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Jake Elliott
K #3
Height:
5-9
Weight:
167
Age:
22
College:
Memphis
Hometown:
Western Springs, IL
Experience:
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The first of two Bengals fifth-round picks will compete for team’s kicker job, after record-setting collegiate career ... Left Memphis as one of top kickers and most decorated players in school history ... Ranks in top-10 all-time in FBS scoring by a kicker (445 points) ... Holds numerous school records in same program that produced Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski ... Memphis career records include points, PATs made (202), PATs attempted (202), FGs made (81), FGs attempted (104), FG percentage (77.9) and longest FG (56 yards) ... Of his 330 kickoffs, 210 were touchbacks (63.6 percent).

The first of two Bengals fifth-round picks will compete for team’s kicker job, after record-setting collegiate career ... Left Memphis as one of top kickers and most decorated players in school history ... Ranks in top-10 all-time in FBS scoring by a kicker (445 points) ... Holds numerous school records in same program that produced Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski ... Memphis career records include points, PATs made (202), PATs attempted (202), FGs made (81), FGs attempted (104), FG percentage (77.9) and longest FG (56 yards) ... Of his 330 kickoffs, 210 were touchbacks (63.6 percent).

 

     Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2017 NFL Draft (153rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-15-17.

 

     Coach Darrin Simmons says: “He’s not going to scare anyone with his size, that’s for sure, but he has a very powerful leg. It showed up a couple times — it showed up on his college video, it showed up at the combine, and it really showed up at the workout I had with him down in Memphis. He was a four-year starter down there. He’s got pretty good accuracy. He’s got makes over 50 yards each year. The thing that really impressed me is his mental makeup. He’s very steady. He had a lot of interest. I think he’s very stable.”

 

     College highlights: First player in American Athletic Conference history to earn first-team all-league honors all four years .. Four-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist (top collegiate placekicker), including finalist recognition in 2015 ... Totaled school-best 445 career points, topping Stephen Gostkowski (369 points) and DeAngelo Williams (362) ... Became second player in school history to lead team in scoring all four years (joined K John Butler, 1986-89) ... In four years, went 81 for 104 on FGs and a perfect 202 for 202 on PATs ... Holds school record for longest FG (56 yards), and kicked four of the five longest FGs in program history (56, 54, 53, 53) ... Career kickoff yardage average was 63.7 yards. 2016—Totaled 121 points, going 21 for 26 on FGs and 58 of 58 on PATs ... Led AAC in FGs made, FG percentage (80.8) and PAT percentage (100), while finishing second among kickers in scoring ... Recorded eight double-digit scoring games ... Hit 12 of 15 FGs from 40 yards or longer, including two of three from 50-plus ... Season-high 15 points (three FGs, six PATs) in win at SMU ... Kicked career-high 11 PATs in win vs. Bowling Green ... Recorded 64 touchbacks on 92 kickoffs (69.6 percent), and helped Memphis to rank second in nation in kick-return defense (16.04 yards/return) ... Touchback total led AAC and ranked third in nation. 2015—Lou Groza Award finalist ... Scored career-best 132 points, going 23 for 28 on FGs and 63 for 63 on PATs ... His 23 made FGs tied the school record ... Led AAC kickers in scoring, PATs, FGs, and PAT percentage (100) ... Of his 99 kickoffs, 74 were touchbacks (74.7 percent) ... Averaged 64.3 yards on kickoffs, helping Memphis to second-best kick-return defense (15.5 yards/return) ... Helped team set record for most points in a season (522) ... Recorded seven double-digit scoring games ... Season-high nine PATs each in games vs. Missouri State, Tulsa and SMU ... Season-high four FGs at Temple ... Scored season-best 14 points (five FGs, three PATs) in win at Bowling Green, including 52 yarder ... Hit season-long 53-yard FG vs. Auburn in Birmingham Bowl. 2014—Scored 120 points, going 21 for 32 on FGs and 57 for 57 on PATs ... Led AAC in points per game (9.2) ... Of his 87 kickoffs, 51 were touchbacks (58.6 percent) ... Career-high 16 points (four FGs, four PATs) vs. Tulsa, including FGs from 51 and 53 yards ... Hit 31-yard FG as time expired in three-point win at Temple ... In Miami Beach Bowl win vs. BYU, extended game to second OT by converting 54-yard FG at end of first OT ... The 54-yarder was the longest in an OT period in FBS history, the fourth-longest in bowl game history and the longest in a bowl game since 2004. 2013—Totaled 72 points, going 16 for 18 on FGs and 24 for 24 on PATs ... Only FBS kicker to attempt three or more FGs of more than 50 yards and convert every attempt (50, 52, 56) ... Went seven for eight on FGs longer than 40 yards ... School-record 56-yard FG (hit crossbar and bounced through) in win at South Florida topped Gostkowski’s mark of 53 set in 2005 ... Of his 50 kickoffs, 21 were for touchbacks (42.0 percent) ... Seven tackles (all solo) on kickoff returns ... Began career by making first 11 FGs ... Five for five on FGs at Houston, including first 50-yarder ... Converted a 52-yard FG vs. SMU.

 

     Kickoff power: The Bengals’ offseason mission to solidify the kicker position took special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons all over the country during the pre-draft process. So, after evaluating the draft’s top talent, what helped separate Elliott from the pack? “The thing that really showed up was the kickoffs,” Simmons said. “The kickoffs really pushed him out above other guys. The kickoffs were fantastic. He can drive the ball up in the air for hang time, or he can drive it down the field for touchbacks. He can do a lot of different things.” Of Elliott’s 330 kickoffs at Memphis, 210 were touchbacks (63.6 percent).

 

     High school: Attended Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Ill. (outside Chicago) ... Connected on 15 of 21 FGs as a senior, as well as 43 of 44 PATs, en route to being named All-Illinois First Team (Chicago Tribune) ... As a junior, went 12 for 13 on FGs and 28 for 28 on PATs.

 

     Personal: Hometown is Western Springs, Ill. ... Marketing management major at Memphis ... Named the 2016 American Athletic Conference Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and received a $2000 scholarship for graduate or professional studies ... Three-time AAC All-Academic Team member ... Seven-time Dean’s List student at Memphis ... Recipient of Memphis’ Zach Curlin Award as the school’s top male student-athlete for 2016-17.

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