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10 Eric Wilbur
  • Punter
  • 6-2, 192
  • Senior, 3L
  • Winter Park
  • Trinity Prep

A true senior who is a three-year starter at punter…

HONORS: Became the first punter in school history to be named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award…Named to the Sporting News All-Freshman Team and was chosen as the Rivals.com Freshman All-American in 2004…Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2004 (Coaches)…Named to the Knoxville-News Sentinel All-Freshman Team in 2004… Named to the 2005 SEC Coaches' Second Team Preseason All-SEC Team…

CAREER: Has seen action in 35 games…Reached over 5,000 career-yards punting in the Peach Bowl against Miami…

2005: Ranked sixth in the SEC with an average of 41.4 yards per punt and his 56 punts were third behind Blake McAdams (69) of Mississippi State and Britton Colquitt (59) of Tennessee…Collected a total of 2,459 yards, which was best in the SEC…Recorded his longest punt of the season (63 yards) against Iowa at the Outback Bowl. The punt was the longest by a Florida player in a bowl game…Made three punts for an average of 46.3 yards against the Hawkeyes…Recorded four punts for 178 yards versus Florida State for an average of 44.5 yards. Had one punt downed inside the 20-yard line and another roll for a touchback…Had four punts versus South Carolina for 129 yard and a 32.2 average…Recorded a 52-yard punt against Vanderbilt…Made a 50+ yard punt in eight of the Gators' 12 games…Placed three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line against the Commodores. Wilbur has pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 22 times…Rushed for 20 yards on a fake punt versus Georgia. The rush was the first of his career…Punted for 222 yards against the Bulldogs for an average of 37.0 yards per punt. Four of his punts were pinned inside the 20-yard line…Set a UF record by recording 432 yards at LSU. Ray Criswell set the previous record with 424 yards on nine punts versus Auburn in 1985…Topped his career-best with 10 punt attempts in a single game…Had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line at LSU… Made a 51-yard punt in the second quarter…Made six punts versus Mississippi State for 284 yards. The longest went for 56 yards and averaged 47.3 yards…Pinned the Bulldogs' at their one-yard line twice, leading to a pair of safeties…Delivered five of six kicks inside of the 20-yard line versus Mississippi State…Recorded a 52-yard punt versus Alabama. Made five total punts during the game for an average of 39.8 yards…Made one punt for 34 yards versus Kentucky...Made five punts against Tennessee for a total of 188 yards and a 37.6 average. Had two punts called that were fair caught and one downed inside the 20-yard line…Also made five kickoffs versus Tennessee for 293 yards…Made six punts versus Louisiana Tech. Three of the six landed inside the 20-yard line. He also had a 55-yard punt in the fourth quarter…Made four punts for 178 yards in the season opener versus Wyoming. The longest was a 53-yard kick in the first quarter…Handled kickoffs for the first time in his career versus Wyoming. Had one kick reach the endzone for a touchback…Earned second-team mention on the SEC Coaches' Preseason Team…

2004: AP Honorable Mention All-SEC…Named the Co-Outstanding Special Teams Player at the conclusion of the 2004 season…The starting punter in all 11 games he played in this year for 52 plays…Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Did not see action in the Vanderbilt game, the only game all year when UF didn't punt…Delivered 11 kicks this season inside of the 20-yard line…Finished third in the SEC in average yards per kick with a 42.3 average and 33rd nationally…In the last regular game of the season against Florida State, Wilbur booted three punts over 50 yards, covering distances of 57 (a season long), 52 and 51 yards…Placed four kicks inside of the 20 in the LSU contest, including a pair at the Tigers' one-yard line…Kicked a then-season long 56-yard punt, twice, against LSU…Finished the 2004 season with 46 punts for 1,957 yards… Reached over 1,000 yards punting by the sixth game of 2004…

2003: Ranked second in the SEC, averaging 44.8 yards per punt, the second-best figure in school history…Turned in the best average by a freshman in school history…Led all true freshmen nationally and ranked eighth overall with a 44.8 average…Tied the school record for most punts in a season by a freshman…Had 17 punts of 50+ yards, including four over 60 yards…Had a 50+ yard punt in nine of 13 games…Boomed a career-long 75-yarder in the first quarter against Tennessee…It was the fourth-longest punt in school history and the longest by a true freshman…The 75-yard punt versus the Vols was the longest punt in the SEC in 2003…Had seven punts at LSU for 355 yards (50.7 avg), including a 66-yarder…Had a 58-yarder in the fourth quarter against Miami, Fla.…Was one of seven true freshmen to play in every game during 2003…

PREP: Selected as the No. 1 kicker in Florida and the nation's No. 7 kicking prospect by SuperPrep…First-team all-state kicker…Was 11-of-14 on field goals with a long of 48…Averaged 48 yards per punt as a senior and 78 percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks…Also named second-team all-state at the safety position and saw time at wide receiver…Recipient of the Steve Phillips Football Award…Named Team MVP senior season…Had 87 tackles, four interceptions and three caused fumbles…Returned one interception for a touchdown…Played in the 2003 Army All-American Bowl…Recorded a 70-yard punt in the Central Florida All-Star Game…Averaged 42.1 yards per punt as a junior, made 34 of 36 extra points, and connected on 60 percent of his field goal attempts…Also played soccer, baseball, and was a decathlete in high school…Was named Track Team MVP and district winner in the long jump…Also considered Miami, Notre Dame, and UCF in the recruiting process…High school football coach was Drew Nemec…

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CAREER PUNTING STATISTICS
Year No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 BLK
2003 66 2954 44.8 75 9 5 16 1
2004 53 2243 42.3 57 6 11 11 0
2005 59 2459 41.6 63 5 16 22 1
Totals: 178 7656 43.0 75 20 32 49 2

WILBUR'S CAREER HIGHS
Longest Punt: 75 (Tennessee, 2003)
Punting Yards: 401 (Iowa, 2004)
Punts Attempted: 10 (LSU, 2005)
Punting Average: 50.8 (Tennessee, 2003)

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