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Served as the primary punter, handled most of the kickoffs, and served as the field-goal kicker on long attempts in 2012 ... had 50 career punts for a 38.9-yard average in 50 games (14 starts) in his career ... was 2-4 on field goals and 5-9 on extra points for 11 points ... had 54 touchbacks and 47 other kickoffs that reached the goal line on 275 kickoffs in his career; the opponent failed to advance past the 20 on 89 of the 275 kickoffs ... Clemson's career leader in tackles by a kicker (29); no kicker had more than four in a season prior to 2009 ... two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.

2012: Raycom College Football All-Star Classic invitee ... had a 39.2-yard average on 48 punts along with 15 punts inside the 20, five punts of 50+ yards, and a 36.7-yard net average in 13 games (13 starts) ... had 70 kickoffs, including 32 touchbacks and 13 other kickoffs that reached the goal line ... had eight special teams tackles, tied for third-most on the team ... had a 43.0-yard average on two punts (both inside the 20) and made a 61-yard field goal from the right hashmark as time expired in the second quarter against Ball State on Sept. 8; it set an ACC and a Clemson record for the longest field goal; named national specialist-of-the-week by CFPA; named ACC Specialist-of-the-Week; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had a 50.0-yard average on three punts against Furman on Sept. 15 ... had a 41.0-yard average on seven punts, three of his four kickoffs resulted in the opponent starting inside the 21, and two special teams tackles at #4 Florida State on Sept. 22 ... had a 49-yard punt and nine kickoffs, six of which went for touchbacks and the other three resulted in the opponent starting inside its own 21, against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6 ... had a 41.5-yard average on two punts against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had a 41.6-yard average on five punts against #12 South Carolina on Nov. 24; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had a 43.3-yard average on six punts and two punts of 50 yards against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

2011: Had 54 kickoffs in 10 games...had 12 touchbacks and 10 other kickoffs that reached the goal line...had 54 kickoffs and opponents failed to advance past the 20 on 23 kickoffs...had two punts for a 33.0-yard average...had six special teams tackles, all on kickoff coverage...had three touchbacks and three other kickoffs that reached the endzone among his nine kickoffs against Troy on Sept. 3; he also had two tackles...had two touchbacks and two other kickoffs that reached the endzone among his seven kickoffs against #19 Auburn on Sept. 17...had three touchbacks and another kickoff that reached the endzone among his six kickoffs against #11 Florida State on Sept. 24; came off the bench for an injured Dawson Zimmerman and had two punts for a 33.0-yard average, including a punt inside the 20; added a special teams tackle; named team special teams player-of-the-game...suffered a shoulder injury at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1 and missed the next four games...had one tackle and a caused fumble on four kickoffs against Wake Forest on Nov. 12.

2010: Had six special teams tackles, all on kickoff coverage...kicked an extra point against Presbyterian College...had 64 kickoffs and opponents failed to get past the 20 on 19 kickoffs...a big reason Clemson had a 4.4-yard advantage on the ending spot of kickoff returns; the opponents’ average start was the 25...had three touchbacks and 12 other kickoffs that reached the goal line.

2009: Handled kickoff duties for the Tigers...had seven touchbacks and 12 others that reached the goal line in 87 kickoffs as a first-year performer...handled every kickoff for the Tigers in 2009, more than any other kicker in Clemson history...held opponents inside the 21-yard line on kickoffs 31 times over the course of the season, 36 percent of his attempts...starting placekicker in one game, the win at N.C. State...scored six points in that game, he made one field goal in one attempt and was 3-5 on extra points...had seven points for the season...his only field goal attempt was made from 28 yards in Raleigh...a big reason Clemson was third in the ACC in kickoff coverage...had nine special teams tackles on kickoff coverage, not only a single-season record, but the career record; the previous career mark was seven by Mark Buchholz and the season record was just four.

2008: Red-shirted...enrolled in January.

Before Clemson: Enrolled at Clemson in January of 2008 following his high school graduation in December of 2007...#16 placekicker in the nation by Rivals.com...#25 prospect in South Carolina by SuperPrep...converted 22-37 field goals and 99-113 extra points in three years at Myrtle Beach High School, with a career-long of 49 yards...also a punter and wide receiver...had 410 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a senior...two-time all-region and all-state selection...two-time “Toast of the Coast” selection...WPDE All-Zone team selection...WBTW All-Blitz team member...Shrine Bowl selection...coached by Scott Earley...recruited by Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Duke, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Personal: Two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll...majoring in sociology...born Dec. 20, 198

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