Guth signs to punt at Franklin

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Heritage Hills senior Adam Guth signs his letter of intent on Monday to punt at Franklin College. Looking on are mother Sara (left) and father Mike (right).


LINCOLN CITY — Every family has its traditions. For the Guth family, playing a sport at the collegiate level has become an example of that, and on Monday, Adam Guth continued that tradition by signing his letter of intent to punt at Franklin College.

Adam going to play football is a different direction from his father, Mike, who also went to Franklin, but played basketball there. His grandfather, Roger, was also a hoopster beyond high school, as he played for the University of Evansville, but Adam signing with the Grizzlies on Monday will make him a third generation collegiate athlete.

“Sports just runs in the Guth family, and it is incredible for me to be able to carry on that tradition and be a college athlete like they were,” Adam said.

Adam knew that he had big shoes to fill as the punter for the Patriots after Cade Jones graduated in 2019. Jones’ performance as a punter earned him a trip to the North/South All-Star Game that year. Adam spent a lot of time at practice working on his game during the summer of 2019, and he also went to kicking camps in Indianapolis to learn some techniques.

As a result, the honors have followed for him as well.

His punting in 2019 made him an All-Pocket Athletic Conference selection his junior year, and made it back onto the All-PAC Team in 2020 for the Large School Division. He also made it onto the All-Southwestern Indiana Football squad both years, and was a preseason Class 3A All-State selection for 2020 by Indiana Football Digest.

“Averaging over 40 yards in 2019 was a big deal with the defense we had,” Pats coach Todd Wilkerson said. “It made a big deal in the game to have that field position.”

Adam helped the Pats make it to the Class 3A state championship game as a junior, where they finished as the state runner-up, and Wilkerson shared with the audience at his signing on Monday one of his greatest memories of him. He told the crowd that when the team was practicing at Lucas Oil Stadium that it seemed like Adam was punting footballs with helium in them.

It was what Wilkerson saw during that time that he felt Adam could do this at the next level.

“I knew he was a good high school punter, but he was just off the charts up there when we were warming up,” he said.

“Watching games in a stadium like that, and then actually being in the stadium, working on your own game, I guess it just gave me those couple extra yards and a couple extra seconds of hangtime that I really was crushing the ball that day,” Adam said.

He always dreamed of being a college athlete, but when he started excelling as a punter, and the accolades started flowing in, that was when he realized it could actually happen. Though he also looked at other programs, Franklin was the first place he visited, and now, he will be going to punt for the Grizzlies while being a history major.

“(Coach Alan) Hensell (is) a really great guy,” Adam said. “It really felt like he needed me there at Franklin to be their punter. The environment they had up there just really seemed like the right fit for me.”

Adam is currently winding down his senior year as a member of the Heritage Hills boys golf team, but he’s also making sure to go hard at it in the weight room. He’ll go to the football field after golf and make sure to get some punts in as practice. Adam is hoping to put on weight this summer, but also work on his drops and his timing — because everything is faster at the college level.

“I hope to offer them the absolute best that I can,” he said. “Field position is a huge thing in football. Flipping the field could be the difference between a win and a loss. I just hope I can go up there, do whatever they ask me and do it to the best of my ability.”

“He’s going to work very hard,” Wilkerson said. “In basketball this last year, he was a great energy guy for the basketball team. He’s going to give great effort, he’s going to work at his craft — he’s going to be a great student.”

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