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David Leaverton



Positives…Strong-legged punter with good accuracy and consistency...Shows quick hand-to-toe action, generally getting the kick off in 1.1 seconds...Gets good rise behind his attempts with impressive hang time...Solid directional kicker with the ability to kick into the wind...Handles pressure well and can also handle kickoff and placekicking duties.

Negatives…Shows inconsistency in his hang time, shanking a few attempts when getting pressured... Needs to improve his direction skills, as he has problems at times placing his kicks near the sidelines.


Three-year starter for the Vols, who has excelled both on the football field and in the class-room...Four-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice who is well-known for his community action...Sacrificed distance for direction as a senior, constantly pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line...Finished his career with 180 punts for 7311 yards...His 40.6-yard career average ranks seventh in school history...Only Herman Weaver (181, 1967-69), Jimmy Colquitt (201, 1981-84) and Craig Colquitt (204, 1975-77) had more punts for the Vols.


American Football Association and Southeastern Conference Good Works Team selection... Academic All-District IV and All-SEC choice...Ray Guy Award semi-finalist, given annually to the nation's top punter...Punted 59 times for 2415 yards (40.9 avg) with 20 attempts being downed inside the 20-yard line...Only 31 of his attempts were returned... Handled kickoff duties early in the year, but was forced to give up those chores due to a nagging foot sprain that would bother him most of the season.

Preseason...Missed spring drills after undergoing thumb surgery (fracture/ligament damage).

Southern Mississippi...Averaged 42.6 yards on 10 attempts with a long of 58 yards and 6 boots downed inside the 20-yard line.

Florida...Punted 5 times for 219 yards (43.8 avg), including a pair of attempts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Louisiana State...Had 5 kicks for a 44.2-yard average.

Alabama...Followed with a 41.7-yard average on 9 tries with 3 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line.

South Carolina...Kicked 7 times for 314 yards (44.9 avg) with a long of 55 yards.

Georgia...Had one of his punts blocked, but still averaged 41.2 yards on 6 tries with 3 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line.

Kansas State (Cotton Bowl)...Closed out his career with 8 attempts for only a 29.2-yard average, but kept the Wildcats' heralded return game (David Allen and Aaron Lockett) to only 4 yards gained on three returns.


Academic All-SEC pick...Punted 57 times for 2427 yards (career-high 42.6-yard average)...17 of his attempts were downed inside the 20-yard line while only 28 punts were returned...Took over kickoff duties in the third game of the season (Memphis), as 18 of his 43 attempts resulted in touchbacks.

Wyoming...Began the season with 5 kicks for 227 yards (45.4 avg) and a long of 52 yards.

Florida...Averaged 40.8 yards on 10 tries, including a 54-yarder.

Memphis...Followed with 7 punts for 306 yards (43.7 avg) and a long of 54 yards.

Auburn...Had a 43.8-yard average and a long of 53 yards on 4 attempts.

Alabama...Kicked 6 times for 261 yards (43.5 avg), including a 53-yarder.

Notre Dame...Averaged a season-high 50.7 yards with a long of 56 yards on 3 boots.

Kentucky...Added 233 yards on 5 punts (46.6 avg).

Vanderbilt...Finished the regular season with a 44.0-yard average on 5 kicks.

Nebraska (Fiesta Bowl)...Punted 7 times for 302 yards (43.1 avg) with a pair of attempts downed inside the 20-yard line.


Academic All-SEC pick...Became the team's full-time punter, gaining 2178 yards on 56 kicks (38.9 avg), with 34 of those attempts returned by the opponent.

Florida...Kicked 9 times for a 43.3-yard average.

Georgia...Averaged 45.8 yards on 4 attempts.

Syracuse...Had 5 punts for 210 yards (42.0 avg).

Florida State (Fiesta Bowl)...Punted 5 times for 190 yards (38.0 avg) with a long of 47 yards and had 3 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line.


Academic All-SEC selection...Saw limited action, punting eight times for 291 yards (36.4 avg) while handling those chores in the first two games.

UCLA...Had a career-long 71-yard punt, the 20th time in school history that a Vol kicker had a punt for 70 yards or longer.


Redshirted as a freshman.


5.1 in the 40-yard dash.


First-team USA Today All-American selection and rated the second-best punter/kicker in the nation by National Recruiting Advisor while adding first-team All-State honors as a senior at Midland (Tex.) High...Hit on seven of eight field goal opportunities as a senior, including a 62-yarder against Odessa Permian...Made all 17 extra points... Averaged 43.1 yards per punt on 46 tries...Two-year regular as both placekicker and punter...Had 11 punts come to rest inside the 10-yard line...Of his kickoffs, 70 percent were touchbacks...Had an 82.4 percent career field goal accuracy...Never missed a field goal inside 40 yards...Played in the 1996 Shrine California-Texas All-Star Classic...Played basketball as a junior.


Graduated in December, 1999 with a degree in Finance, earning Southeastern Conference academic honors four times...Born 4/01/78...Resides in Midland, Texas.

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