Tory Taylor stats: Iowa punter breaks decades-old NCAA record for punting yards in a season

Iowa’s offense struggled all season despite finishing with a 10-3 record.

The Hawkeyes only averaged 16.6 points per game, which was fourth-worst among the 133 FBS schools in the country.

But they say there’s beauty in the struggle and that came in the form of senior Tory Taylor, who established himself as one of the best punters in college football history.

Taylor was a unanimous All-American, receiving the honor from all five publications designated by the NCAA — The Sporting News, the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

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He, of course, also won the Ray Guy Award, given to the best punter in college football.

And with Taylor’s first punt in Iowa’s Citrus Bowl showdown against Tennessee, he broke an 85-year-old record for the most punting yards in a single season.

For more on Taylor and his decade-old punting record, The Sporting News has you covered below.

Tory Taylor breaks NCAA punting yards record

Taylor entered the Citrus Bowl with 4,119 punting yards, just 20 shy of taking over the NCAA’s all-time single-season punting record.

The record was previously held by Michigan State’s Johnny Pingel, who booted 4,138 yards worth of punts for the Spartans all the way back in 1938.

On Taylor’s first punt of the game against Tennessee, he boomed a 62-yard bomb to flip the field as he has done all year, taking him to a record-breaking 4,181 punting yards on the season.

As mentioned by SportsGrid’s Ben Stevens, this was Taylor’s seventh punt of 60-plus yards and his 31st that was downed inside the opposing team’s 20-yard line this season.

Taylor’s 86 punts were the most in the FBS heading into this contest. He averaged 47.9 yards per punt, which led the Big Ten and was fourth-best in college football.

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Where is Tory Taylor from?

Taylor is from Melbourne, Australia.

According to Iowa’s official website, he had experience playing Australian football but he did not compete as a punter in high school.

Taylor is listed at 6-4, 232 pounds. He is a senior at Iowa and has been one of the best punters in college football during his entire tenure as a Hawkeye.

He has led the NCAA and Big Ten in punts and punting yards in back-to-back seasons and was a consensus All-American in 2023.

Taylor announced that he will enter the 2024 NFL Draft after Iowa’s Citrus Bowl game against Tennessee.

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