Former ASU punter Michael Turk transfers to Oklahoma Sooners

Aug 13, 2021, 10:02 AM | Updated: 11:14 am

Arizona State Sun Devils punter Michael Turk (35) punts the ball during the college football game b...

Arizona State Sun Devils punter Michael Turk entered the transfer portal less than a month before the football team’s season begins and in an Instagram post announced his commitment to the Oklahoma Sooners.

Turk, who is a graduate transfer with a year of eligibility remaining, returned to the ASU program in June despite declaring for the NFL Draft, participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, signing with an agent and going undrafted.

That’s because Turk was granted a waiver from the NCAA, largely on the basis that COVID-19 affected his chances of being drafted due to his inability to be a part of pro days, team workouts and in-person interviews.

The Sun Devils have two other punters listed on the roster: Florida State transfer Logan Tyler and freshman Adam Babb.

Turk, who will now be a junior, averaged 46.0 yards per punt on 59 punts last season. That ranked 11th in the FBS and led the Pac-12.

Turk was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team following last season.

He also finished as a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, an annual award given to college football’s best punter. He was on award’s preseason watch list for this year.

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