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Jesse Ainsworth

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 218 | College: Arizona State
 
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Overview

One of the hardest workers on the Sun Devils, Ainsworth has not only been a consistent field goal performer, but his kickoffs generally pinned the opponents deep in their own territory.

The four-year letterman played in all 49 games during the 2003-06 seasons, one of only three Sun Devils to do so in that span. He was only the fourth Sun Devil since 1973 to serve as ASU's kicker all four seasons, joining Mike Richey (1989-92), Luis Zendejas (1981-84) and Danny Kush (1973-76), as he finished as ASU's second all-time leading scorer with 313 points.

Ainsworth takes great pride in his conditioning program. He earned Hard Hat Player honors for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program three times -- before the 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons. He also excelled in the classroom, as he was a three-time Pac-10 Conference All-Academic selection, including first-team recognition in 2005 and 2006. He earned his degree (B.S., Justice Studies) following the Fall 2006 semester.

At Thousand Oaks High School, Ainsworth was rated the second-best kicker in the West by PacWestFootball.com. A member of the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100," he earned first-team All-League, All-County and All-C.I.F. honors as a kicker as a senior. He was also selected second-team All-State that year. He garnered first-team All-League, All-County and All-C.I.F. honors as a junior, and was All-C.I.F. at punter as a sophomore.

Ainsworth averaged 41.1 yards per punt as a senior and was nine of 15 on field goals, including a long of 56 yards. He made 41-, 55- and 56-yarders in one game, the first time ever in California a player had two field goals longer than 50 yards in the same contest. He missed three field goals due to blocks and missed from 56 and 62 yards, but hit 17 of 19 extra points as a senior (both misses due to blocks).

As a defensive end, he had nine sacks, 50 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior. He hit 51 of 52 extra points as a junior and was three of six on field goals. Ainsworth also was a standout punter, averaging 35.6 yards with 88 percent not returned that year. He graduated with a 3.7 grade point average.

Ainsworth enrolled at Arizona State in 2003, playing in every game as a true freshman. He started the year as the kickoff specialist, taking over field goal chores by the third contest. He went on to score 55 points, connecting on 25-of-28 extra points and 10-of-15 field goals.

In 2004, Ainsworth earned All-Pac-10 Conference honorable mention and was a second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection. He was named the Babe Alex Demon Award winner for 2004, given annually to ASU's Special Teams Player of the Year, as he ranked second in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation with 1.50 field goals per game. He led the team in scoring with 94 points and was second in the league in kick scoring and third in overall scoring (7.8 points per game). He connected on 18-of-28 field goals and was a perfect 40-of-40 on extra points.

As a junior, the Sun Devils kicker was perhaps ASU's most versatile and frequently-used special teams member, serving as the place-kicker, punter and kickoff specialist. He earned first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors, posting a 3.58 grade point average and was presented the Clyde B. Smith award, which is given to honor a player's exemplary academic efforts. He led ASU in scoring (80 points) and finished 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) in field goals, and was a perfect 53-of-53 on extra points.

In 2006, Ainsworth led the team with 84 points scored, as he converted 14-of-19 field-goal attempts (73.7 percent), with a long of 47 yards. He made all 42 extra-point attempts on the year, stretching his streak to a Pac-10 record 139 consecutive made. He also had 39 of his 70 kickoffs produce touchbacks.

In 49 games at Arizona State, Ainsworth scored 313 points, the second-highest total in school history. He connected on 51-of-73 field goals (69.9 percent) and made 160-of-163 extra-point attempts. He averaged 6.4 points scored per game. He kicked off 221 times for a 63.42-yard average, as opponents managed to return just 88 kicks, with 128 resulting in touchbacks. He also punted 21 times for 735 yards (35.0 avg) with nine attempts that were downed inside the 20-yard line and registered five solo tackles.

Analysis

Positives: Has a tall frame with adequate muscle tone … Solid kickoff and mid-range field goal specialist with steady acceleration approaching the ball … Puts in extra time after practice to hone his craft … Likes to kick in pressure situations, boasting five game-winning kicks on his resume … Hard worker in the weight room, evident by the strength his legs display … Capable open-field tackler who hits with force and shows the foot speed to get down and support in a hurry … Shows good explosion into the ball, demonstrating adequate extension and lift … Has enough power behind his attempts to consistently drive kickoffs into the end zone (128 touchbacks on 221 attempts) … Not used on long distance field goals, but shows fluid movement through the ball and very consistent snap-to-toe mechanics (1.29-1.32 second average) … The ball appears to get very lively coming off his foot and he gets it up with good trajectory for field goals and placements … Has adequate hang time on his kickoffs that generally are in the 4.25-4.3 second range … Has the leg control and accuracy to make kicks from the outside hashes … Blocks out any distractions in his approach to the ball and has never had problems kicking in poor elements … Right-footed soccer style kicker … Shows good courage getting down field to cover kicks and can be aggressive making the tackle.

