|85 Jared Scruggs
Rice -- Rebounded from a mediocre sophomore season to reestablish himself as one of the top punters in Conference USA.
2006: Owls' career record holder, finishing with a 41.3 career average on 200 punts....averaged 38.8 yards on career-high 63 punts this season...closed the season strong, averaging 41.1 yards per punt over the last four regular season games...Had two punts of over 50 yards in the first six games, but produced five in the last six games...top overall game came in the double overtime win at Tulsa when he averaged 41.3 on seven kicks and placed a season-high three inside the 20...Induced fair catches on 21 of 63 punts and had only 19 kicks returned.
Scruggs 2006 Game by Game
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2005: Averaged 42.8 yards on 48 punts to rank third in C-USA... Averaged 49.7 yards on seven punts against SMU, the fourth-best average in Rice history; had four punts of at least 50 yards in the game... Had 11 punts of at least 50 yards on the season, including a 57-yard kick against UTEP... Dropped 11 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
2004: Averaged 37.7 yards on 38 kicks as a sophomore... His best game was at Texas when he averaged 45.5 yards on six punts, including a season-long 55-yard effort... Had three punts of more than 50 yards, and eight were killed inside the opponents' 20-yard-line.
2003: Won all-WAC honors after leading the WAC with a 45.9-yard punting average on 51 kicks... Ranked fifth nationally and first among freshmen in the final NCAA statistics... His 45.90 season average ranked third all-time at Rice, barely behind Steve Kidd (45.94 in 1985) and Tucker Phillips (45.91 in 1996)... Set a Rice single-game record with a 52.4 average on five punts vs. Tulsa... His longest punt was a 73-yarder against Tulsa... Averaged at least 50 yards per punt in four games. 2002: Redshirt.
High School -- 2002 honors graduate of Hutto Senior High School... Two-time all-state punter for coach Lee Penland... First-team all-CenTex punter as selected by the Austin American-Statesman as a junior and senior... Converted on 4-of-6 field goal attempts and averaged over 40 yards per punt as a junior in 2000... Also competed for the Fighting Hippos in basketball and tennis... Half of a doubles team which qualified for the regional finals as a junior... Boys State 2001 participant... Named to Who's Who Among American High School Students... Nominated for a National English Merit Award... Two-time participant in the TCEA conference.
Personal -- Full Name: Jared Ryan Scruggs... Born: Nov. 16, 1983, at Austin... Parents: Farrell and Kathy Scruggs, Hutto (one sister)... Rice Major: economics... College: Brown.