Oct. 31, 2011
Texas Longhorns senior placekicker/punter Justin Tucker has been named the Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, it was announced by the Big 12 today.
Tucker made a pair of field goals, including a career-long 52-yarder, and connected on all five of his PATs to score 11 points in No. 24 Texas' 43-0 win over Kansas. He also dropped his one punt of the game inside the 20 at the KU 12-yard line.
This season, Tucker has converted 10 of 11 field goals and made all 27 PATs to lead the Longhorns in scoring with 57 points. He is averaging a team-high 8.1 points per game.
Tucker was also named the Big 12’s and the Longhorns Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance in Texas’ 20-13 win at Nebraska in 2010. In that game, he made field goals of 27 and 28 yards, totaled eight points, landed two of four punts inside the 5-yard line, boomed two over 50 yards including a 67-yarder, and posted a 47.2 yards per punt average.
Tucker has kicked off 294 times in his career for an average of 63.1 yards per kick and 59 touchbacks. He is 31-of-26 (.861) on field goal attempts and 49-for-49 on PAT attempts for 141 career points. His .861 field goal percentage ranks second on UT’s career list. Tucker has punted 120 times for 4,937 yards averaging 41.1 yards per kick in is four-year tenure at UT. This includes 18 punts for over 50 yards while landing 47 punts inside the 20.