The trend of punters coming from Australia is permeating to all levels and corners of college football. Since rugby and Australians rules football both involve kicking a ball shaped like a football in the same manner as a punt in American football it makes sense.
Michigan State finally got in on the trend, adding Aussie Jack Bouwmeester to the squad.
Committed to MICHIGAN STATE! Major thanks to both Nathan Chapman and @JohnnyPKA from @ProkickAus for getting me to this point, and @DantonioMark and @Shaynegraham17 for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime, Can’t wait to get to work #V4MSU #GoGreen ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/5mTD8BBBUO— Jack Bouwmeester (@jackxbouwie) October 29, 2018
At a press conference, when asked about his new punter, Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio gave us a quote that completely boggles the mind.
Huh? In what way is it like getting a mail order bride, Dantonio? Because Bouwmeester is from another country?
Dantonio, perhaps reading the room that was completely confused, took some time to praise his new import, calling him "too good to pass up".
Dantonio on P Jack Bouwmeester from Australia: "Has a unique skill set. ... Too good to pass up." He'll enroll early— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) December 19, 2018
Bouwmeester himself is a cool, unique story that shouldn't be overshadowed by a weird quote about mail order brides. After picking up American football within the calendar year, he's now on a Division I squad.
Jack Bouwmeester was uncertain what to do with his life. Now less than a year after picking up an American football for the first time, the Australian punter will sign with Michigan State.https://t.co/jwylv0ZFbf— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) December 14, 2018
Dantonio isn't a vocal coach known for show-stopping press conference. But every now and again, even he can deliver some weird, headline-stealing quotes.