Randy Bullock

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Randy Bullock
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Bullock with the Houston Texans
No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-12-16) December 16, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Lafayette, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Klein (TX)
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 161
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
  • Lou Groza Award (2011)
  • Consensus All-American (2011)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2011)
  • Houston Texans franchise record for most field goals in a game (6) (2014)
  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 16, 2014)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2016
Field goals made: 80
Field goals attempts: 98
Field goal %: 81.6%
Career long FG: 55
Touchbacks: 107
Player stats at NFL.com

Randy Bullock (born December 16, 1989) is an American football placekicker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas A&M, and was recognized as the nation's best college football kicker and a consensus All-American. He was selected by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, after winning college football's Lou Groza Award. Bullock is currently the 32nd most accurate placekicker in NFL history. [1]

Early years[edit]

Bullock was born in Lafayette, Louisiana.[2] He grew up in Klein, Texas, which is in the Houston area. He attended Klein High School, where he played football. Bullock was the fourth-ranked kicker in the nation coming out of high school with at least six formal collegiate scholarship offers.[3][4]

He attended Texas A&M University, where he played for the Texas A&M Aggies football team from 2008 to 2011. After completing 29 of his 33 field goal attempts during his 2011 senior season, he received the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the best college football placekicker.[5] He was also recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2011.

Bullock is the all-time scoring leader at Texas A&M University with 365 points in 46 collegiate games. His 63 field goals is also a Texas A&M record during his tenure in College Station. He still holds the records for consecutive extra points and most extra points in Texas A&M history.

Bullock returned to A&M to finish his petroleum engineering degree at the conclusion of his rookie season on injured reserve.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Houston Texans[edit]

The Houston Texans selected Bullock in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, with the 161st overall pick, becoming the first kicker ever drafted by the team. His draft profiles agreed that he has tremendous leg strength for field goals and kickoffs, along with his accuracy on long and short kicks.[7] NFL draft analysts noted that Bullock takes a consistent, controlled approach to each kick, getting enough rise to avoid blocks.[8]

Bullock was competing with veteran Shayne Graham for the placekicker position. He had made 3 of 4 field goal attempts in the preseason, with the majority of his attempts coming from longer than 50 yards.[9] Bullock's rookie season abruptly ended on August 26, 2012, when he was placed on injured reserve with a groin tear.

He fully recovered from his injury, without losing leg strength, and won the kicking job the following season. During the 2013 preseason, Bullock hit 6 of 7 field goal attempts, including one from 55 yards.[10]

In the game against the San Diego Chargers during Week 1 of the 2013 regular season, Bullock hit the game-winning field goal from 41 yards to cap the biggest comeback in Texans history.[11] However, in week 2 against the Tennessee Titans, he missed three long field goals (from 50, 50, and 46 yards).[12] In Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts, he missed three field goals, including a 55-yard attempt in the final seconds of the game; the Texans lost 27–24.

After early struggles in only two of his 2013 games, Bullock showed his mental toughness by finishing the 2013 season strong and making 12 consecutive field goals. He continued his success streak into the 2014 season, breaking the record for the most consecutive field goals in Texans' franchise history (16). The streak came to an end due to a blocked field goal on a missed blocking assignment against the Oakland Raiders. This streak did not include Bullock's perfect preseason with the Texans in 2014 finishing 100% (4/4) with field goals, including a long kick of 52 yards, and 100% (4/4) with extra points. Bullock was reliable with his misses typically coming on field goal attempts beyond 50 yards in 2013.

During the 2014 season, He finished the season as the 6th-ranked NFL kicker based on his performance of making 30 of 35 field goal attempts in the regular season, with a long of 55 yards. He made 4 of 5 attempts (80%) beyond 50 yards that season. He also converted 100% of his 40 extra point attempts.[13] Bullock added 40 touchbacks in the 2014 regular season, the 12th most in the NFL that year.

On December 20, 2014, against the Baltimore Ravens, Bullock set a Texans' franchise record for most field goals in a game, making all six field goal attempts as well as setting another franchise record for most points in a single game (19), en route to leading the Texans to a 25–13 win.[14] Bullock also was awarded the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[15]

In 2015, when a rule change lengthened the distance from which an extra point is attempted, Bullock was tied for first among all NFL placekickers in preseason field goal success percentage with a perfect 5 field goals in 5 attempts, and a 100% success rate of 7/7 on the extra point attempts.[16] Bullock was the first kicker to miss an extra point, but remained a combined (preseason and regular season) 10/11 (91%) on field goals and 10/12 (83.3%) on PATs in 2015.[16]

On September 29, 2015, the Texans released Bullock and signed Nick Novak to replace him, despite being ranked among the Top (10) NFL kickers in terms of field goal percentage making 4 of 5 attempts.[16] The lone 2015 field goal miss was a 43-yard attempt that hit the right upright in the Texans' Week 3 win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[17] Bullock had 10 touchbacks on 13 kickoff attempts (77%) with the Houston Texans in 2015, keeping him in the Top 7 of NFL kickers by touchback percentage after Week 3.[18]

Nearly 20% of his field goal attempts as a Texan were 50+ yards, well above the NFL average, as the Texans struggled on offense from 2013 to 2015, often failing to reach the red zone.

