Name: Joseph A Zema
School: University of the Incarnate Word
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
Well this was actually my first ever American football season, as I’ve been playing Australian rules football all my life. So my goals at the start of the season were to finish the season better I started, be as much help to the team as I could, and help flip the field.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Fluent, high, accurate.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
By working on technique, having a focus every time I go out to punt, and learning something every time I punt.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
I focus on my ball drop, height, and angle, as well as steps and balance on follow through.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
I’d say my clean ball to foot contact, leg strength and balance, as well as the fact that I have only played one season of American football.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
On the field, I’d say my strengths are having multiple types of kicks when punting the football to help pin the other team deep. Which will add valuable versatility to any special teams unit, as well as being able to punt the spiral very well in the traditional sense for distance and hang time. My off field strength would be my desire to constantly learn and improve and set an example for my teammates.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
My final pitch is that I have only been playing and punting for one year, I have a very high ceiling on my potential as an NFL punter.