NFL: How one school in Melbourne, Australia is reshaping gridiron

Punter Michael Dickson in action for the Texas Longhorns against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

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  • 65 Pro Kick punters are playing in NCAA Division I
  • Seattle Seahawks rookie is Pro Kick grad

(CNN)When Australian punting coach Nathan Chapman looks back at his workout video for the Denver Broncos, he squirms.

"It makes me want to vomit," he bluntly says of a moment that marked his short NFL preseason stint in 2004. "To think I was just kicking a ball without any technical knowledge at all."
Things have come a long way since then.
    Largely thanks to Chapman's Pro Kick Australia school, founded on the lessons he learned as an NFL hopeful, the country is cranking out punters to major US college programs and infiltrating the pros.
    No fewer than 65 Pro Kick graduates will suit up for Division I schools this year, according to Chapman, and three are likely to stick on NFL rosters.
    They include Seattle Seahawks rookie Michael Dickson, who skipped his senior season at Texas after winning the Ray Guy Award, given to college football's top punter.
    Like most other Pro Kick students -- and like Chapman himself -- Dickson played Australian rules football and had little understanding of the sport the Aussies call "gridiron."