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2003 Football Roster


Robert Billings

Class: r-Sr.
Position: P
Height: 6-0
Weight: 209 pounds
Previous School: Collierville HS
Hometown: Collierville, TN

In the Record Book: Is Middle Tennessee's career average leader (41.4 yard average), third in yardage and tied for fourth in attempts ... Owns the single-game punting average of 56.5 yards, which he set in 2002 at New Mexico State ... His 42.6 yard average in 2002 was the second best in school history.

2003: Played in 11 games and started 11 times ... Had a season average of 42.1 yards and placed 10 of his 61 attempts inside the opponents 20-yard line ... Had at least one 51-yard punt in all 11 games he played ... Missed his first game as a collegian in the opener against FAU ... Came back against Georgia and punted five times for a 36.4-yard average, including a long of 52 yards ... Also nailed a 52 yarder at Clemson ... Had a 46.0-yard average at Missouri on four punts ... Punted six times for a 45.3-yard average against Temple, including a long punt of 53 yards ... Had a 44.3-yard average and a long boot of 56 yards in the win over NMSU ... Averaged 42.0 yards at Idaho on four attempts and averaged 42.5 yards on 4 tries against North Texas ... Scored his first collegiate touchdown when he took a fake punt and ran 54 yards to the endzone against Troy State ... Earned SBC Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Nov. 10 following the TSU win.

2002: Earned first team all-Sun Belt honors after leading the league in punting ... Voted preseason first team all-Sun Belt by the leagues coaches ... The Football Writers Association of America placed Billings on their 2002 All-America Watch List ... Was also on the Ray Guy Watch List ... Averaged 42.6 yards a punt, which was the second-best total in school history ... Averaged 43.0 yards or more a punt in seven games ... Eighteen of his 61 punts were downed inside the opponents 20-yard line, while 12 went 50 yards or longer ... Placed a personal-best four punts inside the opponents 20-yard line against SEMO and later matched that total at Idaho ... Set a school record at New Mexico State by averaging 56.5 yards a punt, which included a career-long 68-yarder (seventh longest in school history).

2001: Earned second team all-Sun Belt Conference honors ... Voted Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 ... Was voted the Blue Raiders Special Teams MVP following the Vanderbilt, Louisiana-Lafayette, and New Mexico State games ... Played and started in all 11 games ... His 42.3-yard punting average was the fourth best in a single-season at Middle Tennessee and led the Sun Belt Conference ... Placed nine of his 35 punts inside the opponents 20-yard line ... Had a total of 10 punts travel 50 yards or more, including a personal best three against New Mexico State ... Enjoyed a career best single-game punting average of 50.7 yards in a win over Idaho on three attempts (was also second best in school history) ... Boomed a season-long punt of 58 yards in the opener at Vanderbilt.

2000: Started and played in every game as a freshman ... Averaged 37.5 yards a punt on 52 attempts ... Had 18 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including a personal best five against Louisiana-Monroe ... Boomed three punts over 50 yards (62 vs UAB, 56 vs Louisiana-Monroe, 52 vs South Florida) ... Best single-game average was 42.0 against UAB ... Had a career-high nine punts at No. 8 Florida ... 10 of his 18 punts downed inside the 20-yard line came against Louisiana schools ... Named Special Teams Co-MVP following the Louisiana-Monroe game.

1999: Redshirted, but did travel to every game.

High School: Was an all-region running back for Collierville his senior year ... Rushed for 937 yards ... Averaged 38.7 yards a punt, while also leading the team in tackles with 109 ... Lettered in football three years, baseball two years and track two years ... Played football for coach Paul Cox.

Personal: Parents: Buddy and Linda Billings ... Born: 9/23/80 ... Major: Aerospace.