The former walk-on has developed into one of the nation's top punters ... leads the nation in net punting at 42.47 yards per punt ... semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award and Burlsworth Trophy ... first team All-SEC by the Associated Press and second team by the league coaches ... Ray Guy Award National Player of the Week following the Mississippi State game ... averaging a SEC-best 47.5 yards on 35 punts (1,662 yards) ... is even better in SEC play at 48.8 yards per kick ... has kicked 14 punts of over 50 yards and four over 60, with a long of 63 ... had forced seven fair catches and pinned opponents inside the 20 on 14 occasions ... eight of those punts have been downed inside the 10-yard line, a rate of 22.9 percent, which is among the top 10 nationally ... has forced seven touchbacks and allowed only 11 punt returns all season for 52 yards, a 4.7 yards-per-return average ... due to Alabama's offensive efficiency, averaging only 2.92 punts per game, which does not meet the required 3.6 to qualify for national rankings ... second in the SEC and would be tied for second nationally if he had enough punts ... a four-time Special Teams Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff (Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Mississippi State).
Once again has handled the punting duties and has turned in a strong season ... has punted 46 times for 2,017 yards, holding a 43.8 average ... has not punted enough to be listed among the SEC leaders but would rank fifth on that list ... has dropped 17 punts inside the 20-yard line ... owns 12 kicks of 50-plus yards during the 13-game season with a long of 61 ... also has forced 13 fair catches and allowed only 15 returns for an average of 7.7 yards/return (115 yards; long return of 14) ... Alabama ranks 24th nationally in net punting at 39.17 yards per kick. Michigan: Named one of the specialists of the week by the Alabama coaching staff, after averaging 47 yards on four kicks in the win against the Wolverines ... drilled a long punt of 59 yards to total two over 50 while placing two inside the 20. Western Kentucky: Totaled five punts for 224 yards, averaging 44.8 per kick ... had a long of 48 and placed two inside the 20 ... also rushed the ball for 18 yards, converting a first down on a broken play. Arkansas: Punted only twice for 70 yards. Florida Atlantic: Punted only once but placed it inside the 20 on a 29-yard kick. Mississippi: Kicked three punts for 123 yards (41 per kick) ... registered one fair catch.Missouri: Punted four times for 152 yards ... nailed one punt over 50 yards (53) and had two inside the 20-yard line. Tennessee: Had two punts twice for 88 yards, including a long of 49. Mississippi State: Was named one of the specialists of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... punted five times for 211 yards (average of 42.2) ... nailed a career-long 61-yard punt and drilled three inside the 20. LSU: Named one of the specialists of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... punted a season-high seven times for 316 yards, holding a 45.1 average against the Tigers ... had two punts over 50 yards and another two placed inside the 20. Texas A&M: Named one of the specialists of the week by the coaching staff ... averaged a career-best 56.5 per punt on four punts ... nailed four punts over 50 yards, including two that went for 60 yards. Western Carolina: Punted twice for an average of 42.0 yards ... dropped one punt inside the 20-yard line ... his long punt was 46 yards. Auburn: Averaged 48.5 yards on two punts against Auburn (long of 50) ... pinned one punt inside the 20 and forced one fair catch. Georgia: Punted five times for an average 41.8 yards (long of 48) ... left three inside the 20, forced three fair catches and had one touchback (only one punt was returned).
Mandell handled the punting duties in 2011 for Alabama ... Mandell punted 39 times for 1,534 yards with an average of 39.3 yards per punt ... recorded 11 punts inside the 20 and forced 17 fair catches. Kent State: Punted three times for 127 yards for an average of 42.3 ... tallied a long of 47 yards and nailed one inside the 20. Penn State: Recorded six punts for 223 yards for an average of 37.2 ... tallied a long punt of 44 yards. North Texas: Punted only once for 35 yards. Arkansas: Punted six times for 225 yards for an average of 37.5 ... tallied a long off 44 yards. Florida: Punted five times for 199 yards, averaging 39.8 per kick ... drilled all five punts inside the 20.Vanderbilt: Punted three times for 118 yards for an average of 39.3 per kick ... booted one punt over 50 yards. Mississippi: Punted once for 44 yards on the road against the Rebels. Tennessee: Punted twice for 81 yards for an average of 40.5. LSU: Placed both punts inside the 20 against the Tigers ... averaged 39.5 yards per kick. Mississippi State: Punted four times for an average of 37.2 yards per kick ... placed one punt inside the 20. Auburn: Was named one of the Specialists of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... punted three times for an average of 40.3 yards per punt ... nailed one punt inside the 20. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Produced his best game of the season with a 44.3 yards per kick average on three punts ... equaled his season long with a 52-yard boot ... allowed only one punt return for one yard.
Mandell earned the punting duties for the Crimson Tide as a walk-on true freshman ... garnered Freshman All-SEC honors from the league's coaches ... started all 13 games and punted 41 times for 1,607 yards, averaging 39.2 yards per punt ... recorded nine punts of over 50 yards and had 13 downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. San Jose State: Recorded three punts for 122 yards for an average of 40.7 yards ... registered a long of 52 yards. Penn State: Punted three times for 111 yards for an average of 37 ... nailed one punt inside the 20-yard line. Duke: Punted twice for 81 yards for an average of 40.5 ... tallied a long of 47 yards. Arkansas: Punted three times for 137 yards for an average of 45.7 yards ... tallied one punt of 59 yards and kept the Razorbacks inside the 20 on two occasions. Florida: Punted four times for 161 yards ... averaged 40.2 yards per punt with a long of 53 yards.South Carolina: Punted twice for 68 yards ... averaged 34 yards per punt with a long of 53. Mississippi: Punted five times for 191 yards and a total of 38.2 yards per kick ... drilled two punts over 50 yards and placed four attempts inside the 20. Tennessee: Punted twice for 94 yards, averaging 47 yards per punt with a long of 51. LSU: Punted a career-high six times for 246 yards, averaging 41 yards per punt ... drilled one punt over 50 yards and nailed two inside the 20. Mississippi State: Punted four times for 153 yards, averaging 38.2 yards per punt. Georgia State: Only had to punt one time, getting off a kick of 29 yards, placing it inside the 20. Auburn: Punted four times for an average of 39.2 yards ... drilled one punt inside the 20 and had a long kick of 47 yards. Michigan State: Wasn't needed until the second half as the Crimson Tide scored on each first half possession ... punted twice for 79 yards for a 39.5-yard average.
He was a recruited walk-on for the Crimson Tide ... Scout.com ranked him as the country's fifth-best punter in the 2010 recruiting class ... was the nation's No. 22 punter by ESPNU ... averaged 45.5 yards per kick as a senior in 2009 for Acadiana High School and produced touchbacks on 77 percent of his kickoffs ... averaged 43.0 yards per kick as a junior in 2008 with a long of 56 yards ... also served as the placekicker in 2007 and 2008, connecting on 72-of-76 extra points and 1-of-4 field goals ... coached by Ted Davidson ... chose Alabama over LSU and Tulane.