20  Stephen Gostkowski
Stephen Gostkowski

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Madison, Miss.

High School:
Madison Central H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200

Position:
Pitcher

Experience:
3L

Bats/Throws:
R/R



Outlook for 2006: Coming into his own on the gridiron as one of the nation's top kickers...Has the coaching staff excited to see if Stephen can take this confidence to the mound in 2006...Will get early looks in a variety of roles in 2006.

2005 (Junior): Started in all 13 games he appeared in, finishing the season with a 1-8 record and a 7.36 ERA...Led the team in innings pitched (80.2), strikeouts (41) and starts (13)...Pitched one of the Tigers' two complete games in a loss to Houston (3/18/05)...Fanned a season and career-high nine batters in a season-opening 10-4 win over Air Force...Struck out eight in the complete-game loss to Houston...Named to the 2005 Service Academies Spring Classic All-Tournament team...Allowed just 66 earned runs in 80.2 innings of work...NationalChamps.net listed Gostkowski as a third team selection to their preseason All-America team for 2005.

2004 (Sophomore):Struggled to find his control as was pushed into the midweek starting role...Finished the year 1-5 with a 6.66 ERA in 48.2 innings...Fanned 42 batters...Made 14 appearances, 11 of which were in a starting role...Lone win came in a 7-1 decision over Murray State ...Allowed just two hits and one unearned run, while striking out six in five innings of action in the win...Struck out 15 batters and allowed just one earned run in his first 15 innings...Had four strikeouts and gave up three runs in 5.2 innings of work in his longest outing of the year against Mississippi State...Struck out six on three occasions...Third on the team in innings pitched per appearance, logging an average of 3.48 innings per outing...Was solid in his three relief outings, holding opponents scoreless with six strikeouts in five innings... Opponents his just .188 against him as a reliever...Named to the 2004 All-Conference USA first team as a kicker...Was an honorable mention pick on CollegeFootballNews.com's All-American team following the 2004 season...Was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award in 2004.

2003 (Freshman): Selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman team after posting a 4-5 record with a 3.99 ERA...Made 12 starts and five relief appearances as a true freshman...His 65.1 innings pitched ranked second on the team and his 46 strikeouts were third on the squad...Made starts in nine of the teams 10 C-USA series and saw action in all of the series...Struck out a season-high eight in his collegiate debut in a 14-1 triumph over Air Force...Picked up his first collegiate victory in a 9-6 win over TCU, after allowing just two earned runs and striking out four in 5.1 innings of work...Held nationally-ranked UNLV scoreless through five innings in his second start of the season...Held Ole Miss scoreless in three innings of work to pick up his third win of the season in a 6-3 victory...His third win of the season came after logging a season-high seven innings of work in a 3-2 win over Saint Louis...Won his second consecutive league start after holding Houston to just three earned runs in 6.2 innings of work...Earned C-USA All-Freshman team honors as a place kicker on the football team in fall of 2002...Also named to The Sporting News All-Freshman Team.

Prep:Lettered in baseball for three years and football and soccer for four years...Earned All-State honor in each of the three sports...Played pitcher and outfielder in high school for Head Coach Greg Perry...Compiled an 8-2 record with a 1.40 ERA on the mound and a .395 batting average with three home runs and 25 RBI at the plate during his senior season...Had a 16-2 record with a 1.00 ERA during his high school career...Led Madison Central to 2002 Mississippi State Championship...Holds the MCHS school-record with a 55 yard field goal.

Personal: Full name is Stephen Carroll Gostkowski...Son of Larry and Cindy Gostkowski...Majoring in pre-physical therapy, with a minor in exercise science...Kicked 88 consecutive PATs between 2002 and 2004...Holds the Memphis record for points scored in a career with 268 heading into the 2005 season...Also holds career records in PATs made with 124 and PATs attempted...Holds Memphis and C-USA records in field goals (70), scoring (369) and PATs (159)...Kicked a Motor City Bowl-record 50-yard field goal in the Tigers' 38-31 win over Akron...Finished his career as the NCAA's "active" career leader in field goals made with 70.

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