CAREER: Joined the Crimson Tide as a walk-on in the summer of 2010, earned the starting job and eventually a scholarship ... has improved his production each season at the Capstone, turning in his best season to date in 2013 … started 52 games and averaged 42.6 yards per punt in his career, which ranks fourth in school history ... garnered Freshman All-SEC honors in 2010 and first team All-SEC accolades as a senior in 2013 ... punted 169 times with 58 inside the 20-yard line and 43 of 50-plus yards … set the single-season school record for punting average (minimum 50 punts) in 2012 with a 44.3-yard average and then averaged 47.1 on 39 punts in 2013 to rank second in program annals among punters with at least 25 punts.
2013 (SENIOR): Leds the nation in net punting at 42.43 yards per punt … semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award and Burlsworth Trophy ... first team All-SEC by the Associated Press and second team by the league coaches ... Ray Guy Award National Player of the Week following the Mississippi State game ... averaged 47.1 yards on 39 punts (1,791 yards) that ranked second in the SEC … was even better in SEC play at 48.8 yards per kick to lead all punters … booted 14 punts of over 50 yards and four over 60, with a long of 63 … forced eight fair catches and pinned opponents inside the 20 on 15 occasions … nine of those punts were downed inside the 10-yard line, a rate of 23.0 percent, which is among the top 10 nationally ... had seven touchbacks and allowed only 13 punt returns all season for 58 yards, a 4.5 yards-per-return average ... due to Alabama’s offensive efficiency, averaging only 3.00 punts per game, which did not meet the required 3.6 to qualify for national rankings ... would have tied for second nationally if he had enough punts ... a five-time Special Teams Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff (Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Mississippi State & Oklahoma). Virginia Tech: Averaged 46.4 yards per punt on nine attempts, with a long of 61 yards … pinned four inside the 20-yard line and had four punts of over 50 yards … forced two fair catches. Texas A&M: Posted a career-best 53.0-yard average on three punts … had a long of 60 yards, with two over 50. Colorado State: Pinned one punt inside the 20-yard line, with a long of 53 yards while averaging 45.0 on five kicks. Ole Miss: Averaged 46.2 yards on five punts ... landed three punts inside the Rebels 20-yard line, with one downed inside the one-yard line (the Tide defense forced a safety on the next play, extending the lead to 18-0) ... forced one fair catch and had a long punt of 56 yards. Georgia State: Punted once for 42 yards, pinning the Panthers inside the 20-yard line. Kentucky: Kicked once for the second straight week, booting his only attempt 47 yards for a touchback. Arkansas: Punted only once, booting a 51-yarder that resulted in a fair catch. Tennessee: Averaged 40 yards on two punts with a long of 42 against the Vols ... pinned one inside 10-yard line, at the eight ... also kicked off for the first time in 2013, resulting in a touchback. LSU: Punted twice for a 43.5-yard average, with a long of 44 ... first punt was downed at the 14-yard line and one forced a fair catch. Mississippi State: Ray Guy Award National Player of the Week after averaging 55 yards on four punts ... three punts were over 50 yards, two were over 60... downed two inside the 10 and posted a net average of 53.8 yards per punt ... average Bulldogs starting field position was the 11 yard line ... the 63-yard punt was downed at the two-yard line and the 61-yard punt at the three. Chattanooga: The Tide offense was never forced to punt ... did hold on two extra points. Auburn: Was officially credited with two punts for an average of 51.0 yards … hit punts of 52 and 50 yards and placed one inside the 20-yard line … did have one punt partially blocked … forced one fair catch and had one touchback. Oklahoma: Earned Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his efforts … averaged 43.5 yards on four punts, downing one punt at the OU 1-yard line … also forced on fair catch.
