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This time it's BYU who finds a punter from Australia, while rugby player signs with Utah

Danny Jones and Thomas Yassmin
Danny Jones and Thomas Yassmin

BYU is taking a page out of the Utah playbook.

The Utes, meanwhile, are altering their own Australian playbook page.

The Cougars signed a punter from Australia, Danny Jones, on National Signing Day on Wednesday. Jones, who is from Essendon, Australia, played Australian rules football for the Birchip-Watchem Bulls and Bendigo Pioneers. He also attended ProKick Australia, established to help Australian football kickers transition to the American game.

BYU will be looking to replace Jonny Linehan at punter. Linehan, a New Zealand native, spent the past three seasons punting for the Cougar football program after joining from the BYU rugby team.

Utah has had success recently signing punters from Australia. Tom Hackett twice earned the Ray Guy Award for the nation's top punter and Mitch Wishnowsky won it in 2016 and was a finalist for the award last year.

The Utes brought in another Australian in the 2018 recruiting class, this time at a different position. Thomas Yassmin, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, signed with Utah as a tight end prospect. He played rugby at The Scots College in New South Wales, Australia, and was named to the Australian Schools Barbarians all-star team.

Yassmin will have five years to play four for the Utes.