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Source: Patriots will work out UConn punter Cullen

04.06.10 at 12:05 pm ET
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The Patriots are going to hold a private workout with Connecticut punter Desi Cullen Wednesday in Hartford, according to a league source.

Cullen, a 23-year-old out of Louisville, averaged 42.8 yards per punt this past season (good 28th in the country). A 6-foot, 201-pounder, he’€™s best described as a combo guy who can punt (he was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award), handle kickoff duties for the Huskies, as well as hold for field goals and kick some long field goals. (Here’€™s a quick look at some of his collegiate highlights.)

Cullen gained a measure of notoriety last season after he gave an emotional speech in the wake of the death of teammate Jasper Howard. (He led a prayer service the next evening at a candlelight memorial.) A popular player at UConn who gave himself the self-deprecating nickname ‘€œThe Kentucky Hammer,’€ the Huskies coaching staff clearly thinks the world of Cullen ‘€” he was the first specialist named a team captain in UConn coach Randy Edsall’s 11-year tenure.

‘€œBoth my sons draw pictures of Desi at school ‘€” and not dad ‘€” so my family has really embraced him,’€ Connecticut’€™s special teams coordinator Lyndon Johnson told reporters last season. ‘€œHe’€™s not just a player anymore for me. He is part of my family and he always will be.’€

According to several draft experts, there are few punters worthy of draft consideration, but Cullen likely part of a group that includes Michigan’€™s Zoltan Mesko and East Carolina’€™s Matt Dodge, along with Fresno State’€™s Robert Malone and Virginia Tech’€™s Brent Bowden. (The Patriots have already contacted Mesko about a workout, according to scout.com.)

Cullen also has private workouts scheduled with the 49ers and Eagles this week.

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