Negatives: You can see the leg strength on his kickoffs, but it was hard to evaluate his accuracy on long-range field goals, as he has had just three opportunities to kick past 49 yards and missed all three (10-of-25 lifetime from 40 yards out) … Good at getting down field to gain position on the coverage unit, but his hips look too stiff to change direction, lacking range in his pursuit … Can handle punting in an emergency, but was a little slow with his get-off and did not show reliable hands to field the poor snap.

Compares To: JEFF REED-Pittsburgh … Ainsworth is bigger than Reed, but both have enough leg strength to consistently pin the opponent deep in their own territory on kickoffs. ASU did not let Ainsworth have too many long-range field-goal opportunities. While you can see on kickoffs that he has the leg strength, you have to wonder if he can make the long three-pointers, especially considering he has hit on only 10-of-25 field-goal attempts from beyond the 40-yard line.

Career Notes

Holds the school career record with 163 extra-point attempts, topping the old mark of 142 by Danny Kush (1973-76) … His 160 extra points made broke the previous ASU all-time record of 137 by Luis Zendejas (1981-84) … His 53 extra points made in 2005 rank fourth on the school's single-season record list behind Robert Nycz (62 in 1996), Juan Cruz (60 in 1972) and Don (54 in 1971) … Kicked 51 field goals during his career, second in ASU annals to Luis Zendejas (81) … His 18 field goals made in 2004 rank fourth on the Sun Devils' single-season record list, surpassed Zendejas (28 in 1983 and 24 in 1982) and Mike Barth (23 in 2002) … Joined Zendejas (380) as the only kickers in school history to score more than 300 points in a career (313) … Holds the school and Pac-10 Conference record by making 139 consecutive extra-point attempts.

2006 Season

Earned Academic All-Pac 10 Conference honors for the third time … Led the team in scoring with 84 points, connecting on 14-of-19 field goals (73.7%) and all 42 extra point attempts … Kicked off 70 times for a 63.4-yard average … Had 39 kickoffs result in touch-backs, as the opposition returned 30 of them for a 22.8-yard average … Earned Hard Hat Player honors for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program for the third consecutive year (third overall in points).

2006 Game Analysis

Northern Arizona … Ainsworth chipped in five extra points in ASU's 35-14 win over Northern Arizona.

Nevada … The ASU kicker hit a second-quarter field goal from 32 yards out and added seven PATs in the Sun Devils' 52-21 rout of the Wolf Pack.

Colorado … Ainsworth added three extra points in ASU's 21-3 win over the Buffs.

California … Ainsworth duplicated last week's effort, connecting on three extra points.

Oregon … The ASU place kicker booted field goals of 33 and 32 yards and added one extra point in a lopsided 48-13 loss to Oregon.

Southern California … Ainsworth provided three PATs in Arizona's 28-21 loss to USC.

Stanford … Ainsworth hit a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter and chipped in five extra points in the Sun Devils' 38-3 win over Stanford.

Washington … The ASU kicker contributed two PATs in the Sun Devils' 26-23 overtime win over Washington.

Oregon State … Ainsworth kicked a 32-yard field goal and an extra point on the day, both coming in the second quarter.

Washington State … Ainsworth kicked field goals of 47, 46, 34, and 32 yards and added five extra points in ASU's 47-14 victory over WSU … For that performance, he was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week.

UCLA … Ainsworth provided the Sun Devils offense with all of its points, hitting field goals of 45, 35, 20, and 20 yards in ASU's 24-12 loss to the Bruins.

Arizona … The ASU kicker booted four extra points in the 28-14 win over intrastate rivals Arizona.

Hawaii (Hawaii Bowl) … In the final game of the 2006 season, Ainsworth kicked a 44-yard first-quarter field goal and added three PATs in ASU's 41-24 loss to Hawaii.

2005 Season

Was perhaps ASU's most versatile and frequently-used special teams member, serving as the team's place-kicker, punter and kickoff specialist … earned first-team Academic All-Pac-10 honors, posting a 3.58 grade point average … Was presented the Clyde B. Smith award, which is given to honor a player's exemplary academic efforts … Led ASU in scoring with 80 points, as he made 9-of-11 (81.8%) field goals, and was a perfect 53-of-53 on extra points … Enjoyed the most accurate season of his career, as he connected on all nine of his field goal attempts inside 40 yards … Booted 46-of-78 kickoffs for touchbacks, as the opposition returned 29 kickoffs for a 20.9-yard average … Took over punting duties vs. Washington State and had 21 attempts for 734 yards (35.0 avg) and a long of 53 … Nine of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line … Recognized as a Hard Hat player for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program for the second consecutive season (sixth in points).

