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2019 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Brady Hale, Punter, South Dakota State

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time, Brady. Can please tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Brady Hale: I grew up in Yankton, SD about 2 hours south on the interstate from Brookings. My parents Rob and Lesley still live in Yankton, while my younger sister Lindsey attends the University of South Dakota and runs track. I love to do anything outdoors with my family and friends, whether that’s hunting and fishing or just messing around outside.

Justin David Kish: You played college football at South Dakota State University. Tell us about your time at South Dakota State?

Brady Hale: My time has been great here at SDSU. I have been blessed with an awesome coaching staff and even better teammates. Brookings truly is a special place and coach stig does a great job of making everyone feel at home.

Justin David Kish: During your time at South Dakota State you were coached by head coach John Stiegelmeier and special teams coordinators Jimmy Rogers and Luke Schleusner. What did you learn under the SDSU coaching staff and how have they improved you as a player?

Brady Hale: I have learned a ton from all 3 of those coaches. I have great confidence in my ability to kick/punt the football so they are always pushing more and more confidence on me to keep pushing and improving. Special teams is 80% mental and all of my coaches have helped me tremendously with being mentally prepared to play my best.

Justin David Kish: South Dakota State plays in the Missouri Valley Conference of the FCS and you played against tough teams like South Dakota, North Dakota State, and Northern Iowa. When you look back on your career what is one game that really took you to your limits?

Brady Hale: There have been some crazy games against all of those schools. The most challenging game was probably against South Dakota at home during my sophomore season. It was the last game of the regular season and the weather was not good. I ended up having one of my better games of the season and it was a challenge to keep competing at a high level and stay focused throughout a tough weather game like that. It helped that we ended up winning!

Justin David Kish: During your time with South Dakota State you created so many great memories with your teammates. What is one memory that stands out from the rest?

Brady Hale: A memory that I will take with me forever actually happened recently. We had a selection show banquet up in the club section of our stadium. After the show, I hopped in the elevator with some offensive lineman and the elevator ended up getting stuck. We were in there for about an hour or so but it was a hilarious situation and I’ll never forget it.

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a South Dakota State Jackrabbit?

Brady Hale: Being a Jackrabbit means that you always make the correct decision. Whether it is on or off the field. 

 

Justin David Kish: You are now on your road to professional football. What are of your measurables? 

Brady Hale: I am 6’3”, 215 lbs. I have started at SDSU for 4 years. I believe my 40 is around a 4.9-5.0. My punting average is 42.5 yards on 43 attempts this season with 20 inside the 20, 16 fair catches. The stat that I’m most proud of is my NET punt is at 40 yards. NET punt is the stat that matters most to me as it helps the team out tremendously with field position. I have also kicked off 7 times this season with 3 of them going for touchbacks.

Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your teammates at South Dakota State? 

Brady Hale: I have a great relationship with my teammates at SDSU. I love coming into the facility every day and interacting with them. The crew that I love the most is my specialist gang as we spend almost every minute of practice together.

Justin David Kish: Outside of football, what does a normal day off look like for you?

Brady Hale: A normal off day for me usually consists of some type of hunting or fishing depending on the season and weather. I grew up next to the river in Yankton so my Dad and I always spend time together being outdoors.

Justin David Kish: How are you currently preparing yourself for the upcoming NFL Draft and other pro opportunities and who are you working with? 

Brady Hale: I have spent some time working with Jamie Kohl of Kohls kicking this last offseason. He is the premier guy for special teams and he has helped me hone my craft coming into my senior season. I will continue to work with him after my season is over, but right now I am very focused on helping the Jackrabbits win a National Championship.

Justin David Kish: What do you consider your biggest strength and what is one area of your game you are always improving on? 

Brady Hale: My biggest strength is my hang time and consistency on my punts. I will take a 45 yard punt that is fair caught every time. I try and make the coverage teams job as easy as it can be. I have worked extremely hard to get my hangtimes and directional punting to where it is today. The area that I am constantly working on is consistency and ball to foot contact. There can always be improvements there.

Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the line. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current professional football kicker who would it be and why? 

Brady Hale: Great question. I would compare myself to the punter for the 49ers, Bradley Pinion. We have similar body types and he has a powerful punting leg as well as an NFL kickoff leg. He is a guy that I watch and try to copy as much as possible.

Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Brady Hale?  

Brady Hale: I am a guy who has experienced 4 years of college football in some of the hardest weather conditions here in South Dakota and I have had success punting the football. I have the ability to punt, kickoff, and hold. Most importantly, I pride myself in being a team-first guy. At SDSU we always preach to make the correct decision and I have bought into that. I work extremely hard at my craft and love supporting my teammates!

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