Signed by Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent, May 4, 2012…Re-signed by Raiders as a restricted free agent, April 8, 2015.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Fourth-year talent enters his third season as one of NFL’s elite punters and placement specialists after emerging onto the scene in 2013…Set single-season franchise records with 109 punts (fifth in NFL history) and 4,930 punting yards (third in NFL history) in 2014…Became the third Raider to eclipse 4,000 punting yards in consecutive seasons…Placed 31 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line with only three touchbacks…Became the only NFL player (since stats became official in 1976) with at least 100 punts, at least 30 placed inside the 20-yard line and three-or-fewer touchbacks…Led the league in punting with a 48.9 average in 2013, his first full season of action…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 32 games played, 193 punts for 9,037 yards (46.8 avg.) and 54 punts inside the 20-yard line with only 14 touchbacks.
2014: Set single-season franchise records for punts (109) and yards (4,930)…His 109 punts rank fifth in NFL annals, and his punting yards total ranks third on the all-time list…Averaged 45.2 yards per punt and placed 31 punts inside the 20-yard line, eight more than his previous season...Had a season-long punt of 62 yards...Limited touchbacks to just three after posting 11 his first year...Became the only NFL player (since stats became official in 1976) with at least 100 punts, at least 30 placed inside the 20-yard line and three-or-fewer touchbacks…(9/7) at NYJ: Punted nine times for 401 yards (44.6 avg.)…Had a long punt of 61 yards and had one touchback...(9/14) vs. Hou.: Punted three times for 120 yards (40.0 avg.)...(9/21) at NE: Punted five times for 216 yards, placing three punts inside the 20-yard line...Averaged 43.2 yards per effort...(9/28) vs. Mia.: Punted six times for 292 yards (48.7 avg.)...Tied single-game high with four punts inside the 20-yard line...(10/12) vs. SD: Placed three punts inside the 20-yard line...Punted four times for 165 yards (41.3 avg.)...(10/19) vs. Ari.: Effective in limiting PR Ted Ginn, Jr. to two returns for just seven yards with three fair catches...Totaled 236 yards on six punts, placing three efforts inside the 20-yard line...(10/26) at Cle.: Had seven punts for 308 yards (44.0 avg.)...Limited Browns to two returns for seven yards, posting a 43.0 net punting average...(11/2) at Sea.: Posted one of his top performances of the season, punting six times for 314 yards for a season-high 52.3 average...Placed three punts inside the 20-yard line...Limited Seattle returners to just 37 yards on three returns, posting a 46.2 net punting average...(11/9) vs. Den.: Had nine punts for 389 yards (43.2 avg.)...(11/16) at SD: Punted nine times for 446 yards (49.6 avg.)...Placed two punts inside the 20-yard line, including a fourth-quarter effort that was downed at San Diego’s 1-yard line...Booted a season-long 62-yard punt in the first quarter...(11/20) vs. KC: Totaled six punts for 296 yards (49.3 avg.)...Placed three punts inside the 20-yard line...Dragged down PR Frankie Hammond, Jr., posting his only special teams tackle of the season...(11/30) at StL.: Registered eight punts for 353 yards (44.1 avg.)...Helped limit St. Louis returners to just 19 yards on four returns...(12/7) vs. SF: Enjoyed a remarkable performance, punting five times for 234 yards (46.8 avg.) and placing two punts inside the 20-yard line...(12/14) at KC: Tied a career high with 11 punts for 477 yards (43.4 avg.)...Put one punt inside the 20-yard line...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Punted six times for 265 yards (44.2 avg.), snapping the Raiders single-season record for punts by reaching 100 for the year...Limited Buffalo returners to just 11 yards on three returns...(12/28) at Den.: Punted nine times for 418 yards (46.4 avg.).
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 45.0 yards per effort...Recorded a tackle on special teams for the second straight game, forcing WR DeSean Jackson out of bounds in the second quarter...(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…Participated in We Day – California in 2014…Also worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the OAL Elite Youth Football Camp.
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