Carolina's punter and placekicker returns for his final season in the Garnet & Black... strong-legged senior who has handled all three kicking chores: kickoffs, punts and placements for the Gamecocks... is a postseason honors candidate again in 2008... one of the top returning placekickers in college football who should be a candidate for the Lou Groza Award along with all-conference and All-America consideration... was a semi-finalist for the Groza Award in 2006... was the Joe Morrison Award winner in the spring as the team's Offensive Player of the Spring... is 29-for-39 in field goal attempts in his career (74.4 percent) and is 16-for-17 (94.1 percent) inside 40 yards... has converted 22 of his last 26 attempts (84.6 percent) from inside 47... has scored 161 points in his career, ranking 10th on Carolina's all-time list... averging 42.3 yards on 85 career punts.
2007: Was an Associated Press honorable mention All-SEC selection... earned SEC first-team preseason honors as a placekicker by the media and was a second-team selection by the coaches.... also earned preseason second-team All-SEC honors as a punter by both the media and coaches... named to the preseason Lou Groza Award watch list after being a semi-finalist for the award in 2006... also named to the Ray Guy Award watch list... was 13-for-17 in field goal attempts... three of his four misses came from at least 47 yards out (47, 48 and 50)... kicked three field goals in the 16-12 win at Georgia, earning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors... also punted seven times for a 40.7 yard average against the Bulldogs... punted five times for a 44.8 yard average against LSU... averaged 42.0 yards on six punts in the win over Kentucky, including a 52-yarder... matched his career-high with a 58-yard punt against Vanderbilt... hit a season-long 49-yard field goal at Tennessee with just under two minutes remaining to give the Gamecocks' a 24-21 lead... also handled the kick off duties... averaged 41.6 yards per punt, fourth in the SEC and 39th in the country, with a long of 58, and averaged 64.0 yards on his kickoffs.
2006: Earned second-team All-SEC honors as selected by the league's coaches... a semi-finalist for the Groza Award... connected on 16-of-20 of his field goal tries... his 80.0 percent accuracy was fourth in the SEC... actually only missed two - a 51-yarder that hit the left upright against Georgia and a 33-yarder against Houston in the Liberty Bowl... other two misses were blocked... was 10-for-11 from inside 47 yards... booted a 50-yarder against Tennessee and a career-high 55-yarder - the second longest in school history - against Vanderbilt... also had a 55-yarder taken off the board against Florida due to a penalty... averaged 42.8 yards per field goal attempt and 40.1 yards per field goal made... connected on 37-of-39 extra points for 85 points overall... his 85 points led the team and was the third-highest single-season total in school history... averaged 6.5 points per game, fourth in the SEC and the third-highest mark among kickers... 29 of 73 kickoff attempts (40 percent) were touchbacks... averaged 43.7 yards per punt, which would have ranked third in the SEC with enough punts to qualify... was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against Mississippi State when he connected on all three of his field goal attempts (39, 35 and 47 yards) and punted six times for a 48.7 yard average... also averted a certain blocked punt and scrambled 16 yards for a first down, leading to a Carolina score.
2005: Handled the kickoff chores as a true freshman and was the backup placekicker... kicked off 59 times for a 62.3 yard average with 29 touchbacks (49 pct.)... attempted two field goals, missing from 50 yards against UCF and from 46 versus Georgia.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Hickory (N.C.) High in 2005... played for Coach John Worley... four-time all-conference and two-time all-state performer... three-time conference Special Teams Player of the Year... in 2004, averaged 41 yards per punt, put 98 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone, was 12-of-14 FG and 42-of-42 on PATs... in 2003 he was 7-of-10 on field goals (long of 53 yards) and made all 38 of his PATs... three-time all-state selection in soccer... scored 104 career goals in soccer... rated the fourth-best kicker in the nation and the 16th-best prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com.
PERSONAL: Ryan B. Succop was born Sept. 19, 1986... pursuing a double major in finance and real estate with a minor in computer science.