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Michigan officially announces addition of graduate transfer Australian punter Blake O'Neill

Michigan has made the addition of graduate transfer punter Blake O'Neill official on Friday.

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ANN ARBOR -- Michigan's special teams has received much-needed depth in the form of an Australian graduate transfer.

Michigan officially announced on Friday that graduate transfer punter, Blake O'Neill, will play for the Wolverines in 2015. According to the NCAA graduate transfer rules, he will be available to play immediately.

"We are looking forward to having a player of Blake's level of maturity, background and skill set -- growing up playing Australian rules football -- in our program," Michigan's special teams coordinator John Baxter said in a statement. "Australian players have made a big impact on college football in the kicking game, like last year's Ray Guy Award winner, Tom Hackett from Utah. We are looking forward to the impact that Blake will have on our team and within our conference."

Last season with Weber State, O'Neill finished ninth in the FCS in punting during the 2014 season. He had 62 punts for 2.737 yards, averaged 44.1-yards per punt and had a longest punt for 74-yards.