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Monday, April 16, 2012

Draft Preview: Dave Teggart

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Connecticut's Dave Teggart. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Teggarts's profile page on the Huskies' website:

2011 Senior Season
  • selected All-Big East Conference First Team 
  • holds the UConn career records for field goals, extra points and points 
  • Scored 13 points, going 4-for-4 on field goal attempts with makes of 35, 45, 53 and 43 yards, in a 35-27 loss at Cincinnati
2010 Junior Season
  • Earned first team All-Big East honors
  • Had two game-winning field goals during the Huskies five-game winning streak to end the regular season...
  • Hit a 52-yard field goal in the final seconds of the USF (Dec. 4) game to give the Huskies a 16-13 win and the BCS appearance...The 52-yarder was a career long, which topped a 50-yarder he had earlier in the game...Kicked four field goals in the USF win...Was named the Big East Special Teams Player of the Week for his game vs. the Bulls
  • Hit a 27-yard field goal on the final play of overtime to lead UConn to a 16-13 win over West Virginia (Oct. 29)...Also earned Big East Special Team Player of the Week honors for that game as he had three field goals vs. the Mountaineers
2009 Sophomore Season
  • Delivered the game winning field goal on final play of the 2009 regular season with a 42-yard field goal against USF (Dec. 5) as time expired
  • hit a 44-yard field goal in the win vs. South Carolina (Jan. 2) which set a new Bowl record
  • kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:10 left in regulation against Notre Dame (Nov. 21) in a game that the Huskies eventually won
2008 Freshman Season
  • moved into the starting kicking role midway through the 2008 season and made his first 11 career field goal attempts - a first in school history
  • in his first career game against Cincinnati (10/25) was a perfect four of four in field goals
  • a two-time BIG EAST Special Team Player of the Week for his performances against the Bearcats and Syracuse (Nov. 15) - when he connected on three field goals
High School
  • Named to the 2006 Worcester Telegram & Gazette and MetroWest Daily News Super Teams
  • Twice named All-League
  • For his career was 18-for-24 on field goals with a long of 47 ... Hit 50 of 51 career extra point tries ... Averaged 41 yards for his 128 career punts with a long of 63
  • Played linebacker as well ... Also started at third base and hit .458 as Algonquin won the state baseball championship in 2006 and was runner-up in 2007... Baseball team captain as a senior

2011: 22 of 28 (78.6%) FGs; 29 of 30 PATs; 95 points
2010: 25 of 31 (80.6%) FGs; 36 of 36 PATs; 111 points
2009: 14 of 23 (60.9%) FGs; 47 of 47 PATs; 89 points
2008: 13 of 15 (86.7%) FGs; 16 of 16 PATs; 55 points

Prior to the Scouting Combine in February, Teggart discussed his limited experience on kickoffs during college:
"In college, no, but I went to that Little Rock, Ark., players' all-star classic and had some good kickoffs," Teggart said. "I mean, it's a matter of — I can't do anything about it now, so I move forward here and need to show them I can do it.... It's not enough for me to do it. I have to show somebody else. It's a show-me game, and as far as field goals, I think I'm as good as anybody. This year, 53 was my long – I was 4-for-4 from 50 this year. I had a 53 this year against Cincinnati and another against West Virginia this year....

I knew that going into it. It's a tough gig and it's not a lot of job security," he said. "But, hey, I chose this business, and if you get the right break, you perform and you get your shot. You take it. You've got to get in somewhere. It's a tough row to hoe, but it's always been my dream and I'm going to make it."

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