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2002 Football Roster


Robert Billings

Class: r-Jr.
Position: P
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200 pounds
Previous School: Collierville
Hometown: Collierville, TN

In the Record Book: Enters the 2002 campaign ranked 10th in career punting yards, 10th in punting attempts, and sixth in career average ... His 42.3-yard average in 2001 was the fourth best in school history.

Noteworthy: A walk-on who was put on scholarship by Andy McCollum in the fall of 2001 ... Clocked at 1.68 in the 10-yard dash, which is exceptional for a punter ... Has booted 13 punts for 50 or more yards during his career.

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 opponent's 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.

Statistics
Punting No. Yds. Avg. Lg TB FC I20 Blk
2000 52 1951 37.5 62 6 7 18 0 2001 35 1481 42.3 58 6 5 9 0 Total 87 3432 39.4 62 12 12 27 0