10  Ryan Dougherty
Ryan Dougherty

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Orlando, Fla.

High School:
Boone

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 232

Position:
Punter

Birthdate:
04/10/1984

Experience:
3L


10/21/2006

ECU 38, SMU 21

ECU 38, SMU 21

A two-time All-Conference USA standout who will most likely close career with reputation as one of East Carolina's top punters in school history ... Will vie for Ray Guy Award honors for the third straight year ... A popular student-athlete who, despite his role as a special teams member, is often requested for media interviews and public appearances ... Exemplary work ethic and strong sense of self-discipline are on daily display through prominent individual workouts ...Rated as the 13th-best punter nationally and was chosen to the Second-Team All-Conference USA squad by Phil Steele's 2006 College Football Magazine ... Expected to handle program's top punting and kickoff duties again in 2006.

2005: Finished junior season with a punting average over 40.0 yards per game for the third straight season ... Averaged 40.8 yards per punt (58 attempts) ... Had a long punt of 63 (Rice) and placed 20 inside the opponents 20-yard line ... Will enter senior season ranked fourth all-time in both C-USA career punts and career punting yards ... Also handled ECU's kickoff duties and recorded 30 touchbacks in 57 kicks (52.6 percent) ... Had 25 touchbacks in the last seven games (38 kicks) ... Enjoyed a string of 14 consecutive touchbacks (Oct. 8 to Oct. 29) ... Top punting effort of season was a 47.0 average (2-94) at Marshall ... Recipient of team's Effort Award (special teams) ... vs. Duke (9/3): Punted five times for 201 yards (40.2 average) ... Established a new career single-game best by placing four punts inside the 20-yard line ... Had a long boot of 59 yards ... vs. Wake Forest (9/17): Recorded 279 punt yards (seven/39.9 ypp) ... vs. West Virginia (9/24): Punted seven times against the Mountaineers for 270 yards (38.6 ypp.) ... Placed two punts inside the WVU 20-yard line ... vs. Southern Miss (10/1): Had three punts against the Golden Eagles for 106 yards (35.3 ypp) ... Sent two punts inside the opponent 20-yard line ... Logged first special teams tackle of season ... vs. Rice (10/8): Booted five punts against the Owls for 229 yards (45.8 ypp) ... Set a season-long with a 63-yard effort (first 60-yarder since career-high of 68 against Memphis on Nov. 20, 2004) ... vs. SMU (10/15): Posted lowest average of season against Mustangs with mark of 35.2 ypp (5-176) ... Tallied touchbacks on all five kickoffs ... vs. Memphis (10/22): Averaged 43.5 per boot with a six-punt, 261-yard performance ... Boomed a 60-yarder, marking the third straight season in which he has at least two punts for 60 yards or more ... Notched touchbacks on four of five kickoffs ... vs. UCF (10/29): Placed two punts inside the Golden Knights 20-yard line ... Boomed four punts for 164 yards (41.0 ypp.) ... vs. Tulsa (11/12): Booted seven punts against the Golden Hurricane to move to seventh all-time on the C-USA punting list, passing Chet Ervin (174, Cincinnati 2002-04) and former Pirate Andrew Bayes (176, ECU 1997-99) ... His 281-yard effort moved him to seventh in the C-USA record book with 7,485 career yards, passing Jimmy McClary (7,208, Houston 2001-03) ... s. Marshall (11/19): Punted twice for 94 yards (47.0 ypp) to eclipse Tulane's Casey Roussel (178, 1999-01) on the league punting attempts list ... vs. UAB (11/26): Matched a season-high with seven punts for a 43.9 average ... Turned in second-best kickoff effort of year with an average length of 62.5 yards (six kicks, three touchbacks) ... Also was credited with a pair of special teams stops.

2004: Turned in second straight solid effort as program's top punter, averaging 41.8 yards per boot ... A second-team All-Conference USA performer ... Brief early season slump solely prevented honors campaign but rebounded in stellar fashion over last half of season ... Turned in average of 43.9 in the last six contests (USM, Army, UH, USF, Memphis and N.C. State) ... Averaged 45.3 yards in seven boots vs. West Virginia and 44.8 yards per punt (five) vs. Wake Forest to open season ... Suffered worst career effort with 31.8 ypp average vs. Cincinnati, snapping a streak of 14 straight games with an average of 40.0 ypg or better ... Punted nine times against Louisville for 322 yards (35.8 average) ... Improved his average yards per punt in three contests vs. Tulane (41.1 on seven punts), Southern Miss (42.4 on five punts) and Army (43.2 on four punts) ... Punted five times for 201 yards (40.2 avg.) including three punts inside the 20-yard line against Houston before averaging 45.5 yards (four punts) vs. USF ... Punted three times (169 yards) versus Memphis, averaging a career-high 56.3 yards per boot ... Booming 68-yard punt vs. Tigers also established a new career-long ... Finished season with a 42.5 clip in a career-high 10 punts vs. N.C. State at Bank of America Stadium ... Selected to the Ray Guy Award Watch List prior to the start of the season.

2003: Was the only Conference USA freshman to earn first-team all-conference kudos ... Also named to the C-USA All-Freshman unit ... Selected to the College Football News Freshman All-America Team (honorable mention) ... Stood ninth nationally but led Conference USA in punting with a 44.5 yard average ... Punting average ranked as the third-highest single season average in school history ... Pinned opponents inside their own 20-yard line in 15 of 64 punts ... Longest punt of the season was a 65-yard effort against Cincinnati in collegiate debut.

High School: Rated as one of the top six kicking specialists in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel .. A Class 6-A All-state pick as a punter, averaging 41.8 yards per boot as a senior at Boone High School ... Set school record for longest punt (75 yards) ... Also earned all-metro and all-county honors as a kicker ... Chosen to the All-Central Florida squad as a kicker and wide receiver ... Caught 16 passes for 320 yards while rushing for an additional 68 yards ... Incredibly, put 98 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone ... Played in two post-season all-star games ... Helped guide team to a 7-3 record and district title in 2001 ... Also lettered in track and was an all-state performer in soccer ... Coached by Phil Ziglar.

Personal: Full name is Christopher Ryan Dougherty ... Born April 10, 1984 at Oklahoma City, Okla. ... A physical education major ... Named to the 2004-05 and 2005-06 ECU Athletics Director's Honor Roll (fall and spring).