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Stephen Gostkowski

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 212 | College: Memphis
 
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Overview

The four-year starter is a very accurate field goal specialist inside the 40-yard line, and added kickoff duties to his resume in 2005. He finished his career ranked thirteenth in NCAA Division 1-A history with 369 points and fourteenth with 70 field goals made. A fine all-around athlete, he also competed on the Tigers' baseball team.

Gostkowski lettered for four years in football and soccer and three years in baseball at Madison Central High. He earned All-State honors in all the three sports. Gostkowski compiled an 8-2 record with a 1.40 ERA during his senior season and had a batting average of .395 with three home runs and 25 RBI. He completed his prep baseball career with a 16-2 record and a 1.00 ERA, leading Madison Central to the 2002 Mississippi state championship. He also holds the school record for the longest field goal at 55 yards.

Gostkowski came to Memphis as a baseball signee, but earned a football scholarship in 2002 fall camp. He was the only player in Conference USA to be named to the All-Freshman Team in both football and baseball in 2002-03. He scored 59 points while connecting on 9 of 14 field goals and 32 of 37 extra points for the football team in 2002, and compiled a record of 4-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 61.2 innings pitched for the baseball team.

Gostkowski connected on 19 of 29 field goals and all 44 extra point attempts, finishing with 101 points in 2003. In fourteen appearances with the 2004 baseball team, he finished the year 1-5 with a 6.66 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.

Gostkowski was selected All-Conference USA first-team in football in 2004. He saw his consecutive extra-point string snapped at 88, but was successful on 48 of 49 extra points and 20 of 24 field goals for a career-high 108 points. After the season, he pitched for the 2005 Tigers' baseball team, compiling a 1-8 record and a 7.36 ERA. He led the team in innings pitched (80.2), strikeouts (41) and starts (13).

Gostkowski was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year in 2005. He scored 101 points on 22 of 25 field-goal attempts and made all 35 extra-point attempts. He also handled kickoff duties, as 39 of his 68 attempts resulted in touchbacks.

He finished his career ranked thirteenth in NCAA Division 1-A history with a school career-record 369 points. He set more Memphis records by connecting on 70 of 92 field goals and 159 of 165 extra points.

Analysis

Positives: Has a good frame with adequate chest and arm muscle definition, good bubble and thick calves … Has adequate leg strength with good hang time and distance on his kickoffs … Explodes into the ball, demonstrating proper leg extension … Two-and-a-half step kicker with an average snap-to-toe time of 1.4 seconds on field goals and PATs … Gets the ball off with good rise and trajectory … Allows the coverage team to get downfield on his kickoffs, averaging 4.02 seconds in hang time … Has the leg strength to put his kickoffs into the end zone from the 30-yard line … Thrives on pressure and likes it when he is counted on with the game on the line.

Negatives: Gets the ball off decently, but is a bit deliberate in his approach … Has not had the benefit of spring ball, as he splits his time between baseball and football … Good athlete with enough quickness, but seems reluctant to get down field to lend support on the coverage unit … Has a consistent leg, but his field goals tend to sail wide at times when kicking from the outside hashes … Has problems kicking into the wind and needs to learn how to keep his kicks lower when playing in poor weather conditions.

Gostkowski has shown much better consistency and leg drive during his last two seasons. He is more capable as a field goal specialist than on kickoffs, but has enough leg strength to get the ball near the goal line. He demonstrates good hang time and trajectory on his kickoff,s and is extremely accurate on short-to-intermediate field goals.

Gostkowski is a two-and-one half step kicker who gets the ball off decently, but is a bit deliberate in his approach. He does explode into the ball and gets good leg extension, showing an average time of 1.4 seconds on his snap-to-toe mechanics. His kickoffs get enough height to allow the kickoff coverage team to get down field to cover, averaging 4.02 seconds in hang time.

Gostkowski is a fine athlete, but seemed reluctant to lend support on the kick coverage unit in 2005. He was very successful his last two seasons kicking long distance field goals, making 16 of 17 attempts overall. Has played baseball each spring, but after three less than spectacular seasons as a pitcher he will have better success on the football field if he decides to concentrate on improving his craft. There is no question that he has one of the better legs in the collegiate ranks.

