A two-year place-kicker/punter who transferred to Texas from Penn State in August 2012 ... rebounded from an injury-plagued 2012 season in resounding fashion ... a 2013 consensus All-American ... became the first Lou Groza Award finalist in school history on Nov. 25, 2013 and first UT All-America kicker since 1986 (Jeff Ward) when he was voted to the 2013 Walter Camp First Team ... also voted a first team All-American by AFCA and FWAA ... just the second UT place-kicker to make the AFCA team (Jeff Ward, 1986) and first to earn a spot on the FWAA First Team ... voted a second team All-America selection by AP, SI.com and CBSSports.com, and third team by Athlon ... a two-time semifinalist the Lou Groza Award (2011 and 2013) and three-time member of the watch list ... earned 2013 first team All-Big 12 honors (AP, coaches, San Antonio Express-News, Athlon, Sporting News, ESPN.com) ... second place-kicker in Texas history to earn a spot on the AP and coaches All-Big 12 First Team (Phil Dawson - 1996) ... earned the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Specialist Trophy.
Has connected on 36 of 43 field goals (83.7 percent) and is 88-for-91 on extra-point attempts during his career ... has punted 185 times for 7,643 yards for an average of 41.3 yards, including 63 inside the 20 and 33 of 50-plus yards ... has also kicked off 94 times for 6,242 yards (66.4 average) with 29 touchbacks ... selected to play in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game ... a candidate for the 2011 Ray Guy Award ... named first-team All-Big Ten at punter by ESPN.com and second-team all-conference by the media and coaches in 2011 ... connected on 14 of 17 field goals (82.4 percent) and was 20 of 20 on extra points, scoring a team-high 62 points that season ... averaged 42.0 yards on 64 punts, with 18 inside the 20 and 12 of 50 or more yards ... also handled 45 of the team's 55 kickoffs, with 10 touchbacks ... named second-team freshman All-America in 2010 ... punted 46 times for an average of 41.4 yards, including 13 inside the 20-yard line, 19 fair catches, and nine of 50-plus yards ... also kicked off 49 times with 19 touchbacks.
Served as the No. 1 place-kicker and punter in all 13 games ... first consensus All-America place-kicker and Lou Groza Award finalist in school history ... was named a semifinalist for the Groza Award on Nov. 4 and a finalist on Nov. 25 ... first team All-America selection from Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association and FWAA ... the second Walter Camp All-America place-kicker in school history (Russell Erxleben, 1978), the second placed on the AFCA team (Jeff Ward, 1986) and first to earn a spot of the FWAA First Team ... first UT All-America place-kicker since 1986 (Jeff Ward - AFCA team) ... just the fourth UT specialist, punter or kicker to make first team All-America (also Erxleben, Ward, and PK Happy Feller - Sporting News in 1970) ... earned the Cllege Football Performance Awards Specialist Trophy ... a second team All-America pick by AP, SI.com and CBSSports.com, and a third team All-America choice from Athlon ... earned first team All-Big 12 honors from the AP, coaches, San Antonio Express-News, Athlon, Sporting News and ESPN.com ... also earned honorable mention honors from the coaches as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year ... only second place-kicker in Longhorn history to earn first team All-Big 12 honors from AP and the coaches (Phil Dawson-1996) ... shared the team's Frank Denius Most Valuable Special Teams Player Award with Leroy Scott ... hit 20 of 22 field-goal attempts ... ranks second on the UT all-time single-season field goal accuracy list (90.9 percent) and seventh nationally in field-goal percentage (minimum 20 attempts).
Had a school record streak of 15 straight field goals snapped vs. Baylor ... that mark is the fourth longest in the FBS on the season and tied with Phil Dawson (1996-97) on the UT all-time consecutive list ... has made 14 of 15 field goals when the game featured a score within seven points, including 6-for-7 in three-point games ... averaged 8.1 points per game ... tallied 105 points ... 32 of his 75 punts (42.7 percent - 11th in the FBS) had gone inside the 20 and 41 have been fair caught (54.7 percent) ... only three touchbacks on the season ... hit all eight extra-point attempts and averaged 45.7 yards on three punts, including a 68-yard punt, against New Mexico State ... earned the team's special teams player of the game award vs. the Aggies ... made all three point-after attempts and averaged 43.8 yards on eight punts, including a 61-yarder, vs. BYU ... hit both extra-point attempts, all three field goals tries, including a 47-yarder, and averaged 43.2 yards on five punts against Ole Miss ... made all three extra-point attempts, one of two field goals and averaged 42.0 yards on four punts vs. Kansas State ... hit all four extra-point attempts, one field goal and averaged 43.9 on eight punts, including five inside the 20 (three inside the 10), against Iowa State ... named honorable mention for specialist of the week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play vs. the Cyclones ... hit 3-for-4 extra point attempts, three field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder, and averaged 31.0 on three punts, two were fair catches, vs. Oklahoma.
