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Sport49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky may have delivered the hit of the preseason

06:41  20 august  2019
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The 49 ers got unconventional with their Round 4 selection. They traded back from No. 104 to No. 110, and selected Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky . It was an interesting choice, but it fills a need for San Francisco. Positional value is a concern though, and that’s the biggest reason the Wishnowsky

49 ers rookie punter Mitch Wishnowsky will have an unusually bright spotlight on him after being taken in the fourth round of this year’s draft. A slew of other needs were on the table for San Francisco, yet they selected the 27-year-old out of Utah to fill their opening at punter . Taking a punter wasn’t a bad

If punting doesn’t work out for Mitch Wishnowsky, maybe he can find a career as a linebacker.

49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky may have delivered the hit of the preseason© Provided by Oath Inc. A rising star as a special teamer, Mitch Wishnowsky showed the Denver Broncos he's more than capable of delivering a big hit. (Getty)

The San Francisco 49ers rookie is getting his first taste of NFL action this preseason and took full advantage of a chance to make an impression on “Monday Night Football.”

While handling kickoff duty in the third quarter, Wishnowsky sent a ball into the end zone that Broncos kick returner Devontae Jackson decided to return.

This was a bad decision.

Jackson dodged the first 49ers tackler to carry the ball past the 20-yard line. He would not evade the second San Francisco tackle attempt.

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# 49 ers Trent Taylor says punter Mitch Wishnowsky “ has been filthy with it.” There was quite a bit of skepticism from 49 ers fans when the organization drafted Wishnowsky in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. In his preseason debut, the rookie might have won over a few more fans.

Mitch Wishnowsky (born March 3, 1992) is an Australian-born American football punter for the San Francisco 49 ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft after a college career with the University of Utah

Wishnowsky made a beeline down the middle of the field after kicking off to find Jackson head-on at the 23-yard line, where he promptly put an end to the kick return.

Wishnowsky squared up, lowered his shoulders and delivered a textbook tackle that sent Jackson flying backward and on the turf in what must have been a throwback to his days playing Aussie rules growing up in Western Australia.

A chronic shoulder issue forced Wishnowsky to give up the sport at 18, but he took advantage of the opportunity to transfer his skills as a specialist for the American version of the sport, where he thrived as a punter at Utah, earning All-America honors and winning the Ray Guy award as the country’s top punter.

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SANTA CLARA — The 49 ers just drafted Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky with the eighth pick in Round 4. Let’s break down the positives and negatives of this pick. He’ll change the position of the field for the 49 ers . Tremendous punting talent in mold of Michael Dickson. I love this pick in Round 4.

49 ers coach Kyle Shanahan kept his opinions of the rookie punter reserved, but was still quite complementary. “It looks like it’s going pretty high SANTA CLARA — Saturday wasn't the first time rookie punter Mitch Wishnowsky kicked in Levi's Stadium, but prior to the preseason opener he

His success paid off when the 49ers made him a fourth-round pick in April’s draft. All indictions point to Wishnowsky becoming a special teams star in San Francisco.

He’s already earning accolades for his hang time at practice.

49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor, who was working with the punt return team during summer drills, told the San Francisco Examiner that Wishnowsky was filthy.

“He has some serious hang time,” Taylor said. “I feel like I’m sitting there waiting for it to come down for way too long. Then once you’re there for too long you start overthinking it. That’s what makes him good.”

Special teams coach Richard Hightower told the Examiner his arsenal of punts have the potential to flummox opposing returners.

“He has balls that he can kick that fall different ways that can give a returner the illusion that it’s going one way and that it will go a different way,” Hightower said.

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When the San Francisco 49 ers made punter Mitch Wishnowsky their fourth-round selection in April's draft, the Niners Faithful shared a collective Special teams are technically one-third of the game but are often the forgotten portion of the roster and game plan. Ask the Chicago Bears how vital the unit is.

Punter Mitch Wishnowsky discussed how he was discovered in Australia for his football potential and recapped his pre -draft meetings with Richard Hightower

As he demonstrated on Monday, Wishnowsky is a more-than capable kickoff specialist, and he’ll be holding field goals for kicker Robbie Gould.

But it’s his punting that will pay the bills and potentially make him a Pro Bowler.

In the meantime, laying out opposing returners will raise his profile and certainly earn the respect of his teammates.

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