Riders sign first-round Global draft pick, NCAA’s top punter Adam Korsak

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Global punter Adam Korsak after selecting him with the third overall pick in the 2023 CFL Global Draft.   

The Australian took home the Ray Guy Award in 2022 as college football’s most outstanding punter and left school as the NCAA’s all-time leader in punting attempts (349) and yardage (15,318). He recently attended rookie minicamps with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers but did not sign a contract.

As a senior for Rutgers, Korsak was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News after his unit held opponents to minus 11 return yards on the season and allowed just one positive return over 75 attempts. The 25-year-old led the country with 32 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line and finished third with a 43.57-yard net average, earning an invitation to the prestigious Reese’s Senior Bowl.

A five-time All-Big Ten selection for the Scarlet Knights, Korsak played 58 games from 2018 to 2022, averaging 43.9 yards per punt. He pinned 145 punts inside the 20-yard line, booted 63 punts more 50+ yards, including a career-long of 79, and set the NCAA record in net punting in 2021 at 45.25 yards.