Chris Jones hauled in the game's only score on a throw from Tyler Keene
Spring Game is April 9 at 1 pm
2016 (So.): Played in all 12 games, serving as the starting punter and was the holder the second half of the season … His punting average of 39.0 ranks second on the CCU single-season list with the record being 39.3 … Only nine of his 45 punts were returned and just one was a touchback while 22 were fair caught and 19 pinned opponents inside their own 20 … Was the team’s Special Team MVP three times … First, averaged 43.0 yards on eight punts at #4 Jacksonville State, including a long of 48, with three being fair caught and three pining the Gamecocks inside their own 20 … Added a kickoff … Second, averaged 40.3 yards on three punts versus #10 Charleston Southern with two fair catches and one inside the Bucs’ own 20 … Third, averaged a season-best 44.7 yards on his three punts versus Bryant, including a 49-yarder, with all three punts pinning the Bulldogs inside their own 20 … Had two 50-yard punts, including a 52-yarder at Lamar and a 50-yarder versus Central Connecticut … Versus Gardner-Webb, had six punts, five fair caught, and all four of his punts versus Liberty were fair caught … Made his lone PAT attempt in the Florida A&M win.
2015 (Fr.): Served as the starting punter, but missed the Byrant game due to injury ... Helped CCU rank first in the NCAA FCS in punt return defense as opponents only attempted one return all season got zero yards ... Average 36.2 yards on his 33 punts with 10 fair catches, 13 pinning opponents inside their own 20 with just one touchback ... Named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week as he averaged 41.7 yards on his three punts with all three punts coming to rest inside the South Carolina State 20 yard line ... His first two punts versus the Bulldogs -- one covering 46 yards and one covering 48 -- pinned the Bulldogs' on their own 15 yard line ... His third punt was good for just 31 yards, however, Coastal was on the SCSU 32 yard line and the ball was downed on the Bulldogs' six-inch line ... Of his three punts versus Western Illinois, had one for 51 yards and one for a season-long 52 yards while averaging 47.1 yards per punt ... Also had a 52-yard punt versus Monmouth ... Had a season-high seven punts (34.0 average) at Liberty ... Named to the 2015-16 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named to the WPDE All-Zone and WBTW All-Blitz teams … Made 48-of-51 extra points and 12-of-20 field goals to score 84 points … Has made field goals and punted kicking both left and right footed and prefers right footed … Had 87 kickoffs and 77 touchbacks … Averaged 37.3 yards on his 40 punts … Played at Kings Academy through his junior season … Prior to his senior season was the top-rated kicker in South Carolina and 57th-best placekicker in the nation by recruiting analyst Chris Sailer … For his sophomore and junior years, made 14-of-18 field goals with a long of 47 … Averaged nearly 44 yards per punt … Also plays baseball.