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Sam Swank
Sam Swank

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Jacksonville Beach, FL

High School:
Fletcher

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 201

Position:
P/PK

Birthdate:
10/05/1985

Experience:
3VL

01/05/2007

Orange Bowl (photos by Brian Westerholt)

Orange Bowl (photos by Brian Westerholt)

12/02/2006

Football - ACC Championship

ACC Football Championship - Wake Forest vs. Georgia Tech

Record Book:
Will enter the 2008 season as the nation's active career leader with 60 field goals ... Penn State's Kevin Kelly is second with 58 ... Is Wake Forest's all-time leading scorer with 286 points ... Holds Wake Forest records for most field goals made in a career (60) and field goal attempts (76) ... Also holds the school record with 106 consecutive PATs converted (active record) ... Will be chasing the ACC record for career scoring which is 393 by Maryland kicker Nick Novak (2001-04).

2007 (Redshirt Junior):
Honorable mention All-ACC selection as a placekicker as a junior ... Was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award given annually to the nation's top placekicker ... Named ACC Special Teams Player of the Week following the Florida State contest (Oct. 11) where he converted all three PATs and added a game-clinching 48-yard field goal ... Longest field goal of the season was 52 yards vs. Navy and Clemson ... Is 9-of-12 lifetime from 50 yards and farther ... Career long field goal is 53 yards twice, both against NC State in 2006 ... Is just the second Wake Forest player to collect over 100 PATs in a career ... Finished fifth in the ACC in scoring with an average of 7.5 points per game ... Averaged 39.8 yards per punt with a season-long of 66 yards against North Carolina (Oct. 27).

2006 (Sophomore):
Voted Wake Forest's Most Valuable Player by his teammates ... Named First Team All-American by Sports Illustrated ... Voted ACC Championship Game's Most Valuable Player ... Selected First Team All-ACC placekicker by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... Honorable mention All-ACC by ACMSA as a punter ... Lou Groza Award semifinalist ... Ray Guy Award semifinalist ... A four-time recipient of the ACC Specialist of the Week award (October 2, October 9, October 16 and November 13) ... Became the first player in league history to win the award three weeks in a row ... Tied the NCAA record for most 50-yard field goals in a game, making three at NC State ... Became only the sixth player in NCAA history to accomplish that feat ... Set 11 new school records during his sophomore campaign ... Broke his own school record for most field goals in a season (23) ... Broke Wilson Hoyle's school record for most consecutive extra points (62), career field goal percentage (76.4), career PAT percentage (100.0) and field goals by a sophomore (23) ... Twice tied the school record for the longest field goal (53 yards), shared by Matthew Burdick and Wade Tollison ... Broke Ryan Plackemeier's school record for the longest punt (86 yards) vs. Duke ... Broke Chris Barclay's school record for the most points scored by a sophomore (102) ... Broke the school record for the longest field goal in a bowl game (44 yards), previously held by three players ... Set a new school record for most 50-yard field goals in a season (5) ... Led the ACC and ranked fourth nationally in field goals made (1.64 per game) ... Led all ACC kickers in scoring, third among all players and 31st in the NCAA with 7.3 points per game ... Ranked fourth in the ACC in field goal percentage (74.2) ... Ranked seventh in the ACC and 43rd nationally in punting (41.2 yard average) ... Played and started all 14 games ... Made 23 of 31 field goals, including 5-of-7 from beyond 50 yards ... Made two kicks from 53 yards to tie a career-best and the school record ... Led the Deacons with 102 points scored.

2005 (Redshirt Freshman):
A Lou Groza Award semifinalist ... First team All-American by The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Scout.com ... Selected second team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com ... Named to The Sporting News' ACC All-Freshman Team ... Chosen to the Raleigh News & Observer's All-Big Four Team ... Received one vote for ACC Rookie of the Year ... Hit the third-longest and fourth-longest field goals in school history with a 52-yarder against Miami and a 51-yarder at Nebraska ... Broke the school freshman record for scoring (86 points) ... Made 11 consecutive field goal attempts to break a school record (beginning Oct. 8 at Florida State and ending November 12 vs. Miami) ... His 19 field goals were the most in a single season in Wake Forest history ... His 79.2 percent accuracy and 24 attempts were the second-highest in school history ... His 86 points were the third-most in school history, the most by ever by a kicker ... Also ranked as the most by any Deacon since Larry Russell in 1981 (94) and the fifth-most by a freshman in ACC history behind only two kickers, Nick Novak of Maryland and Scott Bentley of Florida State, both of whom played in the NFL ... Ranked 3rd in the ACC and ninth nationally in field goals per game (1.7), 3rd in the ACC in field goal percentage (79.2) ... Fourth in the ACC and 40th in the NCAA in scoring (7.8) ... Hit field goals on the final play of the first half vs. Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Maryland and Boston College. ... Played in all 11 of Wake Forest's games ... Averaged 61.2 yards on kickoffs with 19 touchbacks ... Netted 39.1 yards on kickoffs ... Made two-of-three field goals against Vanderbilt, his career debut ... Hit from 34 and 22 and missed from 39 ... Went 1-of-2 at Nebraska with a successful 51-yard attempt and a 35-yard miss ... Went a perfect 3-for-3 against ECU from 39, 47 and 30 ... Made his only attempt against Maryland, a 42-yarder ... Made 1-of-2 in the Clemson game, making a 33-yarder and missing from 40 ... Missed his first attempt at Florida State from 28 yards, but made his second from 29 ... That started the record-breaking string of 11 successful attempts ... Went 3-of-3 in the rain at Boston College, making kicks of 20, 32 and 34 ... Hit both kicks against NC State from 27 and 40 ... Made all three attempts on the road at Duke from 45, 38 and 27 yards ... Nailed a 23-yarder at Georgia Tech ... Hit a then career-best 52-yarder against Miami, but missed his final attempt of the season, a 42-yarder. ... Punted once against Duke for 30 yards, dropping it inside the 20-yardline.

2004 (True Freshman):
Redshirted the season as a true freshman behind returning starter Matt Wisnosky.

Background:
A four-year starter as a placekicker ... Also handled punting and kickoff duties ... A three-time all-conference selection... earned all-state honors in 2000 ... Was 27-of-35 in field goals during his prep career ... Converted field goals of 51 and 54 yards as a senior ... Scored more than 200 points ... Helped team to an 11-2 record and a regional final appearance ... Also a member of Fletcher's soccer team, which was ranked No. 1 in Florida ... An excellent student with a 3.8 GPA who graduated in the top 25 percent of his class ... Named Fletcher's Student-Athlete of the Year ... Coached by Joe Reynolds at Fletcher.

Personal:
Majoring in Communication ... Born October 5, 1985 in Lakeland, Fla. ... The son of Gary and Sheila Swank.

 

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