ASU Hoping Aussie Sleep-Dalton A Difference-Maker

Arizona Sports News online

By Cuyler Meade

The Arizona State Sun Devils join the wave of schools mining Down Under for punter prospects, as Australian Michael Sleep-Dalton is set to join the Devils for fourth-down work.

The three-star punter announced Nov. 12 that he was committed to ASU.

He comes to ASU from 2015 Junior College Football national champions City College of San Francisco, joined by center commit A.J. McCollum, who committed to the Sun Devils in December. Sleep-Dalton has a 65-yard range with the ability to kick traditionally or roll out rugby-style with both his right and left foot.

He sees himself as a very unique player.

“I don’t emulate anyone,” Sleep-Dalton said in a phone interview with Monday night. “I’m my own punter. I reckon every punter’s unique in his own way, especially us Australian punters.”

His practice footage shows him pinpointing long kicks inside 10 and 5 yards.

Sleep-Dalton said he was excited to come to Tempe for the, “opportunity that it’s going to bring, being coached by some of the best coaches in the college system,” he said. “It’s going to be great for myself, and the potential to help the team out to go throughout the year and for years onwards.”