Caleb Sturgis

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Caleb Sturgis
No. 9     Miami Dolphins
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-08-09) August 9, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: St. Augustine, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Augustine (FL)
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 166
Debuted in 2013 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Field goals 26
Field goal attempts 34
Field goal % 76.5%
Longest field goal 54
Stats at NFL.com

Caleb James Sturgis (born August 9, 1989) is an American football placekicker for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and set team records for field goals made in a season and a career. He was chosen by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Sturgis was born in St. Augustine, Florida.[1] He attended St. Augustine High School, where he played for the St. Augustine Yellow Jackets high school football team. During his senior season, he completed 13 of 25 field goal attempts and 63 of 64 extra-point attempts. He was named to the Class 3A all-state first team at the placekicker position. Sturgis also played on his high school soccer team.[2]

College career[edit]

Sturgis accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football teams from 2008 to 2012. As a true freshman in 2008, he handled kickoffs for the Gators, and averaged 63.7 yards on 90 total kicks. He did not attempt a field goal as a freshman.[2] Florida won the 2009 BCS National Championship Game.[3]

Sturgis made 22 of 30 field goal attempts in 2009. Against Georgia, he made a 56-yard field goal, which was the longest field goal in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) that season and was also a career-long for him.[2] He made 1 of 2 field goals in the 2010 Sugar Bowl, which Florida won.[4] In 2010, Sturgis made 2 of 4 field goal attempts in four games before he suffered a back injury that ended his season. He was given a medical redshirt.[2]

In 2011, Sturgis made 22 of 26 field goal attempts. His 22 made field goals was the third-best total in the nation and the best in the SEC. He was named to the All-SEC first team and was a Lou Groza Award finalist.[2][5] He made his only field goal attempt in a 2012 Gator Bowl win.[6] Sturgis made 24 of 28 field goal attempts in 2012. His 24 made field goals led the SEC and was a new school record.[2] Sturgis was a Lou Groza Award finalist.[2] He made his only field goal attempt in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, which Florida lost.[7]

In his career at the University of Florida, Sturgis made 70 of 88 field goal attempts (79.5%) and 130 of 136 extra-point attempts (95.6%). His 70 made field goals and 88 field goal attempts are both school records.[2] He also averaged 64.4 yards on 343 kickoffs, with 67 touchbacks.[2]

Professional career[edit]

In the 2013 NFL Draft, Sturgis was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round, as the 166th overall pick. He was the first placekicker taken in the draft.[8] On August 14, 2013, Sturgis became the starter for the 2013 season after a short-lived competition with Dan Carpenter and with the latter being released that day. In his professional debut, Sturgis didn't miss any of his 3 field goal attempts. As of October 2013, Sturgis had missed only one 55-yard field goal to tie with the Baltimore Ravens and hadn't missed an extra point. In a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sturgis kicked a 44-yard field goal to tie the game at 20 with 11 seconds to go in regulation. Miami would win in overtime.

Personal[edit]

Sturgis graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in sports management in 2011. He subsequently earned a master's degree in management while completing his final season of college eligibility in 2012.[2] He has five siblings. His older brother, Nathan, plays in Major League Soccer.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caleb Sturgis". cbssports.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Caleb Sturgis". gatorzone.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Caleb Sturgis 2008 Game Log". espn.go.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Caleb Sturgis 2009 Game Log". espn.go.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Caleb Sturgis Stats". sports-reference.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "Caleb Sturgis 2011 Game Log". espn.go.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "Caleb Sturgis". espn.go.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  8. ^ Thompson, Edgar. "Dolphins select kicker Caleb Sturgis with the 166th pick". orlandosentinel.com. April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  9. ^ Edgar Thompson, "Clutch kicker Caleb Sturgis poised to play his final game at Florida," Orlando Sentinel (December 22, 2012). Retrieved February 4, 2013.