Daniel Whelan



Experience: 1 year

Height: 6-5

Age: 24

Weight: 216 lbs

College: UC Davis


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Signed by the Packers as a free agent on May 17, 2023…Played for the D.C. Defenders in 2023, earning All-XFL honors after ranking No. 3 in the league in both punting average (45.6) and punts inside the 20 (11)…Appeared in all 10 regular-season games for the Defenders, punting 29 times for 1,322 yards (45.6 avg.) with just two touchbacks and a long of 66 yards…Also appeared in two playoff contests, punting four times for 215 yards (53.8 avg.) with two punts inside the 20 and a long of 64 yards…Entered the NFL with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2022…Was released by the Saints on July 26, 2022…Played in 47 games in five seasons (2017-21) at UC-Davis, finishing his career ranked No. 1 in school history in punting average (44.0) and punts inside the 20 (86)…Punted 206 times in his career for 9,067 yards (44.0 avg.), including 63 punts of 50-plus yards…Also kicked off 103 times in his career with 54 touchbacks (52.4 pct.)…Appeared in all 12 games in his fifth season in 2021, posting a school-record 46.3-yard average on 55 punts with 20 punts placed inside the 20…Earned second-team All-America honors from Stats Perform and HERO Sports and second-team All-Big Sky Conference recognition…Registered a career-high 21 punts of 50-plus yards on the season…Also recorded a career-best 37 touchbacks on 68 kickoffs (61.9 pct.)…Posted a career-high eight touchbacks on nine kickoffs at San Diego (Sept. 11)…Registered a 51.8-yard average on four punts at Idaho State (Oct. 9), with all four going for 50-plus yards…Averaged 55.3 yards on three punts at Northern Arizona (Nov. 6) and matched his career high with eight touchbacks on nine kickoffs…Appeared in all five games in the 2020 season that was played in the spring of 2021 due to COVID-19, punting 17 times for 815 yards, a 47.9-yard average that led the Big Sky…Earned first-team All-America honors from Stats Perform, AFCA, HERO Sports and Phil Steele's College Football, was a finalist for FCS Punter of the Year and earned first-team All-Big Sky recognition…Placed eight of his 17 punts inside the 20 with seven punts of 50-plus yards…Also kicked off 30 times and posted 16 touchbacks (53.3 pct.)…Registered a season-best 52.0-yard average on five punts vs. Idaho State (March 27), including a career-long 67-yarder…Played in all 12 games in 2019, averaging 44.1 yards on 57 punts with 23 placed inside the 20…Earned third-team All-Big Sky honors from both the coaches and Phil Steele's College Football…Registered 17 punts of 50-plus yards on the season, including on all four of his punts at North Dakota State (Sept. 21) when he averaged 55.3 yards…Appeared in all 13 contests in 2018, averaging 41.1 yards on 67 punts with a career-high 31 placed inside the 20 on his way to earning All-Big Sky honorable mention…Posted a career-high six punts placed inside the 20 on seven punts at Eastern Washington (Dec. 8)…Played in five games as a true freshman in 2017, punting 10 times for 440 yards (44.0 avg.) with four punts placed inside the 20…Also kicked off five times with one touchback (20.0 pct.)…Earned his degree in sustainable environmental design…Earned All-Southern Section and All-DeAnza League honors in both of his final two years at Rancho Mirage (Calif.) High School…Averaged 43.8 yards per punt as a senior, placing 22 of his 37 punts inside the 20…Also made 22 career field goals, including five of 50-plus yards, and 113 of 116 extra points (97.4 pct.)…Also played tennis for three seasons, earning league MVP as a senior after going undefeated in singles, and soccer for two seasons…Moved to California with his mother when he was 13 years old…Last name is pronounced WEE-lan…Given name Daniel Whelan; born in Dublin, Ireland.