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Brandon Coutu

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 187 | College: Georgia
 
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Overview

One of the steadiest place-kickers in college football, Coutu has been limited by leg problems the past two years. He still managed to finish sixth in school history in scoring with 262 points. He also ranks fifth in Bulldogs annals by making 51 field goals and 109 extra-point attempts.

Known for his powerful kicking leg, his hamstring problems the last two years was evident in his lack of strength on kickoffs. After having 40 of his 139 kickoff attempts sail out of the end zone during his first two years at Georgia, only seven of his 82 tries during his final two campaigns were ruled touchbacks.

At Collins Hill High School, Coutu earned All-American first-team honors as a punter. He added Gwinnett Daily Post All-County first-team accolades as a place-kicker and was a member of the Touchdown Club of Atlanta Class 5A All-State team as a senior. He was named a Who's Who in Sports All-Star, as he averaged 40.6 yards on 40 punts in his final season, setting the county record with a 75-yard punt. He also connected on 19-of-19 extra points and 9-of-9 field goals, including a 47-yarder that year.

As a junior, Coutu averaged 38.9 yards on 59 punts, made 30-of-32 extra points and 11-of-17 field goals, including a long of 48 yards, earning Class 5A All-State first-team honors as a punter by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association. He was a four-year letterman on the soccer team as a forward, being named All-County in his junior and senior seasons, as he holds the record for most goals scored (48) in school history.

Coutu red-shirted as a freshman at Georgia in 2003. He mostly handled kickoff chores in 2004, with 62 attempts for a 60.5-yard distance average, as 43 were returned for 737 yards (17.1 avg). He made 2-of-3 field goals and all three PATs for 9 points.

In 2005, Coutu was selected All-Southeastern Conference first-team by the league's coaches. His 114 points scored rank fifth on the school's single-season record list, as he made 23-of-29 field goals and all 45 extra point tries. Fifty-four of his 77 kickoffs (61.6-yard distance average) were returned for an 18.4-yard average, as 22 of those attempts were ruled touchbacks.

Coutu played in just five games during 2006 before sitting out the rest of the season with a torn right hamstring. He finished with 47 points on 10-of-11 field goals and 17-of-17 PATs. He kicked off 15 times for a 64.2-yard distance average and six touchbacks, as the opposition averaged 20.2 yards on nine returns.

Coutu was having a relatively injury-free 2007 campaign, picking up All-SEC honorable mention, but re-injured his hamstring in the season finale vs. Georgia Tech. He hit on 16-of-21 field goals and 44 conversions for 92 points. Only one of his 67 kickoffs resulted in a touchback, as he had an average distance of 59.0 yards, resulting in 61 of his kicks being returned for a 19.9-yard average.

In 43 games at Georgia, Coutu scored 262 points, the sixth-best total in school history. He was successful on 51-of-64 field goals (79.7 percent) and all 109 extra-point tries. He was good on 5-of-11 field-goal attempts from 50 yards or longer. He kicked off 221 times for a 60.68-yard distance average, as 47 of those kicks resulted in touchbacks and 167 others were returned for an 18.7-yard average.

Analysis

Positives: Has a relatively strong leg, despite a noticeable drop-off in his kickoff distance and trajectory in 2007 … Shows enough range to kick from beyond the 40-yard distance (made 17-of-22 field goals from 40-49 yards and 5-of-11 from 50+ yards during his career) … Does not show any wasted steps in his approach to the ball, generally getting good leg extension … Has some natural pop in his legs and while he can be quicker in his approach, he has had no blocked kick issues … Gets the field-goal attempts up and out of harm's way, doing a nice job of getting those attempts above the out-stretched arms of the kick blockers … Consistently kicks the ball high up into the air of field goals and conversions (had problems with trajectory on his 2007 kickoffs) … Gets adequate hang time on his kickoffs … Very accurate lining up his kicks and the ball travels quickly to the goal post … Can kick from both hashes, but will struggle some kicking into the wind … Good pressure kicker who is never rattled and thrives when the game is on the line … Not very aggressive as a tackler, but shows adequate wrap-up ability … Works hard after practice and is a good team player … Shows good leg quickness and flexibility in his kick swing, putting good force behind his attempts when making contact … Smart player who takes well to hard coaching … .Right-footed soccer style kicker.