2005 Game Analysis

Temple … Made nine extra points in the season opener.

Northwestern … Added seven PATs and kicked a 27-yard field goal.

Oregon … Had a 34-yard field goal and two PATs.

Washington State … Kicked 19 & 33-yard field goals to go along with three extra points.

Washington … Averaged 41.7 yards on three punts and booted a 21-yard field goal.

Arizona … Produced field goals of 32 & 20 yards and punted seven times for 261 yards (37.3 avg), as four attempts were downed inside the 20-yard line, including a season-long 53-yarder.

Rutgers (Insight Bowl) … Made a 20-yard goal with four extra points and averaged 39.3 yards on four punts … Also recorded a solo tackle.

2004 Season

All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention … Academic All-Pac 10 second-team choice and ESPN Academic All-District VII choice … Named the Babe Alex Demon Award winner for 2004, given annually to ASU's Special Teams Player of the Year … Ranked second in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation with 1.50 field goals per game … Ld the team in scoring with 94 points … Was second in the league in kick scoring and third in overall scoring (7.8 points per game) … Connected on 18-of-28 field goals and was a perfect 40-of-40 on PAT kicks … Was one of two kickers in the Pac-10 to make all of his PAT attempts … Averaged 64.7 yards per kickoff on the season and recorded 43 touchbacks..

2004 Game Analysis

Connected on both of his field goal attempts vs. Texas-El Paso, including a career-long kick of 48 yards … Converted 3-of-4 field goals with a long of 41 yards at Northwestern. Nnailed a pair of fourth-quarter field goals and recorded a season-high two tackles against the Wildcats … Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week for his role in ASU's win over Iowa, as he tied his career- and season-long with a 48-yard field goal, made all three of his field goal attempts and recorded six touchbacks against the Hawkeyes … Drilled his fourth 40-yard field goal of the season with a 45-yarder vs. Oregon State, as he made 2-of-3 attempts in that game … Recorded season highs in extra points made (six), yards per kickoff average (70.0) and touchbacks (six) vs. Washington State.

2003 Season

Played in all twelve games as a true freshman … Began the season as ASU's kickoff specialist and earned job as full-time kicker … Connected on 10-of-15 field goal attempts and 25-of-28 extra-point attempts, scoring 55 points … Was 8-of-9 on field goals inside the 40-yard line … Ranked eighth in the conference in kick scoring at 4.6 points per game and recorded 16 kickoffs for touchbacks … Had two tackles on the season.

2003 Game Analysis

Drilled a season-long 47-yard field goal at Washington State … Made all eight extra-point attempts and a 43-yard field goal at North Carolina for a season-high 11 points.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.74 in the 40-yard dash … 300-pound bench press … 405-pound squat … 282-pound hang clean … 30-inch vertical jump … 9'6" broad jump … 10.6 percent body fat … 32 1/2-inch arm length … 9 1/2-inch hands … Right-footed soccer style kicker … Right-handed … 28/33 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Sanders … Rated the second-best kicker in the West by PacWestFootball.com … Member of the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100", he earned first-team All-League, All-County and All-C.I.F. honors as a kicker as a senior … Selected second-team All-State that year. He garnered first-team All-League, All-County and All-C.I.F. honors as a junior, and was All-C.I.F. at punter as a sophomore … Averaged 41.1 yards per punt as a senior and was 9-of-15 on field goals, including a longest of 56 yards … Made 41-, 55- and 56-yarders in one game, the first time ever in California a player had two field goals longer than 50 yards in the same contest … Missed three field goals due to blocks and missed from 56 and 62 yards, but hit 17 of 19 extra points as a senior (both misses due to blocks) … As a defensive end, he had 9.0 sacks, 50 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior … Hit 51 of 52 extra points as a junior and was 3-for-6 on field goals … Was also was a standout punter, averaging 35.6 yards with 88 percent not returned that year … Graduated with a 3.7 grade point average.

Personal

Earned his degree (B.S., Justice Studies) following the Fall 2006 semester … Son of Jean and John Ainsworth … Father played football at Cal-State, Northridge … Sister, Jenna, plays soccer at Pepperdine … Born Jesse Jon Ainsworth on 6/02/85 in Thousand Oaks, California.

 
 
 

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