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Monday, March 26, 2012

Draft Preview: Carson Wiggs

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Purdue's Carson Wiggs. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Wiggs' profile page on the Boilermakers' website:

2011 Senior Season
  • Hit 67-yard field goal in Purdue's 2011 spring game
  • Senior Bowl: Made 27, 32, and 28 yard field goals in the game and missed a 37-yarder. He averaged 64.2 yards on five kickoffs, two of which went for touchbacks.
2010 Junior Season
  • Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
  • made final eight straight field goals, with a long of 52
  • averaged 65.2 yards on kickoffs, including 11 touchbacks, to help Purdue lead the Big Ten in kickoff coverage
2009 Sophomore Season
  • Lou Groza Award watch list (nation's outstanding kicker)
  • co-recipient of team's Most Valuable Player Award for special teams (also Robert Maci)
  • broke own school record with 59-yard field goal vs. Toledo on Sept. 5 ... it marked the nation's longest field goal of the season ... 
  • named Star of the Week by Lou Groza Award and Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking four field goals vs. Ohio State on Oct. 17 (27, 32, 49 and 55 yards)
2008 Freshman Season
  • first successful field goal was school-record 53-yarder (since broken) at Ohio State on Oct. 11
High School
  • Ranked as No. 4 kicker nationally by ESPN.com and No. 11 by Rivals.com
  • participated in Under Armour All-Star Game in January 2008
  • made 15 of 23 field goals and 67 of 69 PAT attempts for career

2011: 19 of 25 (76.0%) FGs; 39 of 40 PATs; 96 points
2010: 15 of 19 (78.9%) FGs; 27 of 27 PATs; 72 points
2009: 14 of 21 (66.7%) FGs; 40 of 41 PATs; 82 points
2008: 8 of 11 (72.7%) FGs; 19 of 21 PATs; 43 points

Wiggs discussed his prospects and preparation at last month's Scouting Combine:
"A lot of people say seventh round, maybe. It blows my mind to think I could get drafted. I watch all those guys in New York. Obviously, I'm not going to be there. But I see that situation and have a chance to be in similar shoes....
I'm not sure there's a lot more preparing to do. I've kicked in some of the biggest venues: the Big House (Michigan), Ohio State, night games, you name it. I've had chances at game-winning kicks. For the most part, this just enables them to see us in person, see how that ball jumps off our foot."

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