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Shane Popham
Shane Popham

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Crestview Hills, KY

High School:
Covington Catholic

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 185

Position:
P/PK

Birthdate:
09/14/1988

Experience:
2VL

Major:
Business & Enterprise Management

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2009 (Sophomore):
Served as Wake Forest's starting punter for a second consecutive year ... Averaged 39.2 yards per punt on the season but showed marked improvement later in the year ... Averaged 46 yards or better in two of the last three games ... Averaged 41.9 yards per punt over the last four games and 42.1 yards over the last three contests ... Had five games in which he averaged 40 yards or better ... Handled all PATs and field goals through the first two games ... Converted a 20-yard field goal against Stanford (Sept. 12) ... Was replaced by Jimmy Newman as the placekicker during Week 3 ... Maintained his punting chores throughout the season ... Missed 2010 spring practice after undergoing off-season knee surgery ... Named to ACC Academic Honor Roll.


2008 (Redshirt Freshman):
Was pressed into duty against Clemson (Oct. 9) when starter Sam Swank suffered a strained quadriceps muscle in practice the week of the game ... Handled all punting and placekicking duties for the next six games ... When Swank returned to action against Boston College (Nov. 22), Popham continued to handle the punting and kickoff chores ... Was the starting punter in the final three games of the year following Swank's return ... Led the team with a 39.2 punting average ... Averaged 41.2 yards per punt over the last five games ... Placed 11 of 30 punts during that time inside the opponents' 20-yard line ... Averaged 40+ yards per punt in four of the final five games ... Shared kickoff responsibilities with Andrew Wright during Swank's absence ... Made his collegiate debut against Clemson and booted field goals of 22 and 32 yards in the 12-7 win ... Had four punts downed inside the Clemson 20 that night ... Scored a season-high 11 points vs. Duke with three field goals including the overtime winner from 28 yards out ... Named ACC Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 3 following his performance against the Blue Devils ... Finished the year by making each of his last four field goal attempts ... Longest field goal of the year was 44 yards vs. Duke (Nov. 1) ... Had a career-long punt of 59 yards vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 29) ... Named Academic All-ACC and selected to ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2007 (True Freshman):
Redshirted the year ... Named to ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Background:
A 2007 graduate of Covington Catholic where he earned first team all-state honors as a senior ... Named first team all-state by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Associated Press and Kentucky Bluegrass Preps ... Named the Maxpreps.com Field Kicker of the Year in 2006 ... Helped the Colonels win the 2006 3A state championship ... Set the state record with 18 field goals as a senior (in 27 attempts) ... Booted a 57-yard field goal, a school record and the second-longest in state history ... Also connected on 56 straight PATs, the third-longest streak in state annals ... Had four field goals of longer than 50 yards as a senior including a pair of 54-yarders and a 53 ... Backed up a pair of kickers who moved on to Division I football including Michael Awadalla (Northwestern) and Tony Roch (Kentucky) ... Made 44 career field goals ... Was 85 of 86 for career PATs ... Averaged 39.1 yards per punt with a long of 67 yards ... Also played third base in baseball ... Was a 3-A region all-star in baseball ... Was ranked the No. 13 kicker in the nation and first in Kentucky.

Personal:
Last name is pronounced "POP-um" ... Majoring in business and enterprise management with a minor in entrepreneurship and social enterprise ... Son of Greg and Cheryl Popham ... Born September 14, 1988.

 

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