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Ben Niesner

#33-S Ben Niesner

Pos. K/P
Ht. 6-0
Wt. 200
Yr. R-Sr.
Hometown Black Diamond, Wash.
High School (Prev. School) Tahoma (Portland State)

Spring 2021 PFL co-Special Teams Player of the Year
Spring 2021 All-PFL First Team
Spring 2021 FCS National Punter of the Year Semifinalist 
Spring 2021 Academic All-PFL First Team
Spring 2021 2x PFL Special Teams Player of the Week (March 21, April 4)
STATS FCS Perform National Player of the Week Honorable Mention (April 5, 2021)
Spring 2021 Team Special Teams Player of the Year
2019 All-PFL Honorable Mention 

Spring 2021: Appeared in all six games as the team’s starting punter… Finished with a season punting average of 43.6 yards per punt, tying Greg Wood’s 2010 program and PFL record for single-season punting average… When taken to the next decimal point, Wood’s mark of 43.63 is slightly ahead of Niesner’s 43.58… Was named the co-PFL Special Teams Player of the Year, the program’s first since the honor was created in 2015… One of 10 semifinalists for FCS National Punter of the Year… Earned All-PFL First Team, Academic All-PFL First Team and Team Special Teams Player of the Year… Led the PFL in punting average and ranked eighth nationally in punting average in Division-I FCS… Booted 31 punts totaling 1,351 yards including seven punts of 50+ yards and nine that were pinned inside the 20… Averaged 40 or more yards per punt in each of the final five games of the season… Named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week and team Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 45.0 yards per punt on eight punts including a long of 54 in the March 20 game vs. Drake… Named co-PFL Special Teams Player of the Week on April 4 after averaging 47.8 yards per punt over six punts including a long of 58 in the Week 4 win at Drake, also earning team Special Teams Player of the Week recognition… His 360 yards punted on March 20 vs. Drake were the most by any PFL player in a game all season… Averaged 44.4 yards per punt over five punts, pinning a pair inside the 20 and booting a long of 56 on April 10 at Morehead State… Had a career-long 72 yarder and averaged 42.7 yards per punt in the April 17 season finale vs. San Diego. That marked only the fifth punt of 72 yards or more in FCS this season, tied for the fourth-longest punt in the nation… Named to the PFL Academic Honor Roll… Received Valparaiso University Presidential Academic Honors…. Earned National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society membership.

2019: Received All-PFL Honorable Mention recognition... Averaged 39.4 yards per punt over 65 punts, the best mark by a Valpo punter with at least 20 attempts since Greg Wood’s 40.9 yard average in 2012… Ranked fifth in the league in yards per punt… Knocked 12 punts inside the 20 and had six punts of 50 yards or longer… Booted a 56-yard punt in his home debut on Sept. 14 vs. Central Connecticut, the longest Valpo punt since the second game of the 2016 season, when Alex Ng struck a 59 yarder at Sacred Heart… Had 10 punts for 404 yards on Sept. 21 at Truman State, becoming the 17th punter in the FCS nation with a 10-punt game in 2019 and the first Valpo player to hit double figures in single-game punts since 2013… Ran for 10 yards and a first down on a fake punt play on Oct. 5 at Drake. Booted a pair of punts for 50+ yards in that game against the Bulldogs… Had two punts of greater than 50 yards on Oct. 19 at San Diego… Averaged 40.7 yards per punt on six punts, including a punt of 48 yards and two downed inside the 20 on Nov. 9 vs. Morehead State… Member of PFL Honor Roll.

Portland State (2017-2018): Earned the starting role at punter… Averaged 38.5 yards per punt while booting rugby-style kicks… Big Sky All-Academic Team performer… Member of the Dean’s List.

High School: Competed in two years of varsity basketball… Was the National Honor Society Vice President and graduated with honors… Did not play high school football and didn’t start punting until after his senior year of high school, when he began teaching himself how to punt.

Personal: Majoring in exercise science… Birthday is Feb. 18… Son of Kenneth and Corrin Niesner… Has one brother, Austin… Hobbies/interests include video games and working out… Started school at Oregon State in 2016-17 until transferring to Portland State, where he beat out a scholarship punter and became the starter for the final game of 2017 and all of 2018… Before his first year at Portland State in 2017, hadn’t played football in his life except a brief stint of youth football.