Tom Hornsey Named Co-Special Teams Player of the Year
Memphis' Hornsey one of three finalists
Senior class honored at postseason event
Game 12 - UConn - December 7, 2013 - Rentschler Field - East Hartford, Conn.
Memphis closes out season against first-time opponent
University of Memphis senior punter Tom Hornsey has been named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented to college football's top punter by the Augusta Sports Council. We talked to Tom about receiving the finalist bid.
The University of Memphis football team wrapped-up its final day of two-a-day practices on Wednesday. Head coach Justin Fuente talks about the final two-a-day practice.
The Tigers suited up in full pads for the first time today in preparation for two-a-days starting tomorrow.
Memphis opens up the 2013 season hosting Duke on September 7.
Day two of preseason camp is in the books for the Memphis Tigers football team and it was another scorcher. Watch highlights and interviews from day two right here on the Memphis Tiger Network.
The Memphis football team opened up their preseason camp today. Check out some highlights from the first day and hear from junior DB Bobby McCain and head coach Justin Fuente.
Memphis Football vs Temple at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on November 30, 2013. Photos by Joe Murphy
November 9, 2013 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Photos by Cecil Anderson
Memphis Football vs UCF on October 5, 2013, at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Photos by Cecil Anderson.
Memphis vs. UCF (USATSI Gallery)
Photos by Joe Murphy. Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. September 21, 2013.
2013 Ray Guy Award Finalist ... Four-year starting punter who averaged 43.15 yards over his playing career ... Ranked No. 9 among active Football Bowl Subdivision punters in career average ... Career punting average ranks third in school history and is the top average by a four-year player at Memphis ... Established school records with 297 career punts and 12,815 punting yards ... Nationally ranks first and second respectively in career punting yards and career punts ... Over his career had 34 games in which he averaged 40+ yards (minimum four punts per game) which was just off the NCAA record of 37 games ... Booted 73 punts of 50+ yards ... Had 13 punts of 60 yards or more including a career-long 79-yarder during senior season ... Placed 101 career punts inside opponents' 20-yard line (34 percent) ... Over his career, had just 12 touchbacks (four percent) ... Had 13 punts of 60 yards or more ... Also a threat on fake punts, converting all four of his attempts ... Rushed three times for 62 yards (27, 21 and 14 yards) and also completed a 61-yard pass during career.
Preseason Second-Team Special Team pick for All-American Athletic Conference by both Phil Steele's College Football Preview and Athlon Sports' College Football ... Member of the Tiger 3.0 Club for the 2010 fall, 2011 spring and 2011 fall semesters ... Earned Dean's List recognition for the 2011 fall semester ... Named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 ... Two-time Ray Guy Award nominee (2010, 2011), given to the nation's top punter ... One of two freshmen in nation to be a Guy Award nominee in 2010 ... A 2010 Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American ... First player in Memphis football history to be named an FWAA Freshman All-American ... Also earned Freshman All-America third team honors from Phil Steele ... A 2010 Conference USA All-Freshman Team pick by the league's coaches ... Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week following the Middle Tennessee game after registering 417 yards punting ... Selected 2010 Special Teams Player of the Year at the team's postseason banquet ... Honored with the Ralph Hatley Scholar-Athlete Award in 2010 ... Named to the Phil Steele Postseason All-Conference USA Second Team as a punt returner following sophomore season in 2012 ... Also received honorable mention all-conference recognition from the league's coaches following junior year ... Received the Joe Allison Special Teams Player of the Year Award at the team's season-ending banquet following both his junior and senior seasons.
