Ole Miss’ Wunderlich Crowned NCAA Statistical Champion

©2016 Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine.

Rebels’ Junior Kicker Led Country in Field Goal Percentage

OXFORD, Miss. – With the conclusion of the NCAA Division I football season on Monday, the season statistics became final and Ole Miss junior kicker Gary Wunderlich finished atop the country in field goal percentage.

Wunderlich is the 21st individual statistical champion in Ole Miss history and the first since Tyler Campbell led the nation in punting average in 2010. Wunderlich is the first Rebel to lead the country in field goal percentage.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Wunderlich made 22 of 23 field goals for a school-record 95.7 percent success rate, besting Georgia Southern’s Younghoe Koo (19 of 20, 95.0 percent) and 106 other qualified kickers.

The Lou Groza Award semifinalist also ranked fifth nationally with 1.83 field goals per game and 26th overall with 8.9 points scored per outing. His only field goal miss of the year was a 55-yard attempt. His 39-yarder with 37 seconds left won the game for the Rebels on the road at No. 8 Texas A&M, and he was tabbed Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

In the final team statistical rankings, Ole Miss finished top 15 in the country in passing offense (314.9 ypg, 13th), fewest fumbles lost (5, 12th), fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (4.67, 13th) and fewest penalties (59, 15th).

Senior quarterback Chad Kelly finished seventh nationally in total offense (343.3 ypg), ninth in passing (306.4 ypg), 13th in completions per game (22.78) and 20th in yards per pass attempt (8.41). Senior Carlos Davis finished 18th in combined kickoff and punt return yards (803).

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