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Friday, March 21, 2014

Draft Preview: Andrew Furney

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Washington State's Andrew Furney. He ranks in the top ten in several of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Furney's profile page on the Cougars' website:

2013 Senior Season
  • All PAC-12 Honorable Mention (Coaches)
  • 7-of-8 from inside 40 yards and 7-of-9 from 40-49 yards. 
  • Furney hit the game-winner from 41 yards to help the Cougars beat No. 25 USC for the first time since 2002 and he later recorded three makes in each of the wins over California and Utah
  • He owns the third-most makes (46) in school history, the third-most 50+ yard kicks (4) and second highest field goal percentage (76.6, 46-60) in school history
2012 Junior Season
  • named All-Pac-12 second team
  • hit 60-yard field goal, second longest in Pac-12 and WSU history, as time expired in first half against Eastern Washington
  • hit all three field goal attempts in Apple Cup win over Washington, made from 21 and 45 yards before kicking game-winner from 27 yards in overtime...named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week following the Apple Cup victory
2011 Sophomore Season
  • posted the best field goal percentage (.875) in WSU single-season history
  • was 7-for-7 on attempts 30 yards or more including 5-for-5 from 40+ yards
  • was 2-for-2 including a season-long 51-yarder in the season opener against Idaho State
  • was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goals at UCLA, connecting from 21, 26, 21 and 47
  • was 2-for-2 in the snow against Utah, including game-tying 17-yarder as time expired to send game into overtime
  • named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award
2010 Freshman Season
  • earned starting role for final three games of season
  • was two-for three against California, making field goals of 51 and 48 yards
High School
  • Sophomore & junior years named Associated Press All-State First Team (2A)
  • Senior year tied the state record for most made field goals with 14 (20 attempts), including eight of 40-plus yards and a season-long of 47...went a perfect 44-of-44 on PATs...also recorded 17 touchbacks on 59 kickoffs
  • his 33 career field goals set the all-time state record
  • also punted for Burlington-Edison.

College Stats:
2013: 16 of 20 (80.0%) FGs; 49 of 50 PATs; 97 points
2012: 14 of 20 (70.0%) FGs; 25 of 26 PATs; 67 points
2011: 14 of 16 (87.5%) FGs; 39 of 41 PATs; 81 points
2010: 3 of 5 (60.0%) FGs; 18 of 18 PATs; 27 points

Last October, Furney discussed the beginnings of his kicking career in high school and heading into college:
"My first field goal attempt ever I hit a 42-yarder. In high school, it was like 'oh my gosh....

I wanted to go to the Pac-12 and play against the big teams and in the huge stadiums. In my eyes, that's college football.... I had so many people tell me that I wasn't good enough. It made me want to go to the biggest stage I could and prove everyone wrong....

I remember it was really cool because we were out there and at first there was just one of the graduate assistants. And then I started kicking. It was funny because he would get on his phone and call someone else down to watch and by halfway through the workout, the whole staff was down there."

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