Two-time Ray Guy Award Player of the Week honoree during a senior season in which he averaged 45.2 yards per punt ... Ranked eighth nationally in punting average ... Helped the Tigers post a 41.02 net punting average which ranked fourth nationally ... During the year had three of the 15 highest game punting averages in Memphis history ... Placed 29 of 62 punts inside opponents' 20-yard line (.468) ... The .468 percentage ranked fifth nationally ... The 29 punts downed inside the 20 ranks tied for third through the regular season ... Had 11 punts downed inside opponents' 10-yard line ... Opponents returned just 19 of his 62 punts (31 percent) for 136 yards (7.2 yards per return) ... Averaged better than 40 yards per punt 10 times during the season ... In the two games in which he averaged less than 40 yards (38.7 yards per punt against SMU and 39.4 yards against UConn) placed four punts inside opponents' 20-yard line in each game (8-of-13 total) ... Began the year by averaging 45.6 yards per punt against Duke ... Placed four of his seven punts inside the Blue Devils' 20-yard line and had two punts of 50+ yards including a season-best, 79-yarder ... The 79-yard punt against Duke tied for the second-longest punt of the 2013 season and the second-longest in Memphis history (Roland Eveland had an 85-yard punt against Washington in 1950) ... Followed up the Duke game by averaging 49.6 yards per punt against Middle Tennessee and was named the winner of the first ever Ray Guy Award Player of the Week ... Average against MTSU ranks as the 13th highest in school history ... Placed two of his five punts inside the Blue Raiders' 20 ... Had a 68-yard punt against Middle Tennessee and coupled with the 79-yard punt against Duke the previous week, had two of the 10 longest punts through the first three weeks of the season by an FBS player ... Against eventual American Athletic Conference champion UCF averaged 47.2 yards on five punts with a season-high three punts of 50+ yards and two punts downed inside the Knights' 20 ... Also ran for 14 yards on a fake punt to sustain a fourth-quarter scoring drive against the Knights ... Averaged a season-best 51.7 yards on three punts at Houston ... Averaged ranked seventh in school history ... Equaled a season best by placing four punts inside the 20 against SMU ... Received his second Ray Guy Award Player of the Week recognition after averaging 46.8 yards in the Tigers' win over UT Martin ... Among his punts was a 70-yarder, which ties for the sixth longest in school history, and had three punts downed inside the Skyhawks' 20 ... Averaged 47.8 yards on five punts against Louisville and again had four downed inside the 20 ... His 50.5 yard average against Temple on Senior Day ranks as the 11th-best performance in school history ... Two of his four punts against Temple were for 50+ yards while two were downed inside the two ... Closed out his career by averaging 39.4 yards per punt against UConn with four of the punts downed inside the Huskies' 20.
Finished junior season ranked 19th nationally in punting average at 43.43 yards per punt ... Season punting average ranked fourth all-time at the University of Memphis ... For the season had 60 punts for 2,606 yards ... Placed 25 of his 60 punts inside opponents' 20 yard line (42 percent) ... Of the 25 punts inside opponents' 20, had 15 of those punts downed inside the 10, including eight inside the five ... In the first two games of the 2012 season, had 60+ yard punts in both contests, had a total of five punts of 50+ yards and 10 downed inside opponents' 20-yard line ... Averaged 45.9 yards per punt during the first two weeks of the season including at Arkansas State where he had eight punts for a 46.8 yard average ... Seven of his punts at A-State were downed inside the Red Wolves' 20 including four inside the 10 ... For his efforts at Arkansas State, was named the National Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards ... At Duke, averaged 45.2 yards on eight punts ... Had just one punt downed inside the 20 at Duke but the average starting line of scrimmage following the other seven punts was the Memphis 27 ... The ensuing play after having a punt downed at the three at Duke, Wynton McManis intercepted a pass and scored ... With Memphis leading Rice 14-10, his final punt of the game was fair caught at the four with less than four minutes to play ... Rice would go three-and-out on its ensuing series ... Pinned Rice deep in its own territory all night to help the Tigers end an eight-game losing streak as he averaged 38.1 yards on eight punts with five of his punts downed inside Rice's 15-yard line including two of his last three inside the Rice five ... Had a 21-yard for a first-down on a fake punt against UCF ... Completed a 61-yard pass to Bobby McCain for a first down on his the only attempt of his career through three seasons ... Averaged a season-high 52.7 yards on three punts against Tulane while helping alter field position in the game ... Had a pair of punts from inside the Memphis where downed at the Tulane 37 and 23 (52 and 45 yard punts, respectively) and also had a 61-yard punt in the game.