2012 (JUNIOR): Handled the punting duties and turned in a strong season ... punted 50 times for 2,214 yards … his average of 44.3 yards per punt set an Alabama single-season record (min. of 50 punts) ... ranked fifth in the SEC in punting average … did not have the required 3.6 punts per game (missed by one punt) to rank in the NCAA listings, but would have been 15th nationally ... dropped 19 punts inside the 20-yard line ... had 14 kicks of 50-plus yards, with a long of 61 and another 60-yard punt against Texas A&M ... forced 13 fair catches and allowed only 18 returns for an average of 6.5 yards per return (117 yards; long return of 14) ... Alabama ranked 17th nationally in net punting, at 39.54 yards per kick. Michigan: Named one of the specialists of the week by the Alabama coaching staff, after averaging 47 yards on four kicks in the win against the Wolverines ... drilled a long punt of 59 yards, totaling two over 50 while placing two inside the 20. Western Kentucky: Totaled five punts for 224 yards, averaging 44.8 per kick ... had a long of 48 and placed two inside the 20 ... also rushed the ball for 18 yards, converting a first down on a broken play. Arkansas: Punted only twice for 70 yards. Florida Atlantic: Punted once but placed it inside the 20, on a 29-yard kick. Mississippi: Kicked three punts for 123 yards (41 per kick) ... registered one fair catch on the night. Missouri: Punted four times for 152 yards ... nailed one punt over 50 yards (53) and had two inside the 20-yard line. Tennessee: Had two punts twice for 88 yards, including a long of 49. Mississippi State: Named one of the specialists of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... punted five times for 211 yards (average of 42.2) ... nailed a career-long 61-yard punt and drilled three inside the 20. LSU: Named one of the specialists of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... punted a season-high seven times for 316 yards, holding a 45.1 average against the Tigers ... had two punts over 50 yards and another two placed inside the 20. Texas A&M: Named one of the specialists of the week by the coaching staff ... averaged a career-best 56.5 per punt on four punts ... nailed four punts over 50 yards, including two that went for 60 yards. Western Carolina: Punted twice for an average of 42.0 yards ... dropped one punt inside the 20-yard line ... his long punt was 46 yards. Auburn: Averaged 48.5 yards on two punts against Auburn (long of 50) ... pinned one punt inside the 20 and forced one fair catch. Georgia: Punted five times for an average of 41.8 yards (long of 48) ... left three inside the 20, forced three fair catches and one touchback (only one returned, for seven yards). Notre Dame: Averaged 49.2 yards per punt … punted four times for 197 yards, with a long of 55 yards and two over 50 yards … dropped two punts inside the Fighting Irish 20-yard line.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): Punted 39 times for 1,534 yards, with an average of 39.3 yards per punt ... recorded 11 punts inside the 20 and forced 17 fair catches. Kent State: Punted three times for 127 yards for an average of 42.3 ... tallied a long of 47 yards and nailed one inside the 20. Penn State: Recorded six punts for 223 yards for an average of 37.2, with a long punt of 44 yards. North Texas: Punted only once for 35 yards. Arkansas: Punted six times for 225 yards for an average of 37.5 ... tallied a long of 44 yards. Florida: Punted five times for 199 yards, averaging 39.8 per kick ... drilled all five punts inside the 20. Vanderbilt: Punted three times for 118 yards for an average of 39.3 per kick ... booted one punt over 50 yards. Mississippi: Had one punt for 44 yards on the road against the Rebels. Tennessee: Punted twice for 81 yards (average of 40.5). LSU: Placed both punts inside the 20 against the Tigers ... averaged 39.5 yards per kick. Georgia Southern: Did not play because the Tide was never forced to punt. Mississippi State: Punted four times for an average of 37.2 yards per kick ... placed one punt inside the 20. Auburn: Named one of the Specialists of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... punted three times for an average of 40.3 yards per punt ... nailed one punt inside the 20. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Produced his best game of the season with a 44.3 yards per kick average on three punts ... equaled his season long with a 52-yard boot ... allowed only one punt return for one yard.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Earned the punting duties for the Crimson Tide as a walk-on true freshman … garnered Freshman All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches ... started all 13 games and punted 41 times for 1,607 yards, averaging 39.2 yards per punt … recorded nine punts of over 50 yards and had 13 downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. San Jose State: Recorded three punts for 122 yards for an average of 40.7 yards … registered a long of 52 yards. Penn State: Punted three times for 111 yards for an average of 37 … nailed one punt inside the 20-yard line. Duke: Punted twice for 81 yards for an average of 40.5 … tallied a long of 47 yards. Arkansas: Punted three times for 137 yards for an average of 45.7 yards ... had one punt of 59 yards and kept the Razorbacks inside the 20 on two occasions. Florida: Punted four times for 161 yards ... averaged 40.2 yards per punt with a long of 53 yards. South Carolina: Covered 68 yards on two punts for a 34-yard average and a long of 53. Mississippi: Punted five times for 191 yards and a total of 38.2 yards per kick ... drilled two punts over 50 yards and placed four attempts inside the 20. Tennessee: Punted twice for 94 yards, averaging 47 yards per punt with a long of 51. LSU: Punted a career-high six times for 246 yards, averaging 41 yards per punt ... drilled one punt over 50 yards and nailed two inside the 20. Mississippi State: Punted four times for 153 yards, averaging 38.2 yards per punt. Georgia State: Had to punt one time, getting off a kick of 29 yards, inside the 20. Auburn: Booted four punts for an average of 39.2 yards ... drilled one punt inside the 20 and had a long kick of 47 yards. Michigan State (Captial One Bowl): Was not needed until the second half as the Tide scored on each first-half possession ... punted twice for 79 yards for a 39.5-yard average.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: A recruited walk-on for the Crimson Tide … Scout.com ranked him as the country’s fifth-best punter in the 2010 recruiting class … was the nation’s No. 22 punter by ESPNU … averaged 45.5 yards per kick as a senior in 2009 for Acadiana High School and produced touchbacks on 77 percent of his kickoffs … averaged 43.0 yards per kick as a junior in 2008, with a long of 56 yards … also served as the place-kicker in 2007 and 2008, connecting on 72-of-76 extra points and 1-of-4 field goals … coached by Ted Davidson … chose Alabama over LSU and Tulane.