Walk-on kicker who is in his third season with the Gamecocks... heads into the spring as the favorite to win the starting punting assignment and could also factor in on placements as well as kickoff duty.
2016: Served as a reserve most of the season... was pressed into duty for the first time in his career in the Birmingham Bowl when regular Sean Kelly was not able to answer the bell... punted twice for a 44.0-yard average with a long of 48 yards.
2015: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Westminster School in Augusta, Ga. in 2015... as a senior, earned GISA Class AAA all-region and all-state honors in football, all-region honors in soccer, was Westminster's MVP in both football and soccer and was the school's Athlete of the Year... coached in football by Steve Ackley... as a senior for the Wildcats, converted 11-of-13 field goals, including one from 54 yards out, and all 31 extra point attempts... averaged 42 yards on 42 punts and had 40 touchbacks on 57 kickoffs... also played wide receiver and defensive back... played in the GISA All-Star football game... as a junior in 2013, was successful on 11-of-14 field goals and all 26 PATs... averaged 39 yards per punt... helped the soccer team to the GISA state title in both 2014 and 2015.
PERSONAL: Michael Graham Almond is an exercise science major.