Florida punter Kyle Christy benched; mired in midseason slump

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Preseason All-America punter Kyle Christy, a finalist for the Ray Guy Award last year as the nation's top punter, has lost his starting job at the University of Florida, UF coach Will Muschamp said Monday. Christy averaged better than 45 yards per punt last year, but this season is averaging just 39.6.

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"We need to make a change there," Muschamp said, according to orlandosentinel.com. "... It comes to a point where we've got to see some production, and right now we're just not getting it."

Christy's steep drop in production has been a mystery for the Gators this season, but a mystery Muschamp decided he could no longer afford to solve with Christy as the starter. Backup freshman Johnny Townsend will start this weekend against Missouri.

Christy, a junior, had at least one 50-yard punt in 10 games last year for the Gators, but has been inconsistent at best this season.

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