Updated: Jul 12, 2021
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Steelers seventh-round pick Pressley Harvin III has an unusual stature for a punter, as he looks like a tank at 250 pounds. So, it was quite humorous when special teams coordinator Danny Smith joked with the media today that a fake punt up the middle could be in the cards for Harvin.
"You know a quarterback sneak? We're gonna get a punt sneak with this dude. He can get a yard," Smith said of Harvin via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.
While Smith might just be joking about a punt sneak with Harvin, the Georgia Tech product is capable of throwing the ball on fake punts. In 2019, Harvin threw a 41-yard touchdown pass against Miami (Fla.) on a fake punt, and it was a dime of a throw.
Harvin won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter in 2020, becoming the first African-American to win the award. Harvin led the nation and set Georgia Tech and Atlantic Coast Conference records with a 48.0-yard punting average last year.
The Steelers released Jordan Berry prior to the start of the 2020 regular season but ultimately brought him back in Week 7, as things didn't work out with his replacement Dustin Colquitt. Harvin will compete with Berry in training camp for the punting position.
"He's a talented guy," Smith said of Harvin via Missi Matthews of Steelers.com. "He's got a lot to learn...he's a powerful young man and we're just perfecting his skill set...we're very excited about him and working with him."