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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Draft Preview: Caleb Sturgis

Draft update 4/27: Miami selected Sturgis in the fifth round of the draft. The incumbent kicker on the Dolphins' roster is Dan Carpenter.

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Florida's Caleb Sturgis. He ranks in the top two in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Sturgis's profile page on the Gators' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • Career 70 made field goals is the most in school history and sixth-most in SEC history
  • Made eight field goals of 50-or-more yards in his career, the most in UF history
  • Has 340 career points, the third-most in school history (11th in SEC history) 
  • 79.5 field goal percentage over his career, the second-most in school history, 10th in SEC history (min. 50 attempts) behind Jeff Chandler (83.8%)
  • SEC co-Special Teams Player of the Year
  • named a All-American, Sporting News All-American, First-Team AP All-SEC, First-Team Special Teams Coaches’ All-SEC
  • Named a finalist for the 2012 Lou Groza Award
  • Three of his four misses were blocked
  • Was also the Gators’ primary kick-off specialist, netting a 63.0 yard average with 31 touchbacks
2011 Junior Season
  • A First-Team Offense AP All-SEC Named a First-Team All-American
  • Second-Team All-American by, Walter Camp, Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated, and AP
  •  Named a finalist for the 2011 Lou Groza Award
  • Was one of only two kickers in FBS to have made three field goals of 50-or-more yards
  • Averaged 66.4 yards per kickoff with 10 touchbacks
2010 Medical Redshirt
  • Was the primary placekicker in the first four games before suffering a back injury that sidelined him for the final nine games of the season
2009 Sophomore Season
  • Named a semifinalist for the 2009 Lou Groza Award
  • Nailed a career-long 56-yard field goal in the first half against Georgia, while also connecting on a 44-yard attempt…It was the second-longest field goal in school history
  • Made the game-winning field goal in the closing seconds of the game vs. Arkansas from 27 yards out…Also connected on 30 and 51-yard field-goal attempts…Was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and the Lou Groza Placekicker “Star of the Week” for his efforts
  • Averaged 64.4 yards on 99 kickoffs with 10 touchbacks.
2008 Freshman Season
  • Handled the kickoff duties for the Gators, averaging 63.7 yards on 90 kicks this season, including 12 touchbacks
High School
  • Played in the Under-Armour High School All-American Game
  • First-team Class 3A all-state honoree at placekicker
  • Converted 13-of-25 field goal attempts his senior year and made 63-of-64 PATs
  • Made 8-of-16 field goal attempts in junior year, but six misses were beyond 56 yards…Made 54-of-57 PATs…
  • Also played forward on St. Augustine’s soccer squad and competed for Julington Creek…Two-star recruit by and earned three-star status by…’s No. 3 kicker nationally

College Stats:
2012: 24 of 28 (85.7%) FGs; 34 of 35 PATs; 106 points
2011: 22 of 26 (84.6%) FGs; 31 of 31 PATs; 97 points
2010: 2 of 4 (50.0%) FGs; 19 of 21 PATs; 25 points
2009: 22 of 30 (73.3%) FGs; 44 of 47 PATs; 110 points
2008: 0 of 0 (0%) FGs; 2 of 2 PATs; 2 points

At this year's NFL Scouting Combine in February, Sturgis talked about weather and job competition:
“We played Florida State and it was practically a hurricane there was so much rain, the field was under water. I think Tebow got all his pictures where he looked like a gladiator with the red all over him. That was probably the worst weather game I ever played in. I don’t believe it was that cold, but the rain was pretty bad....

Obviously you’re going to have to [play in cold weather games in the NFL]. You don’t get to stay in the South the whole time, but I’m looking forward to that challenge....

The margin for error is small because there’s only 32 teams that need your position in the NFL. There’s 32 guys already that are on teams, and there’s probably 20 guys that are veterans that are trying to get back in. You’re definitely trying to prove yourself any time you step out in front of somebody.”

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