Everette Brown was the only Florida State player drafted during last weekend's two-day NFL draft. While the draft was a quiet one for the Seminoles, there was a flurry of activity on Sunday night and Monday with a slew of former 'Noles including Graham Gano, Tony Carter and Kenny Ingram signing...[details]
2008 (Senior):At Florida State: Slated to become the first player in school history to handle all of the kicking duties (punting, placements and kickoffs) during the 2008 season...Blue Ribbon All-ACC preseason team...named the top punter in the ACC by the Sporting News...has been Florida State's punter (42.1 yards per punt average) and handled all of the kickoff duties (39 touchbacks on 157 punts) in the last two seasons (2006 and 2007) and is expected to add the extra point and field goal duties to his resume in 2008...has kicked off and punted for the Seminoles in 32 games dating back to the middle of the 2005 season...the top returning punter in the ACC and the ninth leading returning punter in the BCS for the 2008 season...enters the 2008 season with an 11-game streak with at least one punt of 50 yards or more in each game...earned All-ACC honorable mention honors by Phil Steele in 2007...named to the All-Florida first team by the Miami Herald...has launched four punts of 60 yards or more (one in 2006 and three in 2007)...has not had a punt blocked during his career.
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...finished 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 career-long 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 five 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 final 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 first 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 final 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 five 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 field goal in the game...kicked a state record 65-yard field goal as a senior...during his senior season he kicked three field 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 first 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.
Positives: Very versatile and can do it all - proved himself a quality kicker and punter. Excellent backspin on punts. Stole the show in the Champs Sports Bowl by dropping four punts inside the 4-yard line and can place the ball with precision. Looks natural as a placekicker. Good range and accuracy. Showed toughness by playing through injury. Negatives: Thinly built. Does not have extensive experience after sitting behind Gary Cismesia for two seasons. Can hasten his get-off as a punter. Will have to prove capable of handling wind and variable weather conditions. Summary: Emerged as a senior and was very consistent. Versatile jack-of-all trades capable of changing games by flipping the field. Grade: Late draftable prospect.