Career Notes

Ranks thirteenth in NCAA Division 1-A history with 369 points and fourteenth with 70 field goals made … His 369 points scored set a school career record, topping the old mark of 263 points by Joe Allison (1990-93) … Holds the top three spots on the Tigers' single-season record list for points scored by a kicker, totaling 101 points in 2003, 108 in 2004 and 101 again in 2005 … His 70 field goals made shattered the previous school all-time record of 51 by Allison while his 159 extra points made broke Allison's old mark of 110 … His 22 field goals in 2005 was one shy of the Memphis single-season record of 23 by Allison in 1992 … His 44 successful extra points in 2003 topped the old school single-season record of 42 by John Cobb (1949), and Gostkowski broke his own record with 48 extra points made in 2004.

2005 Season

All-Conference USA first-team selection and named the conference's Special Teams Player of the Year … Semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top place-kicker … Ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 1.83 field goals made per game … Scored over 100 points for the third consecutive season, totaling 101 on 22-of-25 field goals and all 35 extra point attempts … Made all ten field goal tries past the 40-yard line … Also amassed 4,295 yards on 68 kickoffs, as 39 resulted in touchbacks, with 24 others returned for 578 yards (24.1 avg).

2005 Game Analysis

Mississippi … Began the season with 34 & 47-yard field goals.

Chattanooga … Added a 30-yarder and seven extra points.

Tulsa … Had four Pats and a 32-yard field goal.

Texas-El Paso … Added 24 & 26-yarders, along with three PATs.

Central Florida … Booted a 40-yard field goal with two extra points.

Houston … Missed on a 32-yard field goal attempt, but had five extra points.

East Carolina … Connected on field goals of 51 & 32 yards, adding three PATs to give the Tigers a 27-24 win.

Alabama-Birmingham … Kicked 45 & 26-yard field goals and two extra points.

Tennessee … Followed with field goals of 43, 37 & 35 yards.

Southern Mississippi … Added three PATs and a 27-yard field goal to lead the team to a

24-22 triumph.

Marshall … Successful on field goals of 49, 53, 43 & 42 yards while also making a pair of extra points … Only Ryan White (five vs. Alabama-Birmingham in 1999) had more field goals in a game in Memphis annals.

Akron (Motor City Bowl) … Closed out his career with three PATs and field goals of 47, 19 & 37 yards.

2004 Season

All-Conference USA first-team selection … Ranked eighth in the nation with an average of 1.67 field goals per game and thirteenth with an average of 9.0 points scored per game … Set a school single-season record with 108 points scored, connecting on 20-of-24 field goals and 48-of-49 extra point attempts … His 108 points broke the previous record of 101 points that Gostkowski shared (2003) with Joe Allison (1992) … His 20 field goals rank third on the school's single-season record list behind Allison's 23 in 1992 and Gostkowski's 22 in 2005 … His 48 PATs made broke his own Memphis record of 44 in 2003.

2004 Game Analysis

Mississippi … Opened the season with two PATs and field goals of 39 & 45 yards.

Chattanooga … Scored ten points on seven PATs and a 26-yard field goal.

Arkansas State … Followed with 17 points on field goals of 19, 41, 24 & 30 yards and five extra points … His 17 points scored rank on the school's game-record list for kickers, topped only by Ryan White's 18 vs. Alabama-Birmingham in 1999.

Alabama-Birmingham … Added 19 & 47-yard field goals and two PATs.

Houston … Had five extra points and field goals of 47 & 30 yards.

Louisville … Kicked 25, 19 & 29-yard field goals, adding four PATs.

East Carolina … Added a 35-yard field goal and five extra points.

South Florida … Booted 47, 19 & 37-yard field goals and had two PATs.

Bowling Green (GMAC Bowl) … Contributed five extra points.

2003 Season

Took over placekicking duties full-time, scoring 101 points on 19-of-29 field goals and all 44 extra point attempts.

2003 Game Analysis

Had 39 & 23-yard field goals in the season-opening win over Tennessee Tech … Added 21, 42 & 17-yarders vs. Mississippi. His 42-yard effort gave Memphis a fourth quarter lead and his 17-yard effort sealed the victory … Had two field goals vs. Southern Mississippi on kicks of 21 and 33 yards … Kicked one field goal from 33 yards and connected on six PATs in the win over the Houston Cougars … Booted field goals of 30 and 23 yards in the win over East Carolina, giving him 11 points for the game … Tallied two field goals of 22 and 28 yards and made three PATs in the Memphis win over Louisville … Made a 45-yard field goal in the regular-season finale vs. Central Florida … Tallied nine points in the New Orleans Bowl after kicking field goals of 21 and 42 yards and hitting three PATs. His 42-yard field goal with 2:26 remaining in the game locked the victory over North Texas.

