HOT DRAFT PROSPECT 09
Thomas Morstead, SMU Punter / Kicker
Drafted by Saints 5th Round by New Orleans Saints 09
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Story on Player - Academic All American -
Updated Nov. 24, 2008:
- Had 4 points (1 PAT, 1 FG) and now has 211 for his career, which is tied for fifth at SMU with Redman Hume (1926-28) - Had a 52-yard punt and has had at least one 50-yard punt in 32 of the last 35 games - Hit a 39-yard FG, now is 9-of-12 for the season and 35-of-50 for his career. He is 17-of-21 between 30-39 yards
Personally trained and rated as one of top 3 Draft Prospects rated by Paul Assad, Pro College Football Player Development and Scouting. Excellent size and strength and technically sound. Very efficient using hybrid technique empahasizing leverage and speed vs body generated movement thru the ball. Has steadily improved kick off ability and field goals making him yet more valuable. Should be the first specialist taken. Already, invited to Shrine All Star Game. Should get a Senior Bowl and NFL Combine Invite soon. Says he will be training in CA after his fall season in preparation for events. Rated No. 1 Specialist Draft Prospect 2008 by Pro Football Weekly.
More on Player:
Closing in on National Records. Already, SMU No. 1 Punter and just 5 kicks from becoming All Time Kicker.
PRACTICE TRAINING VIDEO SIDE VIEW / FRONT VIEW / 3 STEP KICK OFF DRILL
GAME VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Junior (2007): A first-team All-Conference USA pick by both the coaches and the media... Led Conference USA and ranked ninth in the nation with a 44.6-yard average... Helped SMU rank second nationally in net punting... Season average was the third-best in a single season ever on the Hilltop... Of 57 punts during the season, 21 landed inside the 20, only four were touchbacks and only 18 were returned for positive yardage... His single-game average of 55.6 ypp (5-278) against North Texas ranks second all-time in Conference USA... Boomed a 72-yarder against the Mean Green... Enters the season having hit 77 straight PATs... Was 13-of-20 on field goal tries... Hit three field goals of 50-plus yards; Sophomore (2006): A third-team All-Conference USA selection by the media and an honorable mention pick by the coaches... Given SMU's Special Teams Award... Averaged 43.8 yards per punt, the best season average for a Mustang punter since Craig James averaged 44.9 ypp in 1982... A member of the "Watch List" for the 2006 Ray Guy Award.... Led Conference USA and ranked 15th in the nation in punting average... Hit 65-yard punts against Marshall and Rice... Punted 50 times for 2,191 yards... Had six punts fair caught and downed 17 inside the 20... Hit 13-of-18 FG tries on the year including a 50-yarder against Arkansas State - the longest SMU FG since 1997 - and 34 of 35 PATs... Tied the SMU record of 34 straight set by Eddie Garcia back in 1981... Member of the C-USA Honor Roll; Freshman (2005): Did not see playing time... A member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll; 2004: Redshirt; Prep: Second-team All-District... Named Brazoria County Special Teams MVP... A member of the National Honor Society and an Academic All-State honoree... Also lettered in soccer... Chose SMU over TCU, Rice, Texas and Missouri; Personal: Son of Isobel and John Morstead... Has a brother, Patrick... Majoring in mechanical engineering.