New York Jets[edit]

On November 10, 2015, Bullock was signed as a free agent by the New York Jets after veteran Nick Folk suffered a quadriceps injury the previous game and was placed on injured reserve.[19] On December 6, 2015, Bullock scored 11 points against the New York Giants, including the game-winning attempt in overtime. [20] On December 19, 2015 Bullock kicked 2 field goals, including the game-winner against the Dallas Cowboys.[21][22] On December 27, 2015 Bullock scored 8 points against the New England Patriots, including a 49-yard attempt to tie the game in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. [23]

New York Giants[edit]

On August 22, 2016, Bullock was signed by the New York Giants.[24] On September 13, 2016, Bullock was released by the Giants.[25] Bullock was only needed for one game due to the suspension of Josh Brown.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

On December 3, 2016, Bullock was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers after Chris Boswell was questionable with an injury.[26] Bullock actually won the Houston Texans' kicking job over Chris Boswell in 2014. [27]

On December 4, 2016, he made his Steelers debut during a 24-14 victory over the New York Giants and completed field goals from 34-yards, 38-yards, and 44-yards while also making a PAT and 3 touchbacks.[28] On December 12, the Steelers released Bullock due to the return of Chris Boswell after being on the active roster for just 2 games and earning the game ball from Mike Tomlin in one of those.[29]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

On December 13, 2016, Bullock was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals after cutting Mike Nugent following his struggles.[30] On December 18, 2016, Bullock was 2 of 2 on field goals, 2 of 2 on extra points, and made a touchdown-saving tackle on Sammie Coates after a few missed Bengal tackles in a loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/fg_perc_career.htm
  2. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/randybullock/2533444/profile
  3. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking – Kicker Rankings: Strongest leg". rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking – Rivals.com kickers 2008". rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  5. ^ Ubben, David (December 8, 2011). "Randy Bullock wins the Groza Award". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Former Texas A&M kicker Randy Bullock has the eyes of Texan fans upon him". 
  7. ^ "2012 NFL Draft Profile: Randy Bullock". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  8. ^ "2012 NFL Draft Profile: Randy Bullock". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  9. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/texans-rookie-kicker-randy-bullock-out-for-the-season/2012/08/26/dcc6360a-efc1-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_story.html
  10. ^ Randy Bullock settling in after missing entire rookie season. Houston Chronicle. August 25, 2013.
  11. ^ Schaub keyed Texans' biggest comeback in franchise history, Kubiak says. Houston Chronicle. September 10, 2013.
  12. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/playbyplay?gameId=330915034&period=0
  13. ^ "NFL Stats: by Player Category". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  14. ^ "Ravens vs. Texans – Box Score – December 21, 2014 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  15. ^ "Randy Bullock AFC Special Teamer of Week". www.houstontexans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  16. ^ a b c "NFL Stats: by Player Category". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  17. ^ "Watch Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans [09/27/2015] - NFL.com". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  18. ^ "NFL Stats: by Player Position". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  19. ^ Sessler, Marc (November 10, 2015). "Jets sign Randy Bullock, put Nick Folk on IR". NFL.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Jets rally from 10-down to beat Giants 23-20 in overtime, Coughlin decisions in question". 
  21. ^ "Jets vs. Cowboys – Game Recap – December 19, 2015 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  22. ^ "Bullock Nails 40-Yard Game-Winning FG". www.newyorkjets.com. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  23. ^ "ets Rip Past Patriots in OT: 11 Observations". 
  24. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 22, 2016). "Giants sign Kicker Randy Bullock; Tom Obarski waived". Giants.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  25. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 13, 2016). "Giants sign DT Montori Hughes; release Kicker Randy Bullock". giants.com. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Steelers Sign Bullock, Release Shabazz". Steelers.com. December 3, 2016. 
  27. ^ http://www.scout.com/nfl/texans/story/1454828-texans-sign-chris-boswell-to-practice-squad
  28. ^ "NFL Game Center: New York Giants Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers". NFL.com. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Steelers promote Ayers; release Bullock". Steelers.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  30. ^ Hobson, Geoff (December 13, 2016). "Bengals move from Nugent, claim Bullock". Retrieved December 13, 2016. 

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