2002 Season

Conference USA All-Freshman team selection … Came to the Tigers as a walk-on kicker in fall camp and by the season opener, had earned a scholarship and was the team's starting kicker … Lettered while appearing in all 12 games of the 2002 season … Made 9-of-14 field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder in the season opener vs. Murray State … Also made 32-of-37 PATs in 2002 … Finished with 59 points scored.

2002 Game Analysis

Opened his collegiate career making five-of-six PATs and his longest field goal of the season at 50 yards vs. Murray State … Made five PATs in the win over Tulane and hit on a 48-yard field goal attempt … Had his only multiple field goal game in the season finale vs. Texas Christian.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.87 seconds in the 40-yard dash … 31-inch arm length … 9 1/8-inch hands.

Baseball

Despite coming into his own on the gridiron as one of the nation's top kickers, the baseball coaching staff was excited to see Gostkowski take his confidence to the mound in 2006.

2006 Season … As of press time, Gostkowski compiled a 1-2 record with a 3.97 ERA, starting three of six games he appeared in … Pitched in 22.2 innings, totaling 18 strikeouts and six walks … Allowed ten earned runs and opponents were batting .298 against him.

2005 Season … Started in all 13 games he appeared in, finishing the season with a 1-8 record and a 7.36 ERA … Led the team in innings pitched (80.2), strikeouts (41) and starts (13) … Pitched one of the Tigers' two complete games in a loss to Houston (3/18/05) … Fanned a season and career-high nine batters in a season-opening 10-4 win over Air Force … Struck out eight in the complete-game loss to Houston … Named to the 2005 Service Academies Spring Classic All-Tournament team … Allowed just 66 earned runs in 80.2 innings of work … NationalChamps.net listed Gostkowski as a third team selection to their preseason All-America team for 2005.

2004 Season … Struggled to find his control as was pushed into the midweek starting role … Finished the year 1-5 with a 6.66 ERA in 48.2 innings … Fanned 42 batters … Made 14 appearances, 11 of which were in a starting role … Lone win came in a 7-1 decision over Murray State … Allowed just two hits and one unearned run, while striking out six in five innings of action in the win … Struck out 15 batters and allowed just one earned run in his first 15 innings … Had four strikeouts and gave up three runs in 5.2 innings of work in his longest outing of the year against Mississippi State … Struck out six on three occasions … Third on the team in innings pitched per appearance, logging an average of 3.48 innings per outing … Was solid in his three relief outings, holding opponents scoreless with six strikeouts in five innings … Opponents his just .188 against him as a reliever.

2003 Season … Selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman team after posting a 4-5 record with a 3.99 ERA … Made 12 starts and five relief appearances as a true freshman … His 65.1 innings pitched ranked second on the team and his 46 strikeouts were third on the squad … Made starts in nine of the teams 10 C-USA series and saw action in all of the series … Struck out a season-high eight in his collegiate debut in a 14-1 triumph over Air Force … Picked up his first collegiate victory in a 9-6 win over TCU, after allowing just two earned runs and striking out four in 5.1 innings of work … Held nationally-ranked UNLV scoreless through five innings in his second start of the season … Held Mississippi scoreless in three innings of work to pick up his third win of the season in a 6-3 victory … His third win of the season came after logging a season-high seven innings of work in a 3-2 win over Saint Louis … Won his second consecutive league start after holding Houston to just three earned runs in 6.2 innings of work.

High School

Attended Madison (Miss.) Central High School … Lettered for four years in football and soccer and three years in baseball at Madison Central High … Earned All-State honors in all of the three sports … Compiled an 8-2 record with a 1.40 ERA during his senior season and had a batting average of .395 with three home runs and 25 RBI, playing for head coach Greg Perry … Completed his prep baseball career with a 16-2 record and a 1.00 ERA, leading Madison Central to the 2002 Mississippi state championship … Also holds the school record for the longest field goal at 55 yards.

Personal

Pre-Physical Therapy major … Son of Cindy and Larry Gostkowski … Born Stephen Carroll Gostkowski on 1/28/84 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana … Resides in Madison, Mississippi.

 
 

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