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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Draft Preview: Tyler Campbell

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Mississippi's Tyler Campbell. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Campbell's profile page on the Rebels' website:

2013 Senior Season
  • Ended his career with the second-best punting average in school history (44.6), trailing only Merle Hapes (46.0)
  • Finished with 10,075 career punting yards, third-most in school history
  • vs. Southeast Missouri (9/7/13): Punted twice for an average of 52.0 yards, with both landing inside the 20, and received CFPA National Punter of the Week honorable mention
  • at Texas (9/14/13): Punted three times for a 55.0 average, including a career-long boot of 75 yards
  • at #1 Alabama (9/28/13): Punted six times for a 44.0 average with three inside the 20
  • vs. Arkansas (11/9/13): Three punts for a 46.7-yard average with one inside the 20, and made the tackle on one punt
  • Music City Bowl vs. Georgia Tech (12/30/13): Punted five times for an average of 42.4 yards with two inside the 20 and a long of 68
2012 Season
  • Did not see action and was redshirted
2011 Junior Season
  • All-SEC honorable mention (Associated Press)
  • second in the league with 28 punts downed inside the 20
  • vs. BYU (9/3): Booted four punts for an average of 56.8 yards, including a career-long punt of 73 yards and one inside the 20
  • at Vanderbilt (9/17): Punted six times for an average of 44.5 yards, including a long of 62 and three pinned inside the 20
  • vs. Georgia (9/24): Tied a career high with nine punts for a 50.8 average, downing three inside the 20
  • at Mississippi State (11/26): Averaged 47.8 yards on six punts, downing three inside the 20
2010 Sophomore Season
  • NCAA punting champion with a 46.37-yard average, becoming the 19th NCAA statistical individual champion in Ole Miss history
  • Named All-SEC second team by the Associated Press 
  • Booted 19 punts over 50 yards and five punts of 60 or more yards, including a season-long kick of 69 yards at LSU
  • at Tulane (9/11): Punted four times for an average of 46.0, including a 60-yarder ... One punt inside the 20
  • vs. Kentucky (10/2): Punted a career-high eight times for a 43.2-yard average and a long of 58 yards ... Also posted two solo tackles on special teams
  • at Alabama (10/16): Booted eight punts for a career-high 383 yards (47.9 average) with a long of 58 yards ... Two punts inside the 20
  • at Arkansas (10/23): Punted six times for an average of 51.8, with a season-best 66-yarder
  • at Tennessee (11/13): Punted seven times for an average of 48.4 yards with four inside the 20 and one touchback
  • vs. Mississippi State (11/27): Tied a career high with eight punts for 47.2-yard average ... Booted a long of 62 and downed two punts inside the 20
2009 Freshman Season
  • Named SEC All-Freshman by the SEC Coaches 
  • No. 2 punter in the SEC and No. 12 in the NCAA (43.95 ypp)
  • Booted nine punts of 50-plus yards ... Pinned 13 punts inside the 20-yard line
  • vs. Alabama (10/10): Recorded five punts for a 45.6 yard average and a career long of 71 yards, the longest by a Rebel since 2001
  • Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma State (1/2): Punted five times with an average of 47.0 ypp and a long of 51
High School
  • A PrepStar All-Region selection
  • Named to the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team 
  • Named to the Arkansas Coaches' Association All-Star team 
  • Averaged 39.7 yards per punt as a senior and 53.0 yards per punt as a junior


College Stats:
2013: 51 punts, 44.4 yard average, long of 75 yards
2011: 72 punts, 43.6 yard average, long of 73 yards
2010: 60 punts, 46.4 yard average, long of 69 yards
2009: 43 punts, 44.0 yard average, long of 71 yards

Two summers ago, Campbell discussed the beginnings of his punting career:
“I started playing in seventh grade. Every little boy wants to play football, and seventh grade is when my school started so I just started playing.... Actually in seventh grade I was a running back. It just so happened we all lined up and I kicked the ball the furthest, so I became the punter that way. In high school I also played linebacker and punted. I realized punting would be my best option to pursue a career. I wasn’t going to go anywhere playing linebacker, and I just realized that punting would be my best option."

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