Hit all three extra-point attempts, three field goals, and averaged 40.0 on seven punts, including only second touchback of season, against TCU ... named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the week and honorable-mention national place-kicker of the week by the CFPA for his play vs. the Horned Frogs ... hit all five extra-point attempts and averaged 35.2 on five punts, including two inside the 20, vs. Kansas ... hit all five extra-point attempts, had a career-high four field goals, a career-best 17 points and averaged 42.8 on six punts, including three inside the 20, against West Virginia ... named a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week, Big 12 Special Teams co-Player of the Week and UT special teams player of the game for his performance vs. the Mountaineers ... made the one extra-point attempt, two field goals, and averaged 44.6 on five punts, including three that were 50 yards or longer, vs. Oklahoma State ... hit all five extra-point attemts, two field goals, including a 49-yarder, and averaged 32.4 on five punts against Texas Tech ... his performance against the Red Raiders earned him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week and honorable mention specialist of the week by the College Football Performance Awards ... made the one extra-point attempt, one of two field goals, and averaged 38.3 on a career-high tying nine punts vs. Baylor ... had a first attempt, a 44-yarder in the first quarter, blocked, snapping a school record streak of 15 straight field goals ... hit a 42-yard FG in the second quarter ... made the one extra-point attempt and averaged 42.1 on seven punts, including two 50+ yarders, against Oregon.
Played in six games ... missed the first four games with a groin injury and was never completely healthy the rest of the season ... member of the Lou Groza Award watch list ... saw his first action vs. West Virginia, connecting on 1 of 2 field goals and hitting all six extra-point attempts ... made a 38-yard field goal and missed from 41 yards ... hit all eight of his point-after attempts vs. Baylor and all three vs. Kansas ... made all four point-after attempts and added a 42-yard field goal against Texas Tech ... was 2 of 3 on point-after attempts and had a 32-yard field goal attempt blocked against Iowa State ... missed the Kansas State game with a hip injury ... did not see action vs. TCU and Oregon State.
Selected as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award ... named first-team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com as a punter ... chosen second-team All-Big 10 by the media and coaches ... also a candidate for the Ray Guy Award ... connected on 14 of 17 field goals (82.4 percent) and was 20 of 20 on extra points, scoring a team-high 62 points ... was 11 of 11 on field goal attempts inside 40 yards ... averaged 42.0 yards on 64 punts, with 18 inside the 20 and 12 of 50 or more yards ... also handled 45 of the team's 55 kickoffs, with 10 touchbacks ... ranked third in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (82.4), fourth in punting average (42.0) and fifth in field goals made (1.17 per game) ... became the first Nittany Lion since Chris Bahr in 1975 to be the starter for field goals, kickoffs and punts when he did so against Eastern Michigan in the fourth game ... maintained those roles the rest of the season ... also became the first Nittany Lion to be selected Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week three times in a season.
Booted three punts for a 47-yard average against Alabama and dropped two punts inside the 20 against Temple, averaging 43.2 yards per kick, including a game-long punt of 55 ... was 3-for-4 on field goals and placed three punts inside the 20 at Indiana to earn Big Ten Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors for the first time ... had five punts that averaged 43.8 yards, including a 58-yard effort against Iowa ... gained his second conference honor in three weeks by averaging 44.5 yards on six punts, including a 69-yard punt in the final three minutes to pin Purdue at the 1-yard line ... made a 30-yard field goal with seven minutes to play and punted eight times, with two inside the 20 against Illinois ... broke his Penn State career long for field goals twice in the win at Ohio State, connecting from 43 yards and 46 yards, the latter on the final play of the first half, for a 20-14 lead and the eventual winning score ... also placed three punts inside the 20 against the Buckeyes to claim Big Ten weekly honors for the third time in seven games ... punted five times for a 46.2-yard average, with a long of 55 yards and three punts inside the 20 in rainy conditions at Wisconsin ... punted nine times against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl, averaging 41.6 yards with a long of 55.
Selected a 2010 second-team Rivals.com Freshman All-American ... punted during the first 10 games, including handling kickoff duties ... missed the last two regular-season games against Indiana and Michigan State following an emergency appendectomy on Nov. 17 ... punted 46 times for an average of 41.4 yards, including 13 inside the 20-yard line, 19 fair catches, and nine of 50-plus yards ... also kicked of 49 times with 19 touchbacks ... launched a career-long 74-yard punt, the fourth-longest attempt in Penn State history and the team's longest since 2004, in the fourth quarter against Iowa ... punted a career-high nine times vs. the Hawkeyes ... averaged 44 yards on six punts against Illinois, including a long of 53 yards ... averaged just over 45 yards per punt at Minnesota, including a 61-yarder ... four of his six punts against the Golden Gophers were downed inside the 20-yard line ... knocked two punts inside the 20 against Northwestern, including one that landed at the Wildcats' seven-yard line in the fourth quarter to assist a comeback ... averaged 44.2 yards on six punts at Ohio State, with a long of 54 yards and one punt downed at the Ohio State 4 ... returned against Florida in the Outback Bowl following his appendectomy, punting three times for a 38.7-yard average with a long of 52 yards.
Coached by Robin Kirk at St. Pius X ... selected as a 2008 Under Armour All-American ... earned first-team all-state honors as a junior and senior ... connected on 37 of 39 on PAT attempts and 8 of 9 on field goals, with a long of 58 yards as a senior ... registered touchbacks on 55 of his 60 kickoffs ... also averaged 44.1 yards on 36 punts.
Born in Philadelphia ... father, Tony, played football and wrestled at Widener University in Chester, Penn. ... earned his kinesiology degree from Penn State in December, 2013 and on pace to receive one in physical culture and sport from Texas in May, 2014 ... hobbies include working out, hunting and watching movies.