Lafayette, La (KADN)-- Cajuns punter Rhys Burns excels at pinning opposing offenses deep, but even a football can't skyrocket the distance to is his home in Australia. It is 9188 miles away. Rhys says he hasn't seen his family in two years because of the pandemic.
"Your whole family and all your friends you knew growing up you haven't seen them in a while but yeah I miss them everyday," Rhys said.
Technology makes it easier to video chat on computer applications like Zoom and phone applications like Facetime. His family also watches his games online on ESPN3 broadcasts.
"My first year they had no idea what was going on and they would just watch and hoping to see me out there," Rhy explained. "They didn't understand how first down or anything like that worked. Now they understand the rules and they are diehard cajun football fans."
Football has helped him make friends, but Rhys randomly met cajuns softball pitcher Kandra Lamb on a plane back to the United States.
"She was wearing a Ragin' Cajuns hoodie and I went up and spoke to her and cause I didn't know she was on the softball team," Rhys said. "So that's how I met her, I was coming over from Sydney. she really likes it over here. She's obviously a great pitcher."
Rhys is a kinesiology major. It is the study of the mechanics of human movement. He's positioning himself to be the best. The cajuns are ranked first in the Sun Belt in punting distance.