#23 Ben Erdman 6-2 / 180 / P/K Senior Cleveland, N.C. West Rowan HS
2099 (Jr.): Played in all 11 games as Coastal Carolina's punter and holder ... Average 33.1 yards on his 51 punts ... Punted five times versus Towson, getting two fair catches and pinning Tigers inside their own 20 twice ... Best game was versus Stony Brook, punting six times with an average of 40.7 yards per punt and getting his season-best boot of 56 yards.
2008 (So.): Was Coastal Carolina's punter in all 12 games, garnering his second letter ... Punted 48 times for an average of 38.0 yards per punt, leading the Big South Conference and earning him first team All-Big South honors ... Earned Big South Special Teams Player of the Week after he was a key part in the Chanticleers' victory at Gardner-Webb ... Averaged 40.3 yards per kick, including a 48-yarder, and pinned the Bulldogs inside the 20 three times while allowing only one punt return on the day ... Had a season-long 54-yard boot at Penn State, part of his career-best single game 43.0 yard average in eight punts ... Pinned opponents inside their 20 on 13 occasions.
2007 (Fr.): Punted for the Chants in all 11 games, garnering his first letter ... Had 46 punts for a 35.2 yard average, including 13 inside the 20 and none blocked ... Hit a career-best 59-yard punt against Presbyterian, one of six punts that included three fair catches ... Made two tackles with one each at James Madison and at Liberty ... Also had 25 kickoffs for a 55.4 yard average.
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Lettered in football his final three years at West Rowan, helping the Falcons win three consecutive conference titles ... Earned NCPreps.com Class 3-A All-State accolades as a kicker, as well as All-County and All-Piedmont honors as a punter from the Charlotte Observer his senior year ... In 2006 led the state of North Carolina in punting with 41.7 yards per punt, earning Prokicker.com No.1 high school punter in the nation rating and the team's Special Teams Player of the Year honor ... Also ranked eighth in scoring among kickers with 75 points (51 extra points, eight field goals) ... Was the All-County and All-Conference kicker his junior year ... Played varsity baseball for his final two seasons and also lettered in varsity tennis as a freshman ... Was also the 2006 Career/Technical Student of the Year and U.S. Marines Corps Distinguished Athletic Award.
Personal: Son of Rich and Lou Ann Erdman.
Erdman's Career Punting Statistics
GP No. YDS Avg. Long TB FC 50+ i20
2007 11 46 1620 35.2 59 6 13 1 13
2008 12 48 1822 38.0 54 7 10 3 13
2009 11 51 1689 33.1 59 2 7 1 9
Total 34 145 5131 35.4 59 15 30 5 35