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Freddie Capshaw

position

Punter

Height

5-11

Weight

190 lbs.

Class

Junior

Hometown

Rock Springs, WY

High School

Rock Springs HS

CAREER: One of the finest punters in Miami history…exceptional punter who consistently punts for distance and accuracy…has shown drastic development as a directional punter during his Miami career…one of the nation’s finest punters…a two-time All-BIG EAST selection (2000 & 2001), Capshaw earned BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week four times during his career…has scored a touchdown via a run (on a botched field goal snap against Florida State in 2001) and has thrown a touchdown pass (this season at Syracuse).

 

2002 (SENIOR): Overcame a slow start to post one of the finest seasons in UM history…averaged 41.2 yards per punt, the 7th best season ever by a Miami punter…placed 15 of his 53 punts (28.3 %) inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and pinned opponents inside their 10 on eight occasions…averaged 45.4 yards over the final four games of the regular season and 46.9 yards over the final three games of the season…averaged 43.3 yards per punt on three attempts in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State…had his best game of the season in the finale against Virginia Tech, averaging 48.0 yards on three attempts, including one pinned inside the Tech 20…averaged 47.0 yards on four attempts at Syracuse, including two 50+-yard punts and one downed inside the 20…also threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Sean Taylor on a fake punt against Syracuse…averaged 46.2 yards on five punts against Pittsburgh…averaged 41.8 yards on five punts against Tennessee…had a 52-yarder against the Volunteers…punted seven times for a 36.3-yard average, including a best of 44 yards, in the win at Rutgers…averaged 43.0 yards on four punts, including a 48-yarder, at West Virginia…punted eight times for a 35.6-yard average against Florida State, including a 50-yarder…averaged 45.5 yards on two punts against Connecticut…punted three times for a 42.3-yard average against Boston College…pinned Temple inside its own 20 twice in three attempts…averaged 42.2 yards on six punts, including a 47-yarder, and pinned the Gators inside their 20 on three occasions.

 

2001 (JUNIOR): Was one of three Ray Guy Award finalists…averaged 41.8 yards per punt in his junior season…named First-Team All-BIG EAST for the second consecutive season by the league’s head coaches…was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Florida State after averaging 48.2 yards on four punts, including a 55-yarder…also served as the holder on field goals and scored a touchdown on a 7-yard run after a bad snap on a field goal attempt in Miami’s 49-27 win at Florida State…the former prep running back was the No. 2 rated running back prospect in Wyoming during his senior season at Rock Springs High School…placed 15 of his 36 punts (36 %) inside the opponent’s 20-yard line…posted 11 punts of 50+ yards in 36 attempts (30.3 %)…had eight of his 36 punts (22.2 %) reach the opponent’s end zone.

 

2000 (SOPHOMORE): Winner of Miami’s Nick Chickillo Award recognizing the team’s most improved player in 2000…turned one of the team’s major concerns entering the season into one of the Hurricanes’ strongest assets…led the BIG EAST Conference and ranked 12th in NCAA Division 1A in punting average with a mark of 43.2 yards on 49 attempts…had nine punts of 50+ yards during the season and placed seven punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line…distinguished himself as one of the nation’s most improved punters as he led the BIG EAST in punting average…played a vital role in helping Miami’s defense by consistently booming his punts to allow for better field position, regularly pinning opponents deep in their own territory…averaged 40 yards or better per punt in 10 of 11 games and twice exceeded an average of 50 yards per kick…totaled 2,119 yards on 49 punts…was clutch in Miami’s most important games, averaging 41.3 yards on seven attempts vs. Florida State, 43.1 yards on eight attempts vs. Virginia Tech and 40.4 yards on five attempts at Washington…averaged 50.2 yards per punt on four punts vs. Pittsburgh to earn BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week honors…averaged 50.5 yards on two attempts in the season finale vs. Boston College…averaged 44 yards on two attempts in Miami’s 37-20 win over Florida in the Nokia Sugar Bowl, pinning UF deep inside its territory to set up an eventual UM score in the fourth period.

 

1999 (FRESHMAN): Averaged 39.6 yards per punt for the season…totaled 1,865 yards on 47 punts…had 14 punts land inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and a long of 60 yards…following his start at Florida State, he was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week…punted six times for 293 yards (43.8 yards per punt) against FSU with three punts landing inside the 20…two of his punts landed at the Seminole three and his 57-yard punt in the third quarter was the best of the game…became the starting punter when Andy Crosland was shifted to concentrate on his field goal and kickoff duties.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Rock Springs…Casper Tribune Super 25…First-Team All-State defensive back and punter…also named Second-Team All-State as a kickoff return man…All-Conference at running back as a senior…co-captain during his senior season…National Honor Society member… coached by Carl Romanowski.

 

PERSONAL: Born 12/27/79…pursuing a double major in marketing and finance…full name is Freddie Gene Capshaw…son of Rob and Jan Anderson.

CAPSHAW’S CAREER BESTS

Punts 9 (at Boston College, 1999)
Average 51.0 (Rutgers, 1999)
Yards 345 (Virginia Tech, 2000)
Long 61 (Virginia Tech, 2000)

CAPSHAW’S 2002 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS

Opponent No. Yards Avg. LP Blk TB FC 50+ I20
Florida A&M 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
at Florida 6 253 42.2 47 1 0 3 0 3
at Temple 3 98 32.7 45 0 0 1 0 2
Boston College 3 127 42.3 46 0 0 0 0 0
Connecticut 2 91 45.5 47 1 0 0 0 0
Florida State 8 285 35.6 50 0 0 1 1 2
at West Virginia 4 172 43.0 48 0 1 2 0 1
at Rutgers 7 254 36.3 44 1 1 0 0 1
at Tennessee 5 209 41.8 52 0 1 0 2 1
Pittsburgh 5 231 46.2 50 0 0 0 1 2
at Syracuse 4 188 47.0 59 0 0 1 2 1
Virginia Tech 3 144 48.0 49 0 0 0 0 1
Ohio State 3 130 43.3 44 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 53 2182 41.2 59 3 3 8 6 15

CAPSHAW’S CAREER STATISTICS

            In   had Ret. Net Net
Year G-S No. Yards Avg. LP 20 50+ blk Yards Yards Avg.
2002 13-13 53 2182 41.2 59 15 6 3 284 1898 35.8
2001 11-11 36 1503 41.8 59 15 11 2 78 1425 39.6  
2000 11-11 49 2119 43.2 61 7 9 0 170 1949 39.0
1999 10-9 47 1865 39.7 60 14 7 0 184 1681 35.8
Totals 45-44 185 7669 41.5 61 51 33 5 726 6953 37.6