RYAN SUCCOP THIRD SEVENTH ROUND DRAFT SELECTION (256TH OVERALL) AND 2009 NFL DRAFT MR. IRRELEVANT
HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA
Played in 50 games … Converted 49 of 69 field goals (.710) … Hit 104 of 106 PATs … Recorded 251 points.
Earned Associated Press honorable mention All-SEC honors… was 20-for-30 in field goal attempts… both marks led the SEC… led the SEC in field goals per game (1.54) and was fourth in field goal percentage (66.7)... was ninth in the league (sixth among the kickers) in scoring at 6.9 points per game… connected on both field goal attempts – from 29 and 46 yards out – in the season-opening win over NC State…matched his career high with three field goals in the 23-13 win over Wofford… booted a career-high four field goals in the win over UAB, earning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors… hit from 44, 48, 26 and 24 yards out and on both of his PATs to account for 14 of the Gamecocks’ 26 points in a 26-13 win… it was the third time in his career he’s been honored by the SEC… nailed a 48-yard field goal at Ole Miss…booted a pair of 31-yard field goals in the win over Tennessee… boomed a 54-yard field goal, the second-longest of his career and tying for the third-longest in school history, against Arkansas… hit from 41 and 44 yards out against Florida… averaged 68.3 yards on 61 kickoffs, with 25 touchbacks… the Gamecocks were second in the SEC in kickoff coverage with an average of 47.2 yards… ranks second in school history with 251 points and with 49 career field goals.
Was an Associated Press honorable mention All-SEC selection… earned SEC first-team preseason honors as a placekicker by the media and was a second-team selection by the coaches…. also earned preseason second-team All-SEC honors as a punter by both the media and coaches… named to the preseason Lou Groza Award watch list after being a semi-finalist for the award in 2006… also named to the Ray Guy Award watch list… was 13-for-17 in field goal attempts… three of his four misses came from at least 47 yards out (47, 48 and 50)... kicked three field goals in the 16-12 win at Georgia, earning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors… also punted seven times for a 40.7 yard average against the Bulldogs… punted five times for a 44.8 yard average against LSU… averaged 42.0 yards on six punts in the win over Kentucky, including a 52-yarder… matched his career-high with a 58-yard punt against Vanderbilt… hit a season-long 49-yard field goal at Tennessee with just under two minutes remaining to give the Gamecocks’ a 24-21 lead… also handled the kick off duties… averaged 41.6 yards per punt, fourth in the SEC and 39th in the country, with a long of 58, and averaged 64.0 yards on his kickoffs.
Earned second-team All-SEC honors as selected by the league’s coaches… a semi-finalist for the Groza Award… Connected on 16-of-20 of his field goal tries… his 80.0 percent accuracy was fourth in the SEC… actually only missed two – a 51-yarder that hit the left upright against Georgia and a 33-yarder against Houston in the Liberty Bowl… other two misses were blocked… was 10-for-11 from inside 47 yards… booted a 50-yarder against Tennessee and a career-high 55-yarder – the second longest in school history – against Vanderbilt… also had a 55-yarder taken off the board against Florida due to a penalty… averaged 42.8 yards per field goal attempt and 40.1 yards per field goal made… connected on 37-of-39 extra points for 85 points overall… his 85 points led the team and was the third-highest single-season total in school history… averaged 6.5 points per game, fourth in the SEC and the third-highest mark among kickers… 29 of 73 kickoff attempts (40 percent) were touchbacks… averaged 43.7 yards per punt, which would have ranked third in the SEC with enough punts to qualify… was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against Mississippi State when he connected on all three of his field goal attempts (39, 35 and 47 yards) and punted six times for a 48.7 yard average… also averted a certain blocked punt and scrambled 16 yards for a fi rst down, leading to a Carolina score.
Handled the kickoff chores as a true freshman and was the backup placekicker…kicked off 59 times for a 62.3 yard average with 29 touchbacks (49 pct.)... attempted two fi eld goals, missing from 50 yards against UCF and from 46 versus Georgia.
Graduated from Hickory (N.C.) High in 2005… played for Coach John Worley… four-time all-conference and two-time all-state performer… three-time conference Special Teams Player of the Year… in 2004, averaged 41 yards per punt, put 98 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone, was 12-of-14 FG and 42-of-42 on PATs… in 2003 he was 7-of-10 on field goals (long of 53 yards) and made all 38 of his PATs… three-time all-state selection in soccer… scored 104 career goals in soccer…rated the fourth-best kicker in the nation and the 16th-best prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com.
Ryan B. Succop was born Sept. 19, 1986… pursuing a double major in finance and real estate with a minor in computer science.