Negatives: Lacks ideal leg muscle development and definition … Has had right hamstring problems the last two years, greatly reducing his leg strength on kickoffs (had just seven touchbacks on 82 kickoffs the last two years after having 40 on 139 tries his first two seasons) … Does not have the speed or strength to get downfield to support the coverage unit … Needs to generate a quicker snap and approach on field goals (looked quite methodical in his approach as a senior, which led to five misses) … His kickoffs lacked rise and distance as a senior (kickoffs were an average of 5.2 yards shorter in 2007 than in 2006) … Had some issues kicking into the wind as a senior.

Compares To: JEFF WILKINS-ex-St. Louis … Like Wilkins, Coutu has mysteriously lost several yards of distance on his kickoffs the last two years. He showed great leg strength earlier in his career, but those hamstring issues might need further evaluation before a team invests a draft pick here.

Career Notes

Ranks sixth in school history with 262 points scored, topped by Billy Bennett, (SEC record 409 points, second in the NCAA, 2000-03), Kevin Butler (353, 1981-84), Herschel Walker (314, 1980-82), Kanon Parkman (282, 1991, 93-95) and Rex Robinson (269, 1977-80) … His 109 ext6ra points made rank fifth in Georgia history behind Billy Bennett (148, 2000-03), Allan Leavitt (125, 1973-76), Kevin Butler (122, 1981-84) and Hap Hines (117, 1996-1999) …

Made 51 field goals during his career, ranking behind Billy Bennett (NCAA record 87), Kevin Butler (77), Kanon Parkman (61) and Rex Robinson (56) on the school's all-time record list … Scored 114 points in 2005, the fifth-best season total in UGA annals behind Billy Bennett (SEC record 131 in 2003 and 130 in 2002), Garrison Hearst (126 in 1992) and Herschel Walker (120 in 1981) … Made 23 field goals in 2005, ranking third on the school's single-season record chart behind Billy Bennett (NCAA record 31 in 2003 and 26 in 2002) … Was successful on 45 extra point tries in 2005, the third-best season total in UGA annals, topped only by Billy Bennett (52 in 2002) and George Jernigan (47 in 1946) … His 44 extra points made in 2007 rank fourth on that single-season record list.

2007 Season

All-Southeastern Conference honorable mention … Named a Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Star of the Week vs. Alabama … Scored 92 points on 16-of-21 field goals (76.19%), as he made all 44 extra point tries … Good on 6-of-11 field goal tries of 40 yards or longer … Kicked off 67 times for 3,952 yards (59.0-yard distance average), but had just one of those attempts be ruled a touchback, as three kicks went out of bounds and 61 were returned for 1,214 yards (19.9 avg) … Also recorded two tackles (one solo).

2007 Game Analysis

Oklahoma State … Opened the season with five PATs, as he did not attempt a field goal, but had an average distance of 62.2 yards on six kickoffs, as all six were returned for 132 yards.

South Carolina … Made 4-of-5 field goals, good for 33, 44, 39 and 34 yards, missing on a 48-yarder, as all five of his kickoffs (65.2-yard distance) were returned for 109 yards.

Western Carolina … Coutu booted six conversions and a 37-yard field goal, as all eight of his kickoffs (65.1 avg) were returned for 211 yards.

Alabama … Missed on field goals of 50 and 47 yards, but connected on 45 and 47-yarders, along with two PATs, as all five kickoffs (59.6 avg) were returned for 80 yards.

Mississippi … Had all six kickoffs returned (60.2 avg) for 128 yards, as he made six extra points and a 20-yard field goal.

Tennessee … Did not have any field goal tries, making a pair of extra points while seeing one of two kickoffs returned for 16 yards.

Vanderbilt … Made 31 and 37-yard field goals while missing on a 49-yarder, adding two PATs and averaged 59.2 yards in distance, as all four kickoffs were returned for 75 yards.

Florida … Coutu's only field goal try was a 56-yard miss, but he connected on six PATs, but had all seven kickoffs (57.6 avg distance) returned for 138 yards.

Troy … Scored 14 points on five conversions and field goals of 36, 46 and 26 yards, nd had seven of nine kickoffs (53.1 avg) returned for 124 yards.

Auburn … Added nine points on a 46-yard field goal and six conversions, as five of his eight kickoffs (52.5 avg) were returned for 68 yards.

Kentucky … Booted a 46-yarder and three PATs, as all five kickoffs (58.2 avg) were returned for 93 yards.

