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43   Graham Gano
Graham Gano

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pensacola, FL

High School:
Tate

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 192

Position:
K/P


2008

· Lou Groza Award winner as the nation's top place kicker.

· Finished first in the FBS for field goals made, percentage of field goals converted and 50-yard field goals made.

· One of only two kickers in college to make over 90% of his field goal attempts in 2008.

· Highest scoring kicker in America and fourth overall in the FBS in scoring.

· Rivals.com, Scout.com and CBS Sports first team All-American.

· Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sporting News, SI.com and Phil Steele second team All-American.

· Believed to be the only punter ever to be named the MVP of a bowl game when he was named the Most Valuable Player in the Champs Sports Bowl.

· Gano punted five times versus Wisconsin and put four inside the 20 yard line. His first three punts of the game in the first quarter all landed inside the three yard line.

· Earned All-ACC First Team honors.

· Four-time ACC Specialist of the Week for his kicking performances against NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Maryland.

· Two-time Lou Groza Star of the Week honoree for his performances in Florida States victories over NC State and Clemson.

· Offensive special teams player of the year for the Seminoles as selected by the Florida State coaching staff.

· Led the ACC in field goals per game with a career-high 2.2 field goals per game average.

· The most successful kicker in the ACC in 2008 he made 92.3 percent of his field goal attempts (24 of 26) and led the league in field goals made with 24.

· The ACC's leading scorer with 105 points and a 9.5 points per game average.

· Only kicker in FSU history to convert over 90% of his field goals in a season.

· The Seminoles single season record holder for 50 yard field goals.

· Finished second for career 50-yard field goals at FSU despite kicking for just one season.

· Was slated to become the first kicker in Bobby Bowden's 33 years at Florida State to handle field goals, kick-offs and punts.

· Two weeks before the start of the Seminoles' season tore the meniscus in his right knee.

· Following surgery and rehab, Gano was back on the field after missing just two games.

· Made 18 consecutive field goals covering 55 days after missing his first career field goal attempt against Wake Forest.

· Made five straight attempts from 50 yards or longer

· Only two misses on the year came from 50 and 52 yards.

Junior Year (2007): Florida State's punter and kickoff specialist for the second consecutive season who played in all 13 games including the Seminoles' game against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...fi nished the 2007 season as the 17th best punter in college football as he averaged a career-high 43.4 yards per punt...marked the second consecutive season he had averaged more than 40 yards per punt...dropped a career-high 19 punts inside the 20- yard line...helped the Seminoles' defense tremendously as their opponents completed only 17 scoring drives after a Gano punt (29 percent)...those scoring drives averaged nearly 69 yards per drive...three or more punts marked inside the 20 yard line in four different games including four against Wake Forest...his careerlong punt of 64 yards came in the Seminoles' victory over No. 2 ranked Boston College on the road and in the rain...launched two punts of 60 yards or better (61 and 64 yards) against the Eagles to mark the first time in his career that he has had multiple punts of 60 yards or better in a game...also launched a 63-yard punt against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...averaged 40 yards or more per punt in 10 of his 12 games...averaged better than 45 yards per punt in fi ve different games including a 57.0 average on three punts against Kentucky, a 49.5 average on four punts against Boston College and a 46.8 average on eight punts against Colorado...a career-high of 16 punts traveled 50 yards or more including all three of his kicks against Kentucky and three of his eight against Colorado...a standout kickoff specialist who handled 63 of Florida State's 69 kickoffs during the season...totaled 12 touchbacks on 63 kickoffs (19 percent) and did not have a kickoff returned for a touchdown for the second consecutive season... recorded the longest run by a punter during the Bobby Bowden era as he raced 24 yards against Clemson on a fake punt.

Sophomore Year (2006): Played in all 13 of the Seminoles' games including their Emerald Bowl victory over UCLA...named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List as one of the nation's top punters... averaged 40.8 yards per kick as the Seminoles' starting punter and recorded 22 touchbacks on 68 kickoffs...did not have a punt blocked on any of his 67 attempts...averaged 40 or more yards per punt in eight of the Seminoles' 13 games of the season...after averaging 37.2 yards per punt on 16 punts in his first three games of the season, he averaged 43.7 yards per punt on 49 punts during the final nine games of the season...he was not called upon to punt against Duke as Brent Moody handled the two Seminole punts in the victory over Duke...was under 40 yards per punt during one of only one of those fi nal 10 games of the season...totaled 11 punts of 50 yards or more with three coming against Wake Forest and two against Clemson...season-long punt of 63 yards came against Wake Forest in the rain...killed 17 of 63 punts (27 percent) inside the 20-yard line with a career-high three inside the 20-yard line against Clemson...multiple kicks marked inside the 20-yard line to pin the Seminoles' opponent in six different games including two against Miami in the season opener...career-high nine punts for a 44.4 yards per punt average against Wake Forest...averaged a career-high 47.5 yards on four punts against Boston College...averaged 38.8 yards per punt on six punts during the Seminoles' Emerald Bowl victory over UCLA in a game that marked his fi rst bowl appearance as Florida State's punter...kicked 68 times with 22 (32.4 percent) reaching the endzone for a touchback...kicked just three punts out of bounds for the entire season in 67 punts...handled all kickoffs except for two squib kicks by Gary Cismesia against Florida in the final game of the regular season.

Freshman Year (2005): Played in six games including the Seminoles' game against Virginia Tech in the inaugural ACC Championship game and their Orange Bowl game against Penn State...the Seminoles kickoff specialist over the fi nal six games of his true freshman season...opponents had an average starting position of their own 24 yard line following his kickoffs...only twice did an opponent assume position beyond their own 40 yard line after one of his kicks...made a touchdown saving solo tackle of Maryland's Jo Jo Walker at the 38-yard line after a 60- yard return...totaled fi ve touchbacks in 26 kickoffs...totaled two touchbacks against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game and two in the Orange Bowl against Penn State.

High School: Graduated from Tate High School in 2005...an All-America First-Team selection by USA Today...a three-star player and the nation's third ranked kicker by Rivals.com...played in the CaliFlorida All-Star game and kicked a 50-yard fi eld goal in the game...kicked a state record 65-yard fi eld goal as a senior...during his senior season he kicked three fi eld goals over 55 yards (57, 64 and 65 yards) and had a 67-yard made field goal negated by a penalty...36 of his 38 kickoffs were touchbacks and he averaged better than 42 yards per punt as a senior...his high school coach, Charlie Armstrong, is the son of Florida State's fi rst ever baseball coach ...selected Florida State over Florida, UCF and Southern Miss.

Personal: Born April 9, 1987 in Arbroath, Scotland...major is criminology...last name is pronounced ga-KNOW.

FG G Att Made Lg Pct

2005 3 0 0 0 0.0

2006 13 0 0 0 0.0

2007 13 0 0 0 0.0

2008 11 26 24 53 92.3

TOTAL 40 26 24 53 92.3

PUNT G No. Yards Lg Avg

2005 3 0 0 0 0.0

2006 13 67 2736 63 40.8

2007 13 59 2563 64 43.4

2008 11 22 939 58 42.7

TOTAL 40 148 6238 64 42.1

Career-Highs

FG Attempt 4, at NC State, 2008

FG Made 4, at NC State, 2008

Longest FG 53, two times last at NC State, 2008

FG in a Row 18, Wake Forest through Boston College, 2008

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