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ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 20: Punter Blake Clingan #41 of the University of Central Florida Golden Knights sets to kick against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Bright House Stadium on October 20, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. UCF won 44 - 23. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FL – OCTOBER 20: Punter Blake Clingan #41 of the University of Central Florida Golden Knights sets to kick against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Bright House Stadium on October 20, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. UCF won 44 – 23. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed punter Blake Clingan.

Clingan has never punted in an NFL game, but he averaged 39.9 yards in four seasons at Central Florida from 2007-10. The Lions announced the move Tuesday.

Detroit ranked last in the league in yards per punt last season. Ben Graham hurt his left calf in a September loss at Tennessee, forcing kicker Jason Hanson to take over during that game. The Lions then signed Nick Harris, who averaged 41.5 yards on 67 punts for the season.

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