Georgia Tech … Had a conversion and a 45-yard field goal before suffering a right hamstring strain.

Hawaii (Sugar Bowl) … Closed out his career with 45 and 47-yard field goals, adding five PATs.

2006 Season

Recipient of the Aldredge-Kimberly Football Scholarship … Played in the team's first five games, but suffered a torn right hamstring vs. Mississippi, missing the rest of the regular season … Returned in time to handle placements in the Chick-Fil-a Bowl … Finished with 47 points, as he made 10-of-11 field goals (90.9%) and all 17 extra point tries … Had nine of 15 kickoffs (64.2-yard distance average) returned for 182 yards (20.2 avg) and six of those attempts resulted in touchbacks.

2006 Game Analysis

Western Kentucky … Made six extra points with 37 and 30-yard field goals and had five of nine kickoffs (65.2 avg) returned for 89 yards, coming up with four touchbacks.

South Carolina … Added field goals of 46, 46 and 42 yards, as all four kickoffs (61.5 avg) were returned for 93 yards.

Alabama-Birmingham … Successful on field goals of 55 and 38 yards, adding four extra points.

Colorado … Missed on a 53-yard field goal, but made two conversions.

Mississippi … Had two extra points before tearing his right hamstring.

Virginia Tech (Chick Fil-a Bowl) … Returned to kick field goals of 39, 51 and 28 yards.

2005 Season

Named first-team All-Southeastern Conference by the Associated Press and the league's coaches, adding All-American third-team recognition by the Associated Press … .Semi-finalist for the Lou Grioza Award, given to the nation's top kicker … Led the Sec and ranked eighth in the nation in scoring with 114 points, connecting on 23-of-29 field goals (79.3%) and all 45 extra point attempts … Kicked off 77 times for 4,747 yards (61.6-yard distance average), with 22 attempts being ruled touchbacks and one going out of bounds … Had 54 of those kickoffs returned for 994 yards (18.4 avg).

2005 Game Analysis

Boise State … Began the season with six conversions and field goals of 43 and 24 yards.

South Carolina … Added a 32-yarder and a pair of PATs.

Louisiana-Monroe … Drilled a 58-yard field goal, which tied for third in school history and set the Georgia record for the longest field goal without a tee, adding other three-pointers of 40 yards, once in the second quarter and again in the third, while making five extra points … Named one of the Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award Top Three Stars for the Week for his performance.

Mississippi State … Had a pair of 23-yard field goals, along with a 27-yarder and two extra points.

Kentucky … Connected on a 56-yard field goal.

Louisiana State (SEC Championship) … Kicked 22 and 51-yard field goals.

2004 Season

Mostly handled kickoffs, making 2-of-3 field goals and all three conversions for 9 points … Kicked off 62 times for 3,749 yards (60.5 avg), with 18 attempts ruled touchbacks, while six others sailed out of bounds … Had 43 kickoffs returned for 737 yards (17.1 avg) … His first career field goal was a 44-yarder vs. Georgia Tech, adding a 20-yarder vs. Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl.

2003 Season

Red-shirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2001: Fractured his left leg in December.

2006: Missed the final seven regular-season games after tearing his right hamstring vs. Mississippi (9/30) … Originally hurt that hamstring two weeks earlier vs. Alabama-Birmingham (9/16).

2007: Suffered a right hamstring strain that forced him to leave the Georgia Tech game (11/24).

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.0 in the 40-yard dash … 300-pound bench press … 410-pound squat … 243-pound power clean … 28 1/2-inch arm length … 8 1/4-inch hands.

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

High School

Attended Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Larry Sherrill … Earned All-American first-team honors as a punter … Added Gwinnett Daily Post All-County first-team accolades as a place-kicker and was a member of the Touchdown Club of Atlanta Class 5A All-State team as a senior … Named a Who's Who in Sports All-Star, as he averaged 40.6 yards on 40 punts in his final season, setting the county record with a 75-yard punt … Also connected on 19-of-19 extra points and 9-of-9 field goals, including a 47-yarder that year … As a junior, Coutu averaged 38.9 yards on 59 punts, made 30-of-32 extra points and 11-of-17 field goals, including a long of 48 yards, earning Class 5A All-State first-team honors as a punter by both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association … Four-year letterman on the soccer team as a forward, being named All-County in his junior and senior seasons, as he holds the record for most goals scored (48) in school history.

Personal

Sociology major … Born 9/29/84 … Resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

 
 
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