COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican Football All-Decade announcement continues with a pair of All-Americans announced at the kicking specialist positions.
Three student-athletes were nominated for both the top place kicker and punter in the all-decade fan vote. All-American Brent Wahle (2012-15) was selected as the place kicker, and current senior, Logen Neidhardt (2017-present) was picked as the top punter. Both earned over 44 percent of the votes in their respective polls.
Wahle kicked for the Panthers for four seasons, two of which he helped lead the program to GLIAC South championships and national playoff appearances. During his junior season, ODU also enjoyed its longest postseason run in program history, advancing to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals.
Over his four-year career, Wahle was selected to a combine 20 preseason and postseason all-American awards. A consensus all-American his senior season in 2015, Wahle was chosen as an academic All-American as well. With 193 point-after and 67 field goals made, Wahle finished with a school record 394 points and four all-conference awards, including three first team awards. He was also named to the Fred Mitchell watch list twice and featured as a finalist in 2015, which is a national award given to the top place kicker from FCS, Division II, II, NAIA and NJCAA.
On eight separate occasions, Wahle made at least three field goals in a game, including a school-record four makes in four separate outings. Wahle has the top 10 longest field goals made at ODU, including five makes from 50-plus yards and a pair of attempts from 53 yards. The Pataskala, Ohio native also holds the school record for most point-after makes in a single game, 10.
Wahle's career field goal (79.8) and point-after (98.0) percentages top the program's record book. He is also the only player in school history to finish a season with a perfect season in point-after tries. Wahle successfully converted over 40 point-after attempts each year, including a school-record 57 tries in 2012. He is also the only player in school history with 10 made field goals in four seasons. Wahle has the top three marks for a single season, making 21 (2013), 19 (2014) and 17 (2015) field goals.
Neidhardt recently completed his third season with the Panthers and has twice been named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Specialist of the Year (2019, 2017). The Hicksville, Ohio has also been selected as a Don Hansen All-American the past two seasons (2018, 2019) and has a total of five all-region honors. Neidhardt has won six G-MAC Special Teams Player of the Week awards.
Through just three seasons, Neidhardt has climbed inside the top two in all career punting statistics in school history. His average attempt of 42.2 yards tops the record books, while attempts (135) and total yards (5,698) both rank second. In the final game of the 2019 season, the inaugural America's Crossroads Bowl, Neidhardt set the new school record for longest attempt, booming a punt 73 yards.
Forty-eight of Neidhardt's 135 career punts, 48 have pinned the opponent inside their own 20-yard line, and only six have gone for a touchback. To go along with his 73-yard attempt, Neidhart's best mark of 2018, 67 yards, is tied for third in school history.
In all three seasons, Neidhardt averaged over 40 yards per punt attempt, including a school-record mark of 43.05 in 2018. His average of 42.7 in 2019 is also top five in school history. Both averages ranked inside the top 10 nationally for the respective seasons as well.
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