85  Ben Graves
Ben Graves

Hometown:
Waynesboro, MS

High School:
Jones County JC

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 207

Position:
Punter

Experience:
1L


Returns for his senior season after redshirting in 1999 ... Lettered as a punter in 1998 ... Averaged 40.0 yards per punt in the annual Blue-Gray game ...

1999: Was redshirted during the 1999 season ... With Jim Cande handling the punting the decision was reached to hold Graves until the 2000 season so the Tigers would have an experienced punter ... Spent the fall working out in the weightroom and on the football field to keep his leg in shape ... Can also work as the team's deep snapper if needed ...

1998: Played in seven of the Tigers' 11 games in 1998 ... Became a starter after the Minnesota game and held that position through the Louisville contest ... First appearance of the season came in the Minnesota game ... Punted eight times against the Golden Gophers and averaged 38.4 yards per punt ... Had three punts downed inside the Minnesota 20 yard line and four fair caught ... Had eight punts in the Houston game and came back the following week to punt eight times for a 42.5 yard average against Arkansas ... Averaged 42.7 yards per punt in the win over Cincinnati and 43.3 yards per punt in Arkansas State victory ... Finished the season with 40 punts for 1551 yards ... Averaged 38.8 yards per punt in 1998 ... Had eight of his 40 punts downed inside the opponent's 20 yard line ... JC: Played JC football at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS ... Served as the punter for Jones County JC ... Punted 36 times in 1997 for 1469 yards ... Averaged 40.8 yards per punt last season ... Worked as the backup quarterback on offense ... Received the Bobcat Award in football in 1997 ... Was a JC all-state selection in golf and qualified for the junior college nationals ... Ranked as one of Top 75 Golfers in the nation in 1997 ...

Prep: Was an outstanding prep player at Wayne County High School ... Was named to Top 100 Players in Mississippi as a senior ... Named to the Meridian Star Best of the Best in Football ... Was an All-District 4-5A punter as a junior and senior ... Also lettered in baseball and received the MVP Award as a senior ... Was an All-District 4-5A selection in baseball as a junior and senior ... Maintained a 3.5 GPA at Jones County Junior College ... Was president of his senior class in high school, Beta Club, and National Honor Society ... Voted Best All-Around Senior ... Played for coach Bubba Davis at Wayne County High School ... Son of Ben and Barbara Graves ...

Born: 9/3/77.

GRAVES' STATISTICS

PuntingG/SNo.YardsAvgIns20LP
19987/540155138.8851

GRAVES' CAREER HIGHS
Most Punts/Game: 8 vs Minnesota & Houston (`98)
Most Yards Punted: 340 vs Arkansas (`98)
Highest Punting Average/Game: 42.5 vs Arkansas (`98)
Long Punt: 51 yards vs Minnesota (`98)

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