Jason Vinson

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Jason Vinson
Michigan Wolverines
Position Punter
Career history
Bowl games 1998 Rose Bowl
1999 Citrus Bowl
Personal information
Date of birth c. 1977

Jason Vinson (born c. 1977) is a former American football punter. He was the starting punter for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1997 to 1998, including the national champion 1997 Michigan Wolverines football team. He became Michigan's starting punter despite having been a walk-on who had never appeared as a starter in a football game at the high school level.

Vinson attended high school in Troy, Michigan. He played football in high school, but as a second-string punter.[1]

Vinson enrolled at the University of Michigan without an athletic scholarship and did not initially try out for the football team. Instead, he played intramural flag football as a freshman.[2] Having never punted in an actual football game, Vinson twice tried out unsuccessfully for a spot on the roster of the Michigan Wolverines football team. He ultimately made the team as a walk-on in 1995.[3]

After spending the 1995 and 1996 seasons on the bench, Vinson became the starting punter for the undefeated 1997 national championship team. In his first game on September 13, 1997, Vinson punted five times for an average of 42.4 yards.[3] He was selected as a second-team All-Big Ten punter after the 1997 season. He was Michigan's starting punter again during the 1998 season.[4][5] In two years as the Wolverines' punter, Vinson handled 113 punts, good for 4,376 yards and an average of 38.7 yards per punt.[6]


  1. ^ Kevin Acee, Eric Noland (December 28, 1997). "Michigan Glad Punter Fibbed". The Michigan Daily. 
  2. ^ Les Carpenter (December 27, 1997). "Vinson Pictured Himself On Team -- Inexperienced Kicker Walked On At Michigan". The Seattle Times. 
  3. ^ a b Alan Goldenbach, John Lerol (September 15, 1997). "Three years later, Vinson proves he has the leg to kick for Blue". The Michigan Daily. 
  4. ^ Mark Snyder (October 24, 1998). "Vinson boots deep despite weather". The Michigan Daily. 
  5. ^ Mark Snyder (October 22, 1998). "'Coffin corner' no problem for Vinson". The Michigan Daily. 
  6. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved November 10, 2012. (Enter "Vinson" in the field for "Enter last name" and then click "Display Career" to view career statistics)