King shines in Texas vs the Nation all-star game
Feb. 2, 2013
Texas Longhorns senior punter Alex King, playing for the Texas squad, had a 42.8 per punt average at this year's Texas vs the Nation all-star game. The Nation won the game, 24-13. Senior tight end D.J. Grant also played in the all-star game held at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas.
The exhibition showcases top college seniors who played high school or college football in Texas against top players from around the nation hoping to be selected in the 2013 NFL draft.
King punted six times in the game with a long of 53 yards. King's hang time and placement allowed the Texas squad to limit the Nation to -17 total punt return yards.
King was also the holder for two successful Texas field goals of 34 and 20 yards. On the 34-yarder, King had to scoop up a bad snap and place the ball correctly for Abilene Christian's Morgan Lineberry.
King appeared in all 13 games this season for the Longhorns after transferring from Duke. In 2012, King averaged 45.3 yards per punt (fourth on the UT single-season list ) which would have ranked second in the Big 12 and ninth in the nation, but he did not have enough attempts to qualify (minimum 3.6 per game). He had 11 punts over 50 yards and 16 of his 43 (37.2 percent) have landed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. King helped UT rank tied for second in the nation with fewest touchbacks (1) and No. 4 in the FBS in net punting (40.8)
Grant was targeted twice in the game but recorded no statistics.