Mike Nugent

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Mike Nugent
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Nugent during the 2011 NFL season.
No. 2     Cincinnati Bengals
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-03-02) March 2, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Centerville, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Centerville High School
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Debuted in 2005 for the New York Jets
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Field goals (%) 164-202 (81.2%)
Extra points (%) 234-238 (98%)
Touchbacks 110
Field goal long 55
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Nugent (born March 2, 1982) is an American football placekicker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State University, and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. He is also well known for his novel "Kicking Through Life" which portrays his childhood and the troubles he experienced as a child growing up with only one parent. In the novel, Nugent discusses how kicking was a 'get away from reality' for him.

Early years[edit]

Nugent was born in Centerville, Ohio. He attended Centerville High School, and played kicker and quarterback on the football team. He was a teammate of current Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk on the school's football team. As a senior kicker, he converted on five out of seven field goal attempts of greater than fifty yards (24 of 27 altogether), kicked a 55-yard field goal (career long) twice, and was 29 out of 29 extra point attempts.

College career[edit]

While attending Ohio State University, Nugent played for coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2001 to 2004. During his four-year career at Ohio State, he broke or tied 22 school records, including most points in a career by any player at Ohio State (356). He completed 72 of 88 field goal attempts and 140 of 143 extra point attempts. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2002 and again as a unanimous All-American senior in 2004,[1] and received the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top college placekicker in 2004. He also was part of the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes Division I National Championship team. He became the first kicker in Buckeyes team history to earn team most valuable player honors.

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Nugent was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round and played four seasons with the team.

During the opening game of the 2008 NFL season, Nugent injured his quadriceps following an extra point. To replace Nugent the Jets signed Jay Feely, who performed so well in the position that he became the Jets' starter while Nugent, who eventually recovered from his injury, was forced to stay on the bench.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Nugent signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 4 and won the job over Matt Bryant in the preseason due to Bryant's injury. After converting just two of his first six tries (2 blocked) through four games, Nugent was released by the Buccaneers on October 5.

Nugent worked out for the Baltimore Ravens on November 10, but was not signed.[2]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Nugent signed with the Arizona Cardinals on December 16, 2009 as a temporary replacement for the injured Neil Rackers. He was waived by the Cardinals on January 2, 2010.[3]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Nugent kicking off during the Bengals' training camp in 2012

Nugent signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on April 23, 2010. He competed with Dave Rayner throughout training camp and the preseason for the Bengals starting job. Nugent eventually won the competition when the Bengals released Rayner on September 4, 2010, after Nugent made 54- and 52-yard field goals in the team's final two preseason games. Nugent was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for the month of September by going 8 for 8 on field goal tries in the Bengals' first three games of the season. In 2011, Nugent set franchise records for points (132) and field goals (33). He signed a one-year contract tender with the Bengals for the 2012 season, and on March 10, 2013, the Bengals re-signed Nugent to a two-year deal.[4] On September 7, 2014 Nugent tied the NFL record for most field goals made in one half with 5.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Hensley, Jamison (November 10, 2009). "Ravens bring two kickers in for tryouts". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  3. ^ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Biggs-With-Rackers-healed-Cards-give-boot-to-Nugent.html
  4. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/03/10/free-agent-moves-sunday-mike-nugent/1976999/

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Jenkins
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Season MVP

2004
Succeeded by
A. J. Hawk