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'Josh' of all trades: Borm shines as punter and kicker, helps DSU’s offense as receiver

Athletes spend their entire careers trying to hone their craft and perfect their given position. Dickinson State senior Josh Borm has found success not just at one position, but three. The Cheyenne, Wyo., native sees all aspects of the field for ...

Josh Borm
Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson State punter/kicker Josh Borm practices kicking a field goal during practice on Aug. 22 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Athletes spend their entire careers trying to hone their craft and perfect their given position.
Dickinson State senior Josh Borm has found success not just at one position, but three.
The Cheyenne, Wyo., native sees all aspects of the field for the Blue Hawks. He’s primarily the team’s punter and kicker, but also sees ample time at wide receiver.
“I’ve always been playing wherever it’s been needed, whether it’s quarterback or whatever. But I hope I kind of found a spot here at receiver,” Borm said with a smile. “Starting to figure things out kicking and punting too, which is kind of nice.”
Borm played receiver early in his football career and also saw some time defensively at free safety. Before coming to DSU in the spring of 2013, Borm played football for Chadron State (Neb.) and started to turn heads with his punting. As a freshman, he averaged 39.7 yards per punt and 61.6 yards on his kickoffs.
“I just kind of did it one day and it went OK, so I kind of just stuck with it,” Borm said nonchalantly. “It’s kind of interesting to learn. I pick up something new every time I go out and do it, and that’s kind of interesting - all the mechanics that go into it.”
Though he stumbled on the position, Borm has had a knack for kicking and makes the process look easy every Saturday.
In 2013, among a lost DSU season as the team finished 1-10, Borm had one of his best and most consistent punting performances in the NAIA and was rightly recognized. He ranked sixth in the NAIA in punt yards per attempt, averaging 44 yards, and punted the ball 76 times on the season. As the Blue Hawks’ kicker, Borm made 18 of 20 field-goal attempts with his longest coming at 38 yards.
“He’s as a good a punter I’ve seen, as far as him launching that ball and having good hang time,” DSU head coach Pete Stanton said. “What it does is it makes it easier for everyone else, our coverage can get down there easier and, a lot of time, their defense has to fair catch it and it makes a huge difference in field position.”
As a receiver, Borm didn’t see as much action last season but helped the Blue Hawks’ offense at crucial times. He had five receptions for 118 total yards with one touchdown. His longest reception of 56 yards came on his lone touchdown against Rocky Mountain College (Mont.).
Despite seeing more time in one position over the other, it makes for some unusual juggling during practices. But Stanton said he never worries about Borm because of his strong work ethic especially in the offseason.
“It’s a very difficult thing to be as good a punter as he is and then also at the receiver role. He’s sharp and that helps,” Stanton said. “He understands what he needs to do. He can switch roles and switch gears if he needs to, and he works hard at it and he studies at it. He’s one of our guys in the offseason that never misses.”
With the end of Borm’s college career closing in, he said he has mixed feelings. But with just a season’s worth of games left, Borm is going to lay it all out on the field and help his team compete to the best of his abilities.
“Bittersweet is really the right word,” he said. “It’s kind of weird thinking how long I’ve been playing and, pretty much, it comes down to 11 games here and see what I can do, and hopefully make some more pretty good memories along the way.”

Josh Borm
Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson State’s Josh Borm catches a pass and runs downfield during a practice on Aug. 16 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

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