Aceves returns to action

By Barbara Boxleitner
jdanddoc@gmail.com
Posted 10/29/19

Mauricio Aceves returned to splitting punt duties for the East Texas Baptist University football team after missing time with an injury.

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Mauricio Aceves returned to splitting punt duties for the East Texas Baptist University football team after missing time with an injury.

Mauricio Aceves has recovered from an injury to share the punting duties for the East Texas Baptist University football team.

The Madisonville High School graduate said he broke his fibula and tore the ligaments and tendons in the ankle of his kicking foot while playing soccer during March. The freshman said he underwent a procedure to restitch the ligaments and tendons and place a metal bar in the fibula.

Aceves said he was unable to participate in football activities for about four months. He wore a cast and walked with crutches for two months. He then wore a walking boot and ankle brace before being medically cleared in late July.

The left-footed kicker said he handles punts when the ball is at the left hash mark on the field, while the right-footed kicker handles the balls on the right mark. Aceves averaged 38.89 yards on nine punts through six games and landed two punts inside the 20-yard line.

He has changed his technique since starting college. "They want me to take two steps to the left or two steps to the right to get the ball to the angle," said Aceves, who took one step before. "It's supposed to help on the hang time and the direction of the ball."

His hang time has been between four and six seconds, he said.

The biggest challenge has been adjusting his tempo because he said, “They have (opponents) been getting really close (to blocking the punt). I take a little bit too long to kick."

"The coaches want me to punt it fast," he said.

He is the backup on kickoffs, though he does not have any attempts.

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Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.

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