goal attempts and 78% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.[1]

As a junior in 2005, he was named an All-Toledo Blade punter. As both a senior and junior, he was named an all-state and Associated Press honorable mention All-Ohio Division II punter. As a senior in 2006, he was named a first-team all-district and first-team All-Northern Lakes League punter, and first-team all-conference and All-Toledo Blade placekicker.[1]

Baltz was not actively recruited out of high school. He wished to attend Maryland and contacted special teams coach Ray Rychleski, whom he provided with film footage. Baltz's desire to attend Maryland was solidified after he visited its College Park campus, and the nearby cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Baltz attended summer camp at Maryland where he received praise from former Maryland kicker Nick Novak, but he still was not extended an offer. He considered Eastern Michigan, Northwestern, and Ohio State, the latter of which had shown interest and requested film. He considered many schools in the country, with academics and football as the primary criteria. His father recommended giving up on Maryland, but Baltz said, "Every school could have offered me and I still would have chosen Maryland." Eventually, Maryland did extend a scholarship offer to Baltz.[2]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in 2007, Baltz started in all 13 games and averaged 40.9 yards per punt. In Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) games, he averaged 43.1 yards per punt. Against FIU, he placed five punts inside their 20-yard line, the most be any Maryland punter since Brooks Barnard in 2001. During the course of the season, Baltz pinned 16 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He recorded a career-long 65-yard punt against Georgia Tech, which in the fourth quarter along with a 55-yard punt helped ensure a Maryland victory. He was named a The Sporting News freshman All-American, The Sporting News freshman All-ACC, and Rivals.com freshman All-ACC player.[1]

In 2008, Baltz punted 61 times for 2,506 yards, an average of 41.1 yards, with a long of 59 yards. He recorded seven touchbacks and 24 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He also served as the back-up kickoff specialist, and saw action usually in onside kick attempts. He executed five kickoffs for 243 yards, a 48.6 yard average, one touchback, and two out-of-bounds.[3] He received first-team All-ACC honors.[4] Baltz was named to the 2009 preseason All-ACC team.[5] He was also placed on the Ray Guy Award watch list.[6] NFL Draft Scout rates Baltz as number-six out of 34 punters assessed for the 2011 NFL Draft.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Tune Squad[edit]

Baltz was picked up off free agency by the coed basketball team Tune Squad, part of the Greenville Sports League. One of the taller players in the league, he has shown sub par dunking skills, as well as repeated instances of wearing women's jerseys. After initial complaints of sliding on the court, he now shows up early to mop and clean. There is direct correlation between this action and his season high point total of 6. Rebounding statistics will be reported after he reaches the minimum for statistical records. He has shown that his ability to shoot a basketball and at least hit the rim is far greater than that of Eric Killough.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Baltz was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft on July 26, 2011. He was waived during final roster cuts on September 3, 2011.

New York Jets[edit]

The New York Jets signed Baltz to a future/reserve contract on January 6, 2012.[8] He was waived on August 12.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Player Bio: Travis Baltz, University of Maryland, retrieved January 12, 2009.
  2. ^ Jeff Ermann, Baltz Commits to Maryland, Scout.com, 30 August 2006, retrieved 12 January 2009.
  3. ^ 2008 Cumulative Season Statistics, University of Maryland, retrieved 12 January 2009.
  4. ^ Maryland Football Places Nine on All-ACC Teams – Terps join Boston College for most all-league honorees, University of Maryland, December 1, 2008.
  5. ^ 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Football Team Announced, Atlantic Coast Conference, July 29, 2009.
  6. ^ Graham Watson, Three non-AQ punters on Ray Guy watch list, ESPN, August 5, 2009.
  7. ^ Travis Baltz - Maryland, P - 2011 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile, NFL Draft Scout, December 2, 2008, retrieved January 12, 2009.
  8. ^ Jets Media Relations Department (6 January 2012). "WR Adams, P Baltz Are Signed". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (12 August 2012). "Jets defense stops Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow in two-minute drill". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

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