Name: Caleb Sturgis
College: University of Florida
In 2012, he set a single season UF record when he made 24 field goals and led the SEC.
Sturgis once wanted to make a career as a soccer player, but once he realized he wasn’t as good as his brother (Nathan Sturgis plays midfielder for the Colorado Rapids of the MLS) he decided on football while still in high school.
He’s one of six children. All who played collegiate sports.
Highlights of 2013
Once Sturgis won the starting job from then 5th year kicker of the Miami Dolphins Dan Carpenter, it would soon became apparent how special this rookie is. In Week 1 he was named the Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of the Week. In the Dolphins’ first game of the season against the Cleveland Browns he was 3-3 (45, 49 and 36 yards) in the 23-10 win.
Since then he’s been near perfect. Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts he went 1-1 (54), Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons 2-2 (45, 50) and in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints 1-1 (34). Unfortunately during last week’s match up with the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Sturgis broke his perfect streak when he missed the a potential game winning 57-yard kick. For the day he went 3-4 (37, 25 and 48).
Earlier in the preseason in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars he connected on a 58-yarder. Had Sturgis made last Sunday’s kick it would’ve been the second longest of his NFL career. The current NFL record is 63-yards which was first made in 1970 by the New Orleans Saints’ Tom Dempsey. Since then Denver Broncos’ Jason Elam (1998), Oakland Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski (2011) and most recently San Francisco 49ers’ David Akers(2012) have all tied the records. But, the way Sturgis has started out his rookie year there’s no reason to think he won’t take a shot at the long-standing record.
Sturgis is currently ranked at a tie for 6th amongst 34 kickers (ESPN Fantasy Football). Of those kickers he’s the most successful of the rookie class, with the rest sitting at the bottom. He’s also tied for 3rd for the longest field goals made (53 yards) thus far in the 2013 season. The longest is 58 yards made by Chicago Bears' kicker Robbie Gould.
As Heard on Twitter…
“Thank you to everyone who voted for me. We have the best fans! Can not wait for Indy #FinsUp” – 9/13/13 After being voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week
“How bout the young buck @CalebSturgis1 going 3 for 3 on field goals today! Good team win today! #FinsUp” -9/8/13 Punter Brandon Fields
What his coaches and peers are saying…
“Very high, I like what he’s done, he’s very professional, I liked his demeanor on the sideline during the ball game the other night. He was very professional about things, wasn’t jumping up and down, just did his job, did it well. He’s very serious about what he’s doing.” 8/15/13 Coach Joe Philbin on his confidence level in Sturgis
"I think he's the best placekicker in the country," Muschamp said. During list last two seasons he made 23-of-27 field goals and had six field goals of 50 yards or longer. – UF coach, Will Muschamp, during Sturgis' final season
“He’s got the strongest leg I’ve ever seen. I had never been at any camps with him but I had heard he was good. He definitely is. I’d say he was one of the top two or three kickers in the country this year.” (1/4/08) – Carson Wiggs, former Purdue and current NFL kicker and punter
“Caleb wants to be the best. He’s got that God given ability and unlike a lot of people who have the potential, but don’t work at it hard enough- he does. He’s a rare breed that has the ability and the drive and the want to really go as far as he wants to. He’s so competitive that he doesn’t allow himself to think that he could ever miss. He’s like a star player at the end of a basketball.” (6/11/06) – Dan Mowrey, St. Augustine High School Assistant Coach
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