|30 Ben Hartman|
A personable and free-spirited athlete who perhaps has experienced the highs of an entire career in his first two full-time seasons as ECU's top placekicker ... In all, has drilled a combined six game-winning field goals in the last three years, four coming on the last play of the game ... In addition to an overtime three-pointer at Southern Miss in 2006, also booted dramatic time-expiring game-winners in arguably the Pirates' two biggest wins of the '07 season (North Carolina, Boise State)... Added overtime deciders against UCF and Marshall in '08 before delivering the game-clincher at Tulsa with under two minutes to play to help ECU capture the Conference USA title ... Also enjoyed a school-record streak of 77 straight PATs before ending the run late in the '08 campaign ... Officially joined East Carolina program as a walk-on in the fall of '05 ... Opened spring drills but was sidelined shortly thereafter with a nagging hip injury that also delayed the start of his junior season ... Expected to close out career as the Pirates' top placekicker for the third-straight year if full return from injury is realized ... A Preseason First-Team All-Conference USA choice by Phil Steele Magazine and Sporting News ... Also earned "Best Under Pressure" designation among all C-USA players by Sporting News ... Will enter senior season ranked among the NCAA career active leaders in FGA (2.07) per game and FG (1.32) per game ... Has 12 career multi-field goal performances ... Completed requirements for a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and participated in graduation exercises in May, 2009.
2008: Shook off an early-season upper leg/hip injury to earn a No. 2 national rank in field goals per game average ... Drilled 21 of 31 field goal tries (67.7 percent), connecting for at least one three-pointer in all games played (11) ... Established a new school single-season record with the 21 field goals and matched a program single-game record with four treys (vs. Marshall, UTEP) ... Connected on a season-long 51-yarder vs. Marshall while also hitting four from 40-49 yards out (45 vs. Virginia, 47 vs. UAB, 48 vs. Tulsa and 43 vs. Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl) ... Was responsible for three game-winning boots, two coming in overtime in back-to-back weeks (39-yarder at UCF, 27-yarder vs. Marshall) ... Also contributed what proved to be a game-deciding 36-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining in the Pirates' 27-24 victory over Tulsa in Conference USA Championship Game ... Coupled with two game-winners in 2007 (North Carolina, Boise State), has now delivered five game-deciding kicks in the last two seasons ... In addition to a 51-yarder and the winning 27-yarder, also nailed field goals from 31 and 21 yards out against the Thundering Herd to earn C-USA Special Team Player-of-the-Week honors ... Other multi-field goal outings include Virginia (two), UCF (two), Tulsa (two) and Kentucky (two) ... Was perfect on two occasions (multiple FGAs), going 4-of-4 vs. Miners and 2-of-2 vs. Kentucky ... Converted 24-of-26 extra-point attempts (92.3 percent), opening the season with 18 straight successful kicks ... Had a school-record streak of 77 consecutive PATs made snapped against UTEP (fourth extra-point attempt of contest) ... Suffered other miss vs. Kentucky, but still possesses a career percentage of 97.6 (83-of-85).
2007: Extended the school record for consecutive PATs to 59 straight with a perfect 50-of-50 ledger as a sophomore ... Booted two time-expiring, game-winning field goals (UNC, Boise State) during campaign ... Ranked fifth in C-USA in scoring for kickers (6.8 ppg) and ninth in FGs per game (1.00) ... Made 13-of-22 FGs with a career-long of 52 yards at UTEP ... Also handled kickoff duties for Pirates, averaging 61.2 yards per boot with seven touchbacks ... Although missing three earlier attempts (30, 32, 37), connected on a 39-yarder at the end of regulation against the Tar Heels to give ECU the win ... Was a perfect 4-of-4 on PATs and converted a 33-yard field goal try at Houston ... Connected on a career-best seven PATs vs. UCF ... Also produced a career-high nine kickoffs for 519 yards (57.6 avg.) against Knights ... Hit a then career-best three FGs (24, 28 and 52, a career-long), delivered four PATs and had seven kickoffs for 467 yards (66.7 avg.) with two TBs at UTEP ... Booted a personal-best eight PATs at Memphis ... Tacked on a career-high three special teams tackles (two solo, assist) against Tigers ... Successful on all five PATs against Tulane to officially set a new school record for consecutive PATs made (54) ... Contributed game-winning field goal from 34 yards out with no time left to help Pirates to a 41-38 victory over Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl ... In all, made both three-point attempts (36, 34) and was a perfect 5-for-5 on PATs against Broncos at Aloha Stadium.
2006: Played in a total of four games and officially served as the program's top placekicker during a two-game stretch (SMU, Southern Miss) ... Also experienced action against N.C. State and USF as a redshirt freshman ... Was a perfect nine-of-nine in PATs ... Connected on 60 percent of field goal FG attempts (3-5) ... Took over the kicking duties and made collegiate debut against SMU (10/21) ... Nailed five-of-five PATs and a 36-yard field goal ... Converted two-of-three field goals attempts, which included a then-career-long 47-yarder in the first quarter a week later at Southern Miss ... The other three-pointer, a 19-yard effort in overtime, gave ECU an eventual 20-17 victory over Golden Eagles ... Converted only kick of game at N.C. State, tacking on the extra point after the Pirates' final touchdown that resulted in a 21-16 triumph at Carter-Finley Stadium ... Drilled only PAT attempt in the first half of the Papajohns.com Bowl against South Florida, but missed a 47-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter.
2005: Earned roster position during fall preseason camp ... Promoted to travel roster but did not experience any live, game-day kicking duties.
High School: A four-year letterman and team captain for coach Mark Holcomb at North Davidson High School ... Earned all-county, and all-conference accolades as a senior ... Also selected to the All-Northwest squad (honorable mention) ... Selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game ... Was seven-of-14 on field goal tries with a career-long of 45 yards ... Helped lead Black Knights to a combined 15-9 mark as a junior (9-3) and senior (6-6) ... Also picked up additional varsity letter as soccer standout ... Strong performer in classroom with two-year Honor Roll designation.
Personal: Full name is Benjamin Kyle Hartman ... Born December 3, 1986 at Winston-Salem, N.C. ... Undecided on academic plans in regards to pursuing second bachelor's degree or entering graduate school ... Completed requirements for a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and participated in graduation exercises in May, 2009 ... Lists fishing as hobby of choice ... Earned selection to the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.