Kentucky football: These signees for 2021 can hopefully make immediate impact

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Punter Wilson Berry a kicker from Down Under

Before heading to bed on Tuesday with dreams of signees in their heads Kentucky coaches received the most needed signee of all.

That came from the Land Down Under in Australia where it was already Wednesday. Wilson Berry will follow in the footsteps of our beloved Max Duffy from Freemantle, Australia.

He also follows in older brother Jordan Berry’s footsteps after he kicked for Eastern Kentucky and now the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Berry spoke to his hometown newspaper about the opportunity to bring his talents to Kentucky.

"“I’ve spoken a lot with Max, he played with Freo so we spoke a lot about the (punting) pathway and he raves about Kentucky, so it made it an easy choice to go there. Their football program is really exciting, they’re in the best conference in America and they’re a team that’s really building.”"

Jordan loves the Bluegrass state and has recently bought a house in Lexington. He has been helping persuade his little brother to come to the US along with some encouragement from Duffy.

Duffy who won the Ray Guy Award as the best collegiate punter last year has been without a doubt our best offensive weapon when the offense continuously bogs down.

We have watched Duffy roll out 146 times in 33 games and boot the ball for a combined 6,378 yards and an average of 46.2 ypg.

The highlight had to have been the 75-yard bomb out of his endzone that he dropped on Auburn earlier this year..

Now the duties will fall on the 22-year old Berry to take over the kicking duties after playing for the Western Jets and Essendon. Things didn’t quite go the way he would have liked it draft wise so he’s ready to pursue new adventures just like Jordan and Duffy.

"“If you’re going to give it a good crack you might as well go for the top. At the moment I haven’t played an official game, so I’ll just take it one week at a time in footy terms.”"

He’ll need to get to Kroger Field and get a lay of the land but having tutors that can fill in the difference in the two games will be a benefit. Backup punter Collin Goodfellow also graduated along with Duffy.