Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Gardens HS
CAREER: Senior punter who has improved his statistics every season…One of the most underrated punters in college football…Doesn’t boom his kicks for a big average, but has excellent hangtime, which keeps opposing returners from gaining much yardage…In three seasons, has only 12 touchbacks…Tremendously talented athlete with great potential who could compete for the Ray Guy Award as college football’s best punter…Excellent all-around athlete who also played wide receiver in spring practice and could see action catching passes in the fall…In three seasons, has punted 177 times for a 39.2-yard average, with 57 kicks inside the 20, just 12 touchbacks and a net average of 36.2 yards…Handles the team’s kickoff responsibilities and has a strong leg, with 34 percent of his kickoffs going for touchbacks in 2005…Also held for placekicks last year…As a true freshman in 2003, weathered an up-and-down first season as the Hurricanes’ punter, then showed consistency in 2004, with a turn-around that surprised observers…Liberal arts major.
2005 (JUNIOR): Handled the team’s punting duties for the third straight year…Averaged 39.8 yards on 64 punts, with a career-high 36.9-yard net average…Had just two touchbacks (none in the last 10 games), a personal low and the fewest for a UM punter since that statistic has been kept starting in 1998…Also had a career-high 26 punts inside the 20…His season long was 57 yards…Opponents returned 29 punts for 150 yards, an average of 5.1 yards per return…Also was the holder for Jon Peattie’s placekicks all season and handled the team’s kickoffs all year, making 22 touchbacks on 65 kickoffs…UM opponents averaged only 17.9 yards on his kickoffs…Ranked ninth in the ACC in punting…His only two touchbacks were in the first two games (Florida State and Clemson)…Had one-third of his punt return yardage in the opener (49 by Florida State)…Had a season-high five touchbacks on kickoffs vs. Duke…Had no punts returned in back-to-back games (Temple and North Carolina)…Kicked his season long, a 57-yarder at Wake Forest…Kicked off eight times at Wake Forest, with four touchbacks…Punted a season-high 10 times vs. Georgia Tech, tying his career high, with a season-best four kicks inside the 20 and no touchbacks (had five punts returned for minus-23 yards)…In the Peach Bowl vs. Louisiana State, punted eight times for a 43.0 average, a season-high four fair catches and a 55 long. Had four kicks returned for 46 yards, almost one-third of his season total.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 12 games as the team’s punter and also handled kickoffs most of the season…Punted 64 times for a 41.2-yard average and 36.8 net average…Had 20 kicks inside the 20 (nearly doubling his 2003 total, and 11 of them inside the 10-yard line), with only seven touchbacks…Had 26 kicks returned for only 140 yards, an average of just 5.4 yards per return…Averaged 40.0 yards per punt or more in six of 12 games…Ranked sixth in the ACC in punting…Started the season with a 42.6-yard average vs. Florida State, with three inside the 20 and a long of 60 yards…Registered four kicks inside the 20 at Houston…Allowed 63 yards in returns vs. Clemson, which was more than half of his entire 2004 total of 123 yards returned…Had a career-best 67-yard punt vs. Wake Forest…Also handled kickoff duties for much of the season.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 13 games…Averaged 35.7 yards on 49 punts, with 11 kicks inside the 20-yard line…Opponents returned punts for just 107 yards…Averaged 52.0 yards against Temple, including a then-career-best 56-yard punt…Had two punts of 50 or more yards against Syracuse…Connected on a then-career-high seven punts for 244 yards against Rutgers…Averaged 40 or more yards in games against Louisiana Tech (46.0), West Virginia (42.4), Florida State (40.2), Temple (52.0) and Syracuse (42.0)…Also handled kick-off duties for much of the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Palm Beach Gardens…Excellent combination punter/kicker…Two-time winner of the high school version of the Lou Groza Award, awarded annually to the outstanding kicker/punter in high school football by the Palm Beach County Sports Association…As a senior in 2002, averaged 44.2 yards per punt…Also made five of seven field goal attempts in 2002, with a long of 40 yards…As a junior in 2001, averaged 45.6 yards per punt and made two of five field goal attempts, including a 47-yarder…One of the Palm Beach area’s top recruits by the Palm Beach Post…Chose Miami over Florida State, Ohio State and Boston College…Coached by Tim Tharp.
BRIAN MONROE’S CAREER STATISTICS
BRIAN MONROE’S CAREER HIGHS
Punts 10 (3 games; last: vs. Georgia Tech 2005)
Punting yards 456 (vs. Clemson 2004)
Average 47.3 (vs. Syracuse 2003, 3 kicks)
Long 67 (vs. Wake Forest 2004)
Touchbacks 2 (2 games; last: vs. Wake Forest 2004)
Kicks inside the 20 4 (3 games; last: vs. Georgia Tech 2005)
BRIAN MONROE’S 2003 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
|at Louisiana Tech||1||46||46.0||46||0||0||0||0||0|
|at Boston College||6||211||35.2||40||0||0||3||0||2|
|at Florida State||4||161||40.3||42||0||0||1||0||1|
|at Virginia Tech||6||188||31.3||47||0||0||0||0||1|
|Florida St. (Orange Bowl)||4||98||24.5||48||0||0||0||0||1|
BRIAN MONROE’S 2004 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
|at Georgia Tech||6||251||41.8||50||0||0||2||2||2|
|at North Carolina State||4||177||44.2||51||0||0||2||0||2|
|at North Carolina||4||156||39.0||46||0||1||1||0||1|
|Florida (Peach Bowl)||5||200||40.0||47||0||0||1||3||1|
BRIAN MONROE’S 2005 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
|at Florida State||7||269||38.4||47||1||1||2||2|
|at Virginia Tech||4||181||45.2||53||0||0||0||2|
|at Wake Forest||6||237||39.5||57||0||0||1||2|
|LSU (Peach Bowl)||8||344||43.0||55||0||0||4||1|