of Ryan Dougherty. The Orlando-native has provided the Pirates with a tremendous weapon in the kicking game over the past four seasons and is finishing his career for the purple and gold in style.
The 6’1″, 232-pound Dougherty has been an integral part in the Pirates’ success this season. He has helped “boom” East Carolina to its first bowl game since 2001.
You need not look back any further than the season finale’ at NC State to observe the positive impact Dougherty has on this team. Needing a win to ensure themselves of a bowl bid, the Pirates received a clutch performance from their senior punter against one of the nation’s best punt returners in NC State’s Darrell Blackman. Dougherty averaged 43.6 yards on seven attempts and allowed East Carolina to win the battle ufabetมือถือ for field position by pinning the Wolfpack inside its own 20-yard line on six different occasions.
Through the years, ECU has had some extremely skilled punters. Names such as John Jett, Matt Levine, Andrew Bayes and Jarad Preston come to mind.
Jett averaged 42.2 yards per punt in the Pirates’ 11-1 season in 1991; he remains the program’s most decorated punter with regards to success at East Carolina and professionally. He punted for several years in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions.
In 1994, Matt Levine posted a 42.6 mark, which ranks as the eighth best single-season performance in Pirate history.
From 1996 to 1999, Andrew Bayes compiled the second-best career average in East Carolina history, as he averaged 43.5 yards per boot. This impressive mark included the Pirates’ top-single season performance when Bayes averaged 48.1 yards per attempt in 1999.
Two-year player Jarad Preston topped Bayes’ career mark, averaging 43.7 per punt during the 2001 and 2002 seas