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Les Binkley

Les  Binkley

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, Tenn.

High School:
Evangelical Christian

Last College:
Northwest C.C.

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 170

Position:
Kicker

Birthdate:
10/25/1977

Experience:
2L

Award Candidate:
2000 Lou Groza Award Candidate

2000: Handled place kicking duties in all 12 games, including the Music City Bowl ... Finished second on the team in scoring with 64 points ... Connected on 9-of-13 field goals, including a season-long of 41 versus Arkansas (11/4) ... Converted 37-of-39 extra-point attempts ... Named to the pre-season Lou Groza Award "watch list" for the nation's top place kicker ... Made a career-high seven extra points on a career-high seven attempts in the season-opener against Tulane (9/2) ... Missed his first career extra point against Auburn (9/9), snapping a streak of 45 consecutive made extra points, the third longest streak in school history ... Kicked a career-high three field goals versus LSU (11/11) and West Virginia (12/28) ... Made 3-of-4 field goals versus LSU to set a career-high for field goals attempted ... Scored a career- high 12 points in the bowl game against the Mountaineers, connecting on field goals of 23, 47 and 26 yards, and converting all three extra- point attempts ... 47-yard field goal was a season-long ... The 12 points is the highest ever point total by a kicker and tied for second-highest total by an player in Ole Miss bowl history ... Selected by the Ole Miss Quarterback Club as Special Teams Player of the Week for games with Tulane, Kentucky, UNLV, Arkansas, and LSU ... Selected to 2000 pre-season All-Southeastern Conference second team by Lindy's and The Birmingham News ... Rated No. 9 in nation by Lindy's in Top Kickers Category ... Lindy's also selected him as the "Unsung Hero" on the Ole Miss team ... Used offseason to get stronger and maintain his consistency.

1999: Earned second team All-SEC honors from The Associated Press ... Was a semi-finalist for the 1999 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top place kicker ... Participated in all 12 games and earned his first senior college letter ... Booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired to lift Ole Miss to a 27-25 victory over Oklahoma in the Sanford Independence Bowl ... Had a perfect night against the Sooners as he connected on all three extra point attempts and two field goals (29 and 39 yards) ... Selected to All-Bowl Team by Sports Illustrated ... Scored 78 points during regular season to tie running back Deuce McAllister for team high honors ... His 78 points established a new Ole Miss single-season scoring record for a kicker, breaking the old mark of 70 points set by Brian Lee in 1992 ... Tied for fourth in the SEC in scoring, averaging 7.1 points per game ... Converted on all 36 extra-point attempts ... Made 14-of-16 field goals, including 5-of-6 from 40 yards and out ... Booted a career-long 49-yarder against Mississippi State ... His 40-yard FG against Memphis in the season-opener was the game-winner in a 3-0 Ole Miss victory ... Made a 45-yard FG against Auburn to send the game into overtime, a game which the Rebels won 24-17 ... Named Quarterback Club Special Teams Player of the Week against Memphis, Vanderbilt, Auburn, South Carolina, and Mississippi State ... Transferred to Ole Miss in January from Northwest (Miss.) Community College ... Participated in spring drills and booted 35-yard field goal in Red-Blue game.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Earned 1998 first team NJCAA and J.C. Gridwire All-America honors as a sophomore at Northwest ... Was NCJAA's top rated kicker, All-Region and All-State selection ... Made 51-of-52 extra point attempts and 13-of-19 field goal attempts in 1998, while also kicking off ... Longest field goal was 47 yards ... Was one for one in 1998 Mineral Water Bowl ... Helped lead Northwest to 11-2 record and No. 5 national ranking ... Coached in junior college by Bobby Ray Franklin, an outstanding quarterback at Ole Miss (1957-59) ... Walked on at Tennessee for two seasons ... Was redshirted one year while with Vols ... Didn't see any playing time, then transferred to Motlow Community College to play baseball ... Left Motlow after 1998 baseball season to join Northwest ... Was All-Division pick in baseball ... Hit .342 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI ... Had 3-1 record and one save as a pitcher.

HIGH SCHOOL: Was All-State defensive back in 1995 while playing for Evangelical Christian School in Memphis, Tenn. ... Also rated All-Metro as all-purpose back ...Rated state Offensive Player of the Week ... Was All-Region and All-District defensive back junior and senior years ... Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of Preps junior and senior years ... Three-year starter at cornerback and two-year starter at tailback ... Career place kicking totals included making 43-of-46 PATs and 12-of-20 field goals (8-of-8 40 yards and under) ... Longest field goal was 47 yards ... Coached in high school by Steve Wiliford ... In baseball, played third base and pitcher on team which won three Region titles and one State crown ... Started three years in baseball and was All-District and All-Region junior and senior seasons ... Made All-State team senior year.

PERSONAL: Son of Lesley Harding Binkley II and Nancy Margaret Binkley ... Full name is Lesley Harding Binkley III ... Born: October 25, 1977 ... Majoring in Leisure Management. ... Made UMAA Honor Roll in Spring of 2000.

BINKLEY'S CAREER STATISTICS

?KICKING? Year FG-FGA PCT. PAT-ATT PCT. TP 1999 14-16 .875 36-36 1.000 78 2000 9-13 .692 37-39 .949 64 Total 23-29 .793 73-75 .973 142

?FG DISTANCE BREAKDOWN? Year 0-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LG 1999 5-5 4-5 5-6 0-0 49 2000 5-5 3-6 1-1 0-1 41 Total 10-10 7-11 6-7 0-1 49

BINKLEY'S CAREER HIGHS

FGs MADE: 3, twice, MR: vs. West Virginia (12/28/2000) FGs ATTEMPTED: 4, vs. LSU (11/11/2000) LONG: 49, at Mississippi State (11/25/99) CONSECUTIVE FGs MADE: 10 (9/4-10/16/99) PATs MADE: 7, vs. Tulane (9/2/2000) PATs ATTEMPTED: 7, vs. Tulane (9/2/2000) CONSECUTIVE PATs MADE: 45 (9/5/99-9/9/2000) PTS SCORED: 12, vs. West Virginia (12/28/2000)

BINKLEY'S BOWL STATISTICS

?KICKING? Year FG-FGA PCT. PAT-ATT PCT. TP ?99 Indy 2-2 1.000 3-3 1.000 9 ?00 Music 3-3 1.000 3-3 1.000 12 Total 5-5 1.000 6-6 1.000 21

?FG DISTANCE BREAKDOWN? Year 0-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LG ?99 Indy 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 39 ?00 MC 2-2 0-0 1-1 0-0 47 Total 3-3 1-1 1-1 0-0 47

BINKLEY'S BOWL HIGHS

FGs MADE: 3, vs. West Virginia (2000 Music City) FGs ATTEMPTED: 3, vs. West Virginia (2000 Music City) LONG: 47, vs. West Virginia (2000 Music City) CONSECUTIVE FGs MADE: 5 (?99 Indy-present) PATs MADE: 3, twice (?99 Indy; ?00 Music City) PATs ATTEMPTED: 3, twice (?99 Indy; ?00 Music City) CONSECUTIVE PATs MADE: 3 (?99 Indy-present) PTS SCORED: 9, vs. Oklahoma (?99 Independence)

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