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Durant Brooks
Durant Brooks

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Macon, Ga.

High School:
Tattnall Square

Last College:
Georgia Military

Weight:
198

Position:
Punter

Birthdate:
04/15/1985



*2007 Ray Guy Award Winner

*2007 First Team All-American (Rivals.com)

*2007 First Team All-American (SI.com)

*2007 Second Team All-American (AP)

*2007 Second Team All-American (Walter Camp)

*2007 First Team All-ACC

*2007 First Team All-ACC (Rivals.com)

*2007 Midseason First Team All-American (SI.com)

*2007 ACC Specialist of the Week (Nov. 9)

*2006 Second Team All-American

*2006 Ray Guy Award Finalist

*2006 First Team All-ACC

In The Record Books

*1st in Tech history for career punting average (45.31)

*1st in ACC history for career punting average (45.31)

*2nd in Tech history for season punting average (45.52 in 2006)

*2nd in Tech history for season punting yards (3,596 in 2006)

*3rd in Tech history for season punts (79 in 2006)

*4th in Tech history for season punting average (45.06 in 2007)

*6th in Tech history for career punting yards (6,525)

*6th in Tech history for season punting yards (2,929)

*8th in Tech history for career punts (144)

*10th in Tech history for season punts (65 in 2007)

AT TECH:

One of the top punters in Georgia Tech and ACC history and one of the nation's top punters in both 2006 and 2007... a two-time finalist for the Ray Guy Award and the winner of the 2007 Ray Guy Award... a two-time first team All-ACC selection... has the highest career punting average in the history of the ACC... also served as the holder on kicks... transferred to Tech in 2005 after two seasons at Georgia Military College... his statistics are even more remarkable considering that Brooks handled all Tech punts, including pooch-punts that can impact individual averages... selected to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl, where he punted twice for an average of 45.0 yards.

2007: Won the Ray Guy Award as the best punter in the nation... ranked second in the ACC and fourth nationally in punting (45.1)... punted 65 times for 2,929 yards... only 19 of his 65 punts were returned... more than half (33 of 65) of his punts were downed inside the 20... opened the season by averaging 48.0 yards on three punts with two downed inside the 20 at Notre Dame (Sept. 1)... had five punts 50 yards or longer, four punts downed inside the 20 including one at the one-yard line vs. Boston College (Sept. 15)... booted a 61-yard punt at Virginia (Sept. 22)... punted seven times for an average of 49.1 yards vs. Clemson (Sept. 29)... had a 66-yard boot vs. Army (Oct. 20)... four of his six punts vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 1) were downed inside the 20... averaged a remarkable 60.0 yards per punt including a career-best 77-yarder vs. North Carolina (Nov. 17)... closed the regular season by averaging 49.5 yards per attempt, including one for 57 yards vs. Georgia (Nov. 24)... had four punts in below-freezing weather at the Humanitarian Bowl and placed three of them inside the 20.

2006: One of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter . . . Earned second-team all-America honors from the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation . . . First-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection . . . Twice named ACC Specialist of the Week . . . Ranked second in the nation in net (40.66) and fourth in punting average (45.52), leading the ACC in both categories.

Thirty-five of his 79 punts pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line . . . Had 27 punts of 50 yards more more, including seven of 60 or longer . . . Average of 45.6 yards with net of 42.0 in ACC games . . . Season total 3,596 punting yards ranks as the second-best season total in school history . . . Average of 45.52 is also second best in Tech history, just off the record of 45.64, set by Rodney Williams in 1997.

Named ACC Specialist of the Week after averaging 50.8 yards on six punts with a net of 45.2 in Tech's win over Miami, incuding three punts inside the 20 . . . Boomed a 63-yard punt when Tech was backed up at its one-yard line, then hit a 53-yarder on the last play that sealed the win . . . Also named ACC Specialist of the Week after averaging 48.8 yards in Tech's win over Duke . . . Averaged 45.8 yards on five punts in the Jackets' win at No. 10 Virginia Tech, including punts that were downed at the three- and four-yard lines . . . Put four kicks inside the 20 against Notre Dame and averaged 48.1 yards on seven kicks . . . Averaged better than 44 yards in every game but two, and had a net of over 40 yards in 10 of 14 games.

JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL: Spent two years at Georgia Military College, punting for coach Bert Williams . . . Averaged nearly 40 yards per punt over his two seasons . . . Lettered three years for coach Barney Hester at Tattnall Square Academy . . . Helped Tattnall to the 2001 GISA state title . . . Also a basketball standout at Tattnall Square, averaging 18 points a game and setting the school record for career three-pointers.

PERSONAL:

full name is Durant Stiles Brooks . . . Born April 15, 1985 . . . Parents are LuAnne Durant and Paul and Debbie Brooks . . . Majoring in management . . . Legendary punter Ray Guy of Thomson, Ga., is a family friend and mentor of Brooks, who attended the NFL star's kicking camp . . . Enjoys fox-hunting and has credited horseback riding with helping to strengthen his leg.

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
2007	No.	Yds	Avg	LP	Ret	Net	TB	I20	50+
UND	3	144	48.0	53	-1	41.7	1	2	53
Samford	2	93	46.5	53	-4	48.5	0	2	53
BC	10	453	45.3	59	4	42.9	1	4	58, 50, 51, 59,  57
Virginia	8	380	47.5	61	-3	45.4	1	4	54, 51, 61
Clem	7	344	49.1	59	51	36.1	2	1	59, 52, 59
Maryland	3	104	34.7	46	11	31.0	0	2	0
Miami	4	147	36.8	47	1	36.5	0	3	0
Army	4	189	47.2	66	1	42.0	1	1	66
Va Tech	6	255	42.5	53	0	42.5	0	4	53, 52
Duke	6	231	38.5	44	29	28.9	0	5	0
UNC	4	240	60.0	77	58	36.2	1	1	54, 77, 63
Georgia	4	198	49.5	57	-7	41.2	2	1	57, 50
FSU	4	151	37.8	41	0	37.8	0	3	0

2006 No. Yds Avg LP Ret Net TB I20 50+ ND* 7 337 48.1 57 4-30 41.0 1 4 53, 53, 57 Samford* 5 239 47.8 54 1-9 42.0 1 4 53, 54, 53 Troy* 5 175 35.0 41 2-5 30.0 1 2 -- Virginia* 8 319 39.9 61 3-(-6) 40.6 0 4 61, 55 Va Tech* 5 229 45.8 50 0-0 41.8 1 3 50 Maryland* 2 92 46.0 47 2-7 42.5 0 0 -- Clemson* 7 321 45.9 60 3-4 45.3 0 1 60, 52 Miami* 6 305 50.8 63 4-14 45.2 1 3 52, 51, 63, 53 NC State* 8 352 44.0 61 3-26 40.8 0 3 61 UNC* 7 326 46.6 60 2-16 38.6 2 3 60, 59 Duke* 5 244 48.8 57 4-31 42.6 0 2 51, 55, 57 Georgia* 5 223 44.6 51 2-6 39.4 1 4 50, 51 Wake* 5 250 50.0 61 2-18 42.4 1 2 55, 61, 54 West Va* 4 184 46.0 60 1-4 35.0 2 0 60

CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS No. Yds Avg LP Ret Net TB I20 +50 2006 14 79 3596 45.52 63 33-164 40.66 11 35 27 2007 13-13 65 2929 45.06 77 20-140 40.14 9 33 30 Career 27-27 144 6525 45.31 77 53-304 40.42 20 68 57

CAREER HIGHS Number of Punts: 10, vs. Boston College, 2007 Yards Punting: 453 vs. Boston College, 2007 Punting Average: 60.0 vs. North Carolina, 2007 (4 punts) Net Average: 45.4 vs. North Carolina, 2007 (4 punts) Long: 77 vs. North Carolina, 2007

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