You Make the Call — Punter
Mark Mariscal (Getty)
Mark Mariscal (Getty)
BSN Editor
Posted Jul 20, 2005


Inside, BSN’s top five Colorado punters of all time. Follow the link at the bottom of the page to a poll where you can vote your No. 1 and/or make a case for a player left off the list.

The following are BSN’s top five Colorado punters of all-time, listed in alphabetical order. Follow the link at the bottom of the page to a poll where you can vote your No. 1 and/or make a case for a player left off the list.

Keith English
6-3, 215 pounds, Greeley (West), Colo.
1984-88
Took over for graduated Barry Helton as a senior in 1988 and led the nation in punting (45.04 average). Named all-Big Eight and All-America that season. His five punts for a 59 yard average vs. Oregon State on Sept. 28, 1988, led to English being named national Player of the Week. Excelled when he was backed up inside CU territory: English owned a 49.3 yard average on 24 punts when he kicked from inside his own 30-yard line. Briefly played for the Los Angeles Rams (68 career punts) after signing as a free agent.

Barry Helton
6-4, 200 pounds, Simla, Colo.
1984-87
Two-time consensus first-team All-American (1985-86), and three-time first-team all-conference, Helton is also a member of the Big Eight All-Decade team (1980-89). He owned top CU career average (44.92) when he graduated. The mark stood until 2002 (Mark Mariscal), and still ranks No. 2. Helton gained national attention in 1985 when, backed inside CU’s 20, he avoided oncoming blockers vs. Oklahoma State, moved to his left and booted the ball 51 yards with his left (off) foot. San Francisco picked Helton in the fourth round of the 1988 draft, and he played three seasons with the 49ers (winning two Super Bowl rings) and one with the Los Angeles Rams.

Zack Jordan
5-11, 180 pounds, Burbank (Calif.)
1950-52
Jordan, also a great halfback in CU’s single-wing offense, booted a 77- and 78-yarder in a 21-21 tie with Oklahoma in 1952 (and went on to score all three of CU’s touchdowns that day). The team’s annual Most Valuable Player Award is named in Jordan’s honor. In three seasons, Jordan averaged 44.62 yards, still fourth all-time. He also had 39 punts over 50 yards, and put 23 down inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. His 48.16 average in 1950 is second best ever for a single season at Colorado.

Mark Mariscal
6-2, 200 pounds, Tallahassee (Lincoln), Fla.
1999-2002
Mariscal spent his first two seasons primarily as a placekicker, then averaged 46.8 yards per punt his final two seasons as a punter, giving him the all-time career top average. His 48.21-yard average as a senior in 2002 is the best single-season mark at CU, and it helped earn Mariscal the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter. That year, Mariscal also owned the nation’s second-best net punting average (43.0), and was named first team all-conference and consensus first-team All-American. He hit a school-record 29 punts for over 50-plus yards in 2002. Mariscal signed as a free agent with New Orleans in 2002, but hasn’t stuck with any NFL team. He will be in the Philadelphia Eagles’ camp this summer.

Tom Rouen
6-3, 215, Littleton (Heritage), Colo.
1988-90
Rouen transferred to CU from Colorado State in 1988, took over the punting duties in 1989, and played a key role on the Buffs’ national championship team in 1990. Rouen led the nation in ’89 (45.68 overall, 43.8 net) and was named consensus first-team All-American, and first-team all-conference that season. Punted for a 40.8-yard average as a senior, and was honorable mention all-conference. Had a successful professional career, playing 10 seasons with the Denver Broncos (two Super Bowl rings), before bouncing around with Pittsburgh, the New York Giants and Seattle. He is currently with Carolina.

Honorable Mention
Mitch Berger, 1991-93
Boyd Dowler, 1956-58
Homer Jenkins, 1953-55
Byron White, 1935-37

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