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Blake Gillikin Summoned For ‘Random’ Drug Test After 81-Yard Punt

Former Penn State football star Blake Gillikin may be too good, folks.

The New Orleans Saints’ punter boomed an 81-yard punt in the team’s preseason game Friday night, which received plenty of attention on social media.

It clearly caught the attention of the NFL, too, as Gillikin was called in for “random” drug testing Sunday morning. Yes, his right leg is that strong.

Gillikin is entering his second season as the Saints’ starting punter after he won the job prior to the 2021 season. He impressed in his first year as the starter, averaging 47.7 yards per punt and pinning 29 punts inside the 20-yard line, which was the fourth-most in the league. He even earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors in October for his punting prowess.

Gillikin is one of two Nittany Lion punters in the NFL this season. The Ravens drafted Jordan Stout in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and he’ll take over as the team’s full-time punter. If you remember correctly, Stout and Gillikin once made up the famous “Flow Bros” tandem with the Nittany Lions.

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