Campbell Crowned NCAA Punting Champion

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Jan. 12, 2011

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss sophomore Tyler Campbell finished the 2010 season as the NCAA punting champion besting 93 other kickers in the nation with a 46.37-yard average.

Campbell punted 60 times for 2,782 yards in 2010 and edged Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp by 0.13 yards per punt to become the 19th NCAA statistical individual champion in Ole Miss history. He booted 19 punts over 50 yards and five punts of 60+ yards including a season-long kick of 69 yards at LSU.

The Little Rock, Ark., native's average this season ranked third on the Ole Miss single-season list and his career average of 45.4 trails only Merle Hapes's mark of 46.0 on the Rebel career chart. Campbell finished 12th in the nation in punting a year ago as a freshman.

In the final NCAA team statistical rankings, the Rebels ranked 17th in punt returns (12.63 ypr), 18th in rushing (207.58 ypg), 20th in sacks (2.58/game), 20th in TFLs (6.83/game) and 22nd in sacks allowed (1.17/game).

Sophomore Jesse Grandy finished 10th in nation in punt returns (14.67 ypr), while freshman Jeff Scott finished 20th in the NCAA in kickoff returns (27.73 ypr). Senior Jonathan Cornell tied for 24th in the country in TFLs (1.27/game) and sophomore Bryson Rose tied for 25th in field goals (1.33/game).

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