PRO CAREER: Enters third campaign with Chicago (2014-15), hitting 141 punts for 6,204 yards (44.0 gross avg), landing 48 punts inside the 20 with 7 touchbacks, 2 blocked punts and 532 return yards for a net average of 38.7 in 31 games... Ranks 2nd in net punting avg (since 1976) (39.7 in 2015), 4th in gross punting average (44.2 in 2015) and tied for 6th in punts inside the 20 (since 1976) (28 in 2015) in Bears single-season history... Named to the PFWA's and Mel Kiper's ESPN All-Rookie teams following the 2014 season.
HONORS AND AWARDS: 2014 - All-Rookie (PFWA & Mel Kiper).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Chicago Bears in the 6th round (191st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft... Signed 4-year contract with the Bears (5/13/14)... SIGNED through 2017
2015 SEASON: Hit 70 punts for 3,097 yards (44.2 avg) with 28 inside the 20, 4 touchbacks and 197 return yards for a 39.7 net average in 15 contests... 39.7 net punting yards ranks 2nd in Bears single season annals, 44.2 gross punting yards rank 4th and 28 punts downed inside the 20 rank tied for 6th... Hit a career-long 72-yard punt in Game 3, the longest punt by a Bears player since Brad Maynard had a 75-yarder in the series finale of the 2002 season (12/2902 vs. TB)... Missed Game 4 due to a knee injury. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 15-0
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2014 - Finished rookie campaign connecting on 71 punts for 3,107 yards (43.8 gross avg) with 20 punts downed inside the 20, 3 touchbacks, 1 blocked punt and 335 opponent return yards for a 37.7 net avg... 43.8 gross punting average was seventh highest in Bears single-season history... Named to PFWA and Mel Kiper's ESPN All-Rookie team.
COLLEGE: Appeared in 54 games for Cincinnati (2009-12) and Miami (2013)... Had 234 punts for 10,168 yards (43.5 avg) with 78 punts downed inside the opponent's 20 yard line... Set Miami's single-season record for yards-per-punt average (47.1)... Was named to various all-ACC teams following the 2013 season... Was also named the Hurricane's Special Teams MVP.
PERSONAL: Three-year letter winner at both football and track and field at Palm Beach Central HS (Wellington, FL)... Averaged 45 yards on punts and had 95-percent touchback rate of kickoffs... Earned first-team all-state and all-district honors as a senior... Co-winner of 2008 Lou Groza Award for top kicker in Palm Beach County... Played in 2009 Outback All-Star Game... Made 7 field goals as senior, including long of 52 yards.
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