49ers sign punter, kicker Schmidt to 3-year deal

The San Francisco 49ers have signed undrafted punter and kickoff

specialist Colton Schmidt to a three-year contract.

The 49ers announced the deal Monday. Schmidt will compete

against punter Andy Lee and kicker Phil Dawson, likely serving as

the backup and providing breaks for each during training camp.

Schmidt finished his career at UC Davis with 235 punts for 9,664

yards and a school-record 41.1 gross punting average. He also

served as the team’s kickoff specialist, recording 34 touchbacks in

62 attempts.

The Bakersfield native surpassed the previous single-season UC

Davis record of 42.3 gross punting average with a 44.5 average to

earn first team All-Big Sky Conference last year. He also was

selected to the second team All-Great West Conference following his

sophomore and junior seasons.