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Shane Lechler Named AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

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Between that and the Aggies ranking fourth in the first College Football Playoff standings, it’s a golden age for College Station denizens.

NFL: Preseason-New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans
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As a result of his performance in the Texans’ fifth win of the season, Shane Lechler has been recognized as the most outstanding special teams player in the entire conference.

From the linked article in the first tweet:

Lechler punted four times for 203 yards, averaging 50.8 gross yards per punt. Detroit’s average starting field position following his four punts was on their own 13-yard line. Lechler averaged 49.5 net yards per punt, which led the NFL in Week 8 (min. 4 punts).

He also pinned 3-of-4 punts inside the 20-yard line, which tied for the second-highest total in the league that week. Playing in his 262nd career game, Lechler tied Ray Brown for the 27th-most games played in NFL history.

Many Texans fans (myself included) thought Lechler had clearly lost some leg last year, so it’s refreshing to see that (1) we were horribly wrong as usual and/or (2) Lechler has returned to form. Houston’s special teams have been rather inconsistent through the first half of the season (and that’s putting it kindly), but Lechler has been steadily quite good. It’s nice to see the rest of the league noticed.