The offseason of change continues for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As reported earlier today by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Punter Dan Sepulveda will not be returning to the team for 2012 – ending an injury plagued five year run for the Steelers 2007 fourth-round draft pick. Sepulveda remains an unrestricted free agent.
The selection of Sepulveda in the 2007 Draft has always been a source of controversy for the Steelers. A two-time winner of the the Ray Guy award as the top punter in college football while with Baylor, Sepulveda was considered one of the most talented punters to enter the NFL over the past decade. After taking over for departed starter Chris Gardocki in 2007, Sepulveda enjoyed a fine rookie season for the team. A torn ACL ended his sophomore season before it started, the same injury that would send him to IR twelve games into the 2010 season. In November of last season, he sustained an injury to his meniscus – forcing the team to place him on IR for the third time in his career and essentially ending his time with the franchise.
Jeremy Kapinos is currently the only punter on the Steelers roster, and the former Penn State Nittany Lion would appear to be the favorite to begin Training Camp as the Steelers starter.
Sepulveda averaged 43.7 yards per punt in his Steelers career on his 221 career attempts.