85  James Gaither
James Gaither

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Litchfield, KY

High School:
Grayson County HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 220

Position:
Punter

Experience:
1L


Was selected to The Football News Freshman All-America Team (2nd) in 2001 ... Was named to The Sporting News 2001 Freshman All-America Team (3rd) ... Was named to the 2001 Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... 2001: Became the starting punter in 2001 as a true freshman ... Opened the season against Mississippi State and punted six times for a 37.3 average ... Had two punts downed inside the 20 ... Had seven punts for a 41.6 yards average in the UT-Chattanooga game and again had two kicks downed inside the 20 ... Punted nine times against South Florida and averaged 36.9 yards per punt ... Had seven kicks at Louisville with three downed inside the Cardinal 20 ... Had a season high 10 punts for 450 yards in the win over Southern Mississippi ... His 450 yards were the second highest total in Memphis football history ... Had five punts downed inside the USM 20-yard line ... Averaged 44.0 yards per punt in the Houston game and 43.8 yards per punt at East Carolina ... Ended the season breaking the oldest record in the Memphis record book ... Averaged 52.3 yards per punt against Cincinnati breaking the 1942 mark of 52.0 yards per punt against Union University in 1942 ... Had 67 punts in 2001 for 2,718 yards ... Averaged 40.6 yards per punt as a true freshman ... Had 22 punts downed inside the opponents 20-yard line... Prep: Lettered as punter, kicker and wide receiver at Grayson County High School ... Was a three year letterman and starter for the football team ... Punted 38 times for 44.2 yard average during the 2000 season ... Made seven of 11 field goal attempts and had a long field goal made of 51 yards ... Was GCHS's second leading receiver ... Had 25 receptions for 275 yards ... Was a first team all-district selection as a punter in both his junior and senior seasons ... Was a third team all-state selection as a punter in his junior season and was a second team all-state selection as a punter after his senior season ... Had 98% of his kickoffs land in the end zone for touchbacks as a senior ... Career totals read 111 punts for 43.5 yard average and 13 of 22 field goals made ... Has the second and third longest punts on record in the history of Kentucky prep football ... Was a two-year starter at center on the GCHS basketball team ... Led the team in rebounding as both a junior and senior ... An outstanding baseball player Gaither batted .475 as a sophomore and had 13 home runs ... Batted .380 as a junior with two home runs ... Was heavily recruited by the University of Iowa ... Is the son of Danny Gaither and Mary Vincent ... Played for coach Danny Clark at Grayson County HS ... Born: 2/8/82.

Statistics

PuntingG/S NoYds AvgI-20 50+ LG
200111/1167271840.622861

Career Highs
Most Punts/Game: 10 vs Southern Miss (`01)
Most Yards Punted/Game: 450 vs Southern Miss ('01)
Highest Punting Avg/Game: 52.2 vs Cincinnati ('01)
Most Punts Inside 20/Game: 5 vs Southern Miss (`01)
Most 50 Yard Punts/Game: 3 vs Cincinnati (`01)

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