AFI’s All-Europe Team: Punter – Jacob Templar, Leipzig Kings

When it comes to punting coaches around the world have noticed the trend of Aussie talent dominating on fourth downs.

Punting talent from down under has also made its way to the European League of Football as Australian Jacob Templar was far and away the league’s best punter.

The 6’4″, 215-pound Templar, a native of Brisbane, Australia, spent this past season with the Leipzig Kings punting 33 times for a 35.8-yard average. Templar’s accuracy and power were also complemented by touch as he placed 10 punts inside the 20. The former Australian Rules football player often showcased his athleticism making up for free rushers and poor snaps improvising to get off the kicks.

His ability to flip the field was part of the King’s second-half turnaround that almost had them sneak into the postseason. Templar also filled in at receiver catching 13 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown. Following the season, Templar was recognized as the league’s top punter earning a spot on the ELF All-Star team.

The Aussie has been punting in Germany for some time now starting his international career off with the Dresden Monarchs before earning GFL All-Star honors for the Hildesheim Invaders in 2019. Prior to coming to Germany, Templar was a standout receiver with the Bayside Ravens scoring 20 touchdowns and having over 2,000 yards in two seasons for his Brisbane-based squad. Outside of football, Templar is an avid YouTuber documenting cultural and football experiences abroad.

Read more about Templar’s football Journey here

Learn more about how Australian punters are the country’s hottest football export

Watch Templar in the ELF- All-Star game

Alex is a former NCAA and semi-pro American football player who is now located in London, where he works in digital marketing. His goal in writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and