Tigers' primary punter for a second-straight year ... Played in all 12 games ... Logged 95 punts for a total of 3,993 yards and a 42.0 average ... The 95 punts and 3,993 yards both set school single-season records ... Ranked No. 1 nationally in punts (95) and No. 2 in punt yardage (3,993) ... His 42.0 punting average ranked him No. 36 in the country ... His 95 punts and 3,993 punt yardage led Conference USA, while his 42.0 average was fourth in the league ... His 42.0 punt average is the eighth-best mark for a season in school history ... Also led C-USA in punts over 50 yards (19) and was second in punt inside the 20 yard line (23) ... Had only five touchbacks in his 95 punt attempts ... Also logged four solo stops and a fumble recovery on special teams ... Had one rush for 27 yards ... Opened season with nine punts for 395 yards and a 43.9 average vs Mississippi State ... Broke his previous career-best punt (63 yards) with a 64-yarder vs the Bulldogs ... Landed a season-best four punts inside the 20 yard line vs Arkansas State ... Had a season-lows of four punts and a 35.8 average vs Austin Peay ... Posted career highs (single game) for punts (12) and punt yardage (475) vs SMU ... His 12 punts and 475 punt yardage both were the second-most for a single game in school history ... Tied a season high for four punts inside the 20 vs the Mustangs ... Had a season-best four punts of 50 or more yards vs Rice ... Punted 10 times for 47.1 average vs the Owls ... The 471 punt yardage vs the Owls were the third-most for a single game in school history ... Logged a season-high two solo hits vs Rice ... Tied a season high with four punts inside the 20 vs East Carolina ... Booted a career-long 66-yard punt vs Tulane ... Had 10 punts for a 39.5 average vs UCF ... Placed two punts inside the Knights' 20 yard line and also booted three punts 50 or more yards ... Had one solo tackle vs UCF ... Placed three punts inside the 20 vs Marshall ... Had one punt blocked vs the Thundering Herd, but recovered a Marshall fumble after the block and returned it 27 yards ... Logged 11 punts for 471 yards and a 42.8 average vs Southern Miss ... The 471 yards tied for the third-most punting yards in a single game in school history ... Had two 50-plus yard punts and two punts inside the 20 vs the Golden Eagles ... Posted a solo stop vs Southern Miss.
Played in first American football games in 2010 ... Ranked third nationally in punting yards (3,416) and fourth in total punts (80) ... Ranked fourth in C-USA and 34th nationally with a 42.7 punting average ... The 42.7 average is the fifth-best mark for a season in school history ... Totaled 17 punts over 50 yards and dropped 24 punts inside the 20 ... Only 30 percent of his punts were returned ... Logged 400-plus punt yardage in three games ... In every game, 50 percent or fewer of his punts were returned by the opponent ... In his first game of U.S.-style football, posted 438 yards on nine punts against Mississippi State ... Had four punts over 50 yards, including a long of 57 yards, vs the Bulldogs ... Dropped a career-high five punts inside the 20 vs Mississippi State ... His 438 punt yardage vs the Bulldogs was seventh most for a single game in school history ... Hit the 400-yard mark again two games later with 417 yards on 10 punts vs Middle Tennessee ... Registered a season-best punt of 63 yards against the Blue Raiders ... Only one of his 10 punts vs the Blue Raiders was returned ... Reached the 400-yard milestone for a third time with 419 yards on 10 punts against Louisville.
Attended St. Joseph's College and played Australian Rules Football and tennis ... Spent the 2009-10 year training at ProKick Australia, an academy developed to assist in the transition to American football by providing the fundamentals of punting ... Worked with academy director Nathan Champman, also a former Australian Rules Football player who spent time in the Green Bay Packers camp in 2004 ... Consistently booted kicks 50 or more yards at the academy and also logged hang times of five or more seconds ... Participated in the championship game of the Geelong Football League, a 12-team Australian Rules Football league based in Victoria, Australia ... The Australian Rules Football junior representative for his region ... Listed on the Geelong VFL roster for 2008 ... The leading goal kicker for his local club team.
Son of Craig and Michele Hornsey ... Born Feb. 17, 1989, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia ... Nickname is Aussie ... Enjoys surfing ... Majoring in Health and Human Performance/Exercise and Sports Science.