JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed K James McCourt off of waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers, the team announced today.
McCourt spent six years at Illinois (2016-21), spending his first three seasons as a reserve before taking over as the primary kicker in 2019. He connected on 18 of 23 field goals in 2021, including tying a school record with four 50-plus yard field goals. He earned All-Big Ten Third-Team honors in 2021 and finished ninth in the nation in kickoff touchback percentage (82.4 percent). In 2020, McCourt nailed a 47-yard field goal at Rutgers as time expired to give Illinois their first win of the season. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and attended St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) High School.