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Craig Jarrett
Craig Jarrett

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Martinsville, Ind.

High School:
Martinsville

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 205

Position:
Punter

Birthdate:
07/19/1979

Experience:
2L


All-America candidate handles the punting chores for the third year in a row . . . his career 43.7-yard punting average ranks third on Michigan State's all-time list . . . rated among the nation's top punters by The Sporting News (No. 3) and Lindy's (No. 5) . . . preseason third-team All-America selection by Athlon Sports . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten pick by The Sporting News, Lindy's and Athlon Sports . . .

AS A SOPHOMORE: First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches in 1999 . . . earned second-team all-conference honors from the media . . . appeared in all 12 games in '99, and played 31.5 minutes . . . finished second in the Big Ten and No. 13 nationally in punting with his 43.5-yard average . . . key reason why MSU led the Big Ten and ranked No. 3 nationally in net punting with a 40.2-yard average . . . hit 19 punts over 50 yards and pinned 14 inside the opponents' 20-yard line . . . averaged 40.5 yards on 10 punts vs. Penn State, including a 67-yarder, and had four kicks downed inside the Nittany Lion 20 . . . his best single-game average was 48.6 yards on five punts vs. Illinois, including a 65-yarder . . . averaged over 40.0 yards per punt in 10 of 12 games . . . delivered season-long punts of 68 yards vs. Northwestern and Ohio State . . . had only one punt blocked in 63 attempts (vs. Notre Dame) . . .

AS A FRESHMAN: Earned third-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News in 1998 . . . second-team All-Big Ten choice by the media . . . saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman in '98 and played 31 minutes . . . ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 12 nationally in punting with his 43.8-yard average . . . it marked the ninth-best single-season punting average in MSU history and the highest mark since Greg Montgomery averaged 45.0 yards in '87 . . . stood third among the NCAA's top freshman punters, trailing only Arizona State's Stephen Baker (No. 3 at 45.7 avg.) and Ohio's Dave Zastudil (No. 4 at 45.3) . . . helped MSU win its share of battles for field position in '98 . . . hit 20 punts 50-plus yards and had 17 of his punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line . . . his 81-yard punt in the second quarter vs. Penn State traveled 70 yards in the air and marked the third-longest punt in Spartan history . . . averaged 43.4 yards on 10 punts vs. Minnesota, including four 50-yarders, and pinned the Gophers inside the 20-yard line three times . . . averaged 46.4 yards on seven punts vs. Indiana and had three kicks downed inside the Hoosier 15 . . . averaged 52.3 yards on three punts vs. Central Michigan . . . averaged 47.3 yards on seven kicks vs. Michigan, including a 60-yarder, and backed the Wolverines inside the 20 three times . . . produced a 50.3-yard average on six punts vs. Oregon and had two kicks downed inside the 15 . . . received a standing-ovation in Spartan Stadium after his first collegiate punt traveled 65 yards vs. Colorado State in the season opener and his second career punt was knocked out of bounds at the CSU 1-yard line . . .

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . first-team all-state selection as a senior by the Associated Press, IFCE, Bloomington Herald Times and the Indianapolis Star- News . . . listed on Indianapolis Star-News Super Team . . . averaged 44.5 yards per punt in 1997 . . . hit five punts 50 or more yards, including two 70-yarders . . . played for Coach Bill Siderwicz at Martinsville (Ind.) High . . . runs 4.7 in the 40 . . . born July 19, 1979.

Jarrett's Career Statistics

Punting G No. Yds. Avg. LG 50+ -20
1998 12 64 2803 43.8 81 20 17
1999 12 62 2699 43.5 68 19 14
Career 24 126 5502 43.7 81 39 31

Jarrett's Career Highs

Punts: 10, twice (last vs. Penn State, 1999)
Punting Yards: 434, vs. Minnesota (1998)
Average (Min. 4 punts): 50.3, vs. Oregon (1998)

Jarrett's Game-By-Game Statistics

1998

Punting No. Yds Avg. LG
Colorado State 2 114 57.0 65
Oregon 6 302 50.3 59
Notre Dame 4 150 37.5 58
Michigan 7 331 47.3 60
Central Michigan 3 157 52.3 57
Indiana 7 325 46.4 57
Minnesota 10 434 43.4 53
Northwestern 4 164 41.0 45
Ohio State 5 199 39.8 50
Purdue 3 94 31.3 39
Illinois 6 229 38.2 56
Penn State 7 304 43.4 81
Totals 64 2803 43.8 81

1999

Punting No. Yds Avg. LG
Oregon 4 169 42.3 55
Eastern Michigan 7 287 41.0 49
Notre Dame 7 321 45.9 54
Illinois 5 243 48.6 65
Iowa 1 29 29.0 29
Michigan 5 228 45.6 55
Purdue 5 222 44.4 62
Wisconsin 4 154 38.5 47
Ohio State 5 226 45.2 68
Northwestern 6 285 47.5 68
Penn State 10 405 40.5 67
Florida 3 130 43.3 50
Totals 62 2699 43.5 68

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