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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Draft Preview: Jeremy Shelley

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Alabama's Jeremy Shelley. He ranks in the top ten in one of the draft rankings.

Excerpts from Shelley's profile page on the Crimson Tide's website:

2012 Senior Season
  • his 172 career point afters is the Crimson Tide career record
  • was a semifinalist for the Low Groza Award
  • Mississippi: Named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... was a 4-for-4 on field goals, connecting on a season-long 38-yarder ... also was perfect on his three extra-point tries
2011 Junior Season
  • his five field goals in the BCS National Championship Game were the second-most in school history and a BCS Bowl game record... accounted for 15 of the Tide's 21 points ... was good on 5-of-7 tries ... hit from 23, 34, 41, 35 and 44 yards ... had a 42-yard try blocked and pushed a 41-yard attempt just to the right ... clanked his only extra-point attempt off the right upright ... five field goals tie for the second most in school history and was also an Alabama bowl game record
2010 Sophomore Season
  • Shelley played in all 13 games and handled all the short field goal duties
  • Arkansas: Was named one of the Special Teams Players of the Week by the coaching staff ... drilled a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to pull Alabama within three ... was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra point attempts. 
  • Michigan State: Connected on all seven extra-point attempts in the Tide's 49-7 victory over the Spartans in the Capital One Bowl.
2009 Freshman Season
  • Shelley served as the backup place-kicker for the Crimson Tide
  • made his collegiate debut late in the Chattanooga game but missed his only attempt on the season ... converted his only extra point attempt.
High School
  • was 10-of-13 on field goal attempts as a senior at Broughton with a long of 48 yards ... connected on 41-of-42 extra points
  • averaged 40.0 yards per punt for the Capitals with two boots of 60 yards and 20 downed inside the opponents 20-yard line

College Stats:
2012: 11 of 11 (100%) FGs; 69 of 69 PATs; 102 points
2011: 21 of 27 (77.8%) FGs; 52 of 54 PATs; 115 points
2010: 12 of 16 (75.0%) FGs; 50 of 51 PATs; 86 points
2009: 0 of 1 (0%) FGs; 1 of 1 PATs; 1 point

While his role was limited to short range field goals in college, Shelley has had the opportunity to work on longer kicks at events in recent months.
"This time period has given me the opportunity to work on that more than when I was playing at Alabama, when I didn't have to necessarily work as far back because I wasn't going to be hitting those anyways. This has gotten me to the point where I'm extremely comfortable hitting from back there and getting extremely consistent out there as well as keeping my consistency I always had inside....

I know what I can do, I know what I've done and I know what I'm able to do. I just got to go out and do that."

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