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Signed by Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent, May 4, 2012.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Talented punter emerged onto the scene in 2013, his first full season….Led the league in punting with a 48.9 average…Became just the third punter in franchise history to lead the league in punting over a season…His 48.9 average was the third highest in Raiders history…Career totals include 16 games played, 84 punts for 4,107 yards (48.9 avg.) and 23 punts inside the 20-yard line.
2013: Led NFL in punting (48.9 avg.) in first full season...Joined Hall of Famer Ray Guy and Shane Lechler as the only Raiders to lead the NFL in punting for a single season...Gross punting average tied for the third-highest in franchise history (Shane Lechler; 2007)...Posted a 41.1 net average, also tied for third-highest in team annals (Shane Lechler; 2007)…Punted 84 times for 4,107 yards, recording 11 touchbacks and placing 23 punts inside the 20-yard line...(9/8) at Ind.: Made NFL debut, punting twice for 101 yards (50.5 avg.)...Had a long punt of 53 yards for a touchback in the second quarter...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Totaled four punts for 192 yards (48.0 avg.)...Booted a 58-yard punt...(9/23) at Den.: Punted six times for 315 yards, including a season-long 66-yard effort...(9/29) vs. Was.: Produced a solid all-around performance, punting seven times for 314 yards (44.9 avg.) and pinning Washington inside the 20-yard line three times...(10/6) vs. SD: Punted six times for 297 yards (49.5 avg.)...Booted a 64-yard punt in the fourth quarter...(10/13) at KC: Established season highs with eight punts for 414 yards (51.8 avg.)...Boomed his third punt of 60 or more yards this season, punting a 64-yarder in the second quarter...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Matched a season high with eight punts...Placed two efforts inside the 20-yard line...Posted first career special teams tackle...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Punted seven times for 315 yards, averaging 45 yards per effort...Recorded a tackle on special teams for the second straight game, forcing DeSean Jackson out of bounds in the second quarter and drawing a face-mask penalty on the play...(11/10) at NYG: Punted five times, averaging 50.8 yards per effort...Had first career punt blocked in the first quarter...Had three punts land inside the 20-yard line...(11/17) at Hou.: Set season highs with 11 punts for 540 yards (49.1 avg.)...Placed a season-high four punts inside the 20-yard line and booted three punts of 60 or more yards (64, 62 and 63)...(11/28) at Dal.: Punted five times for 265 yards, averaging 53 yards per effort...Placed two punts inside the 20-yard line...(12/15) vs. KC: Punted just once, booting a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter...(12/22) at SD: Posted a season-high 54.2 punting average, booting five punts for 271 yards...Placed two punts inside the 20-yard line...Had a long punt of 63 yards...(12/29) vs. Den.: Punted five times for 229 yards (45.8 avg.)...Placed two punts inside the 20-yard line.
2012: Spent the entire 2012 regular season on the reserve/injured list due to a foot injury suffered late in the preseason.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Fort Valley State and earned first-team Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as a senior…Invited to the National College Elite Kicking Camp…Ranked as No. 5 punter in Division II after senior year…As a senior, punted 60 times for 2,582 yards (43.0 avg.)…Booted an 80-yard punt at the HBCU All-Star Bowl Game…Placed 21 punts inside the 20-yard line…Had nine touchbacks…Ranked 13th in the nation in net punting yardage…Had 16 punts travel 50 or more yards…As a junior, punted 54 times for 2,144 yards (39.7 avg.)…Had a season-long 64-yard punt…Placed 17 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line…Ranked as the No. 4 punter in Division II…Averaged 39 yards per punt as a sophomore…Finished freshman season with a 41-yard punting average.
PERSONAL: Born in Macon, Ga., and attended Rutland High School in his hometown…Began playing football as a wide receiver his sophomore year of high school…Did not punt until junior year of high school…One of the Raiders’ most active community participants, took part in numerous events throughout 2013, including the Alameda County Food Bank, Toys for Tots and Holiday Shopping.
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