Bobby Wenzig Interview
Punter / Alabama St. / Sr.
Updated - 12-19-13
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Bobby Wenzig: I am 6’2, 185 and my forty time is around a 4.6 or a 4.7.
Alex Khvatov: How did you get into football in the first place?
Bobby Wenzig: Up until 2002, I played soccer competitively. Soccer is not the most popular sport, so I chose to play football. I started playing Pop Warner football in the sixth grade. I played RB, WR and kicked extra points. I scored a lot of points back then. I was a WR and a kicker until my junior year. But my team didn’t want me to get hurt, so I only handled the kicking duties after that.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Bobby Wenzig: Originally I wanted to go to the University of Pennsylvania. I had the correct GPA and a good ACT score. But they changed their academic requirements. Arizona State showed interest, and I went there as a walk on.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose Arizona State?
Bobby Wenzig: I got accepted to the school. I received a partial academic scholarship. My uncle went there. I would have gone to Arizona State regardless of football because it was a good school.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to transfer to Alabama State?
Bobby Wenzig: As a true freshman, our starting kicker Thomas Weber got hurt. So I handled kickoffs and punts for a few games while he was out. I traveled with the team as a backup next season as well. But ASU gave the backup kicking scholarship away. The guy who was behind me had a scholarship, and I was still a walk-on. Incoming freshman punter Kevin Huber received a scholarship. Next season, they told me that I can start, but they still had no scholarship for me. They couldn’t support me financially. I decided to leave Arizona State and I went to a community college. I could have transferred anywhere, but I wanted to enroll at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I knew that school pretty well. I would have had to prove myself again at Cal Poly. The coach from Alabama State called me. He found my name on a list at a kicking camp that I attended. I took an official visit to Alabama State and I liked it.
Alex Khvatov: Did you experience culture shock when you moved to Alabama?
Bobby Wenzig: It is completely different from San Diego where I grew up. Arizona State was a half white and half black school. When I arrived at Alabama State, I was the only white guy on the team. People really care about football in the state of Alabama. They don’t have professional football or baseball. I picked the right state to go and play college football.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your career with the Hornets.
Bobby Wenzig: Our team did well. We had winning records during my time there. I definitely helped them to be more successful. We became a relevant team in the SWAC conference. We got a new football complex and stadium. We played our first game on campus in 40 years. I played well, but I always feel that there is room for improvement. I focused on punting and kicking. But I am also an athlete. I made 16 tackles over three years. I had a 45.6 yards average last year. We had a kicking coach at the school and that really helped me. It is helpful when they tell you exactly what to do. I have had a lot of opportunities with kickoffs, punts and field goals. Our head coach Reggie Barlow has been a great influence on me.
Alex Khvatov: You have received many accolades during your career, which one are you most proud of?
Bobby Wenzig: The coolest one is the Walter Payton achievement award that I received in the game between the MEAC versus the SWAC. We played against Bethune Cookman. I met Jarrett Payton at Disney World, and he presented it to me.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Bobby Wenzig: I am good at kicking at a point and hitting it. I have worked on directional kicking with Darren Bennett. He was an NFL punter. He called me the most economical punter. He helped me shorten the time to 1.8 seconds from snap to kick. I used to be at 2.2 seconds in college.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Bobby Wenzig: I would say kickoffs. I get plenty of height, but I need to work on distance. That is what the NFL guys go for. I need to be more decisive with range when I am punting. I need to decide whether it will be a drop punt or a spiral. It is kind of like golf. At Alabama State, we had to rotate new guys in for snapping and holding. They played other positions. At the FBS level, they usually have perfect snaps and holds. I didn’t have that luxury. If I work with one guy over the course of one or two years, I would vastly improve my stats.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Bobby Wenzig: Two years ago, we played against Texas Southern. That was a career day for me. I scored 19 points. I made five field goals, four extra points and I had a 48.0 punting average. We won by 20 points.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Bobby Wenzig: The Chargers.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Bobby Wenzig: It was Hines Ward before he retired. I like Phillip Rivers as well. He went to my church and he is a good guy.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your teammate RB Isaiah Crowell.
Bobby Wenzig: He is a really good guy. He is quiet off the field. He is all about football. He brings plenty of energy on the field. I had no problems with him. He needs more guidance, but he could become a really good NFL player.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Bobby Wenzig: I would say just the success that I have had. You can play anywhere. Once I got on the field, I had the opportunity to show what I can do. I also had the chance to win all of these awards.
Alex Khvatov: What does it feel like to be a small fish in a large pond?
Bobby Wenzig: I am ranked as the number one punter in the FCS. I talked to a few scouts from the Chargers, Bears and Bills when they came to our campus. They say that I am the best punter in the state of Alabama. I obviously play in a small conference, but I have gotten a few looks. We have had some televised games. My head coach Reggie Barlow played in the NFL and specialized as a punt returner. We are close, and he has helped me a great deal. He got inducted to the SWAC Hall of Fame. I am riding an uphill battle because I am from a small school. But I would compare myself to a punter from Appalachian State who was drafted in the fifth round last year. We have identical stats. I intend to play in the HBCU All-Star Game at the Georgia Dome. I will also attend the regional scouting combine.
Alex Khvatov: What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far?
Bobby Wenzig: Make your decision certain. I could have quit after I left Arizona State. But I went to Alabama State and I got a chance to chase my NFL dream.
Alex Khvatov: You have been named an Academic All-American, what do you plan to do with your life after football?
Bobby Wenzig: I want to focus on stocks and investments.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Bobby Wenzig: I like to play different games. I like golf. I like to stay active and compete.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Bobby Wenzig is….
Bobby Wenzig: I am independent. You have to be independent when you are a kicker or a punter on the team. I work hard. I always take responsibility and take the lead when we have a group project. I know how to get things done.
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