Mike Nugent

Michael Nugent (born March 2, 1982) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Ohio State University, and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders.

Mike Nugent
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Nugent with the Cowboys in 2017
Free agent
Personal information
Born:March 2, 1982 (age 37)
Centerville, Ohio
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Centerville (Centerville, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Field goals:247
Field goal attempts:305
FG percentage:81.0%
Field goal long:55
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Nugent was born in Centerville, Ohio. He attended Centerville High School, and played kicker and quarterback on the Elks football team. He was a teammate of linebacker A. J. Hawk on the school's football team.

As a senior kicker, he converted on five out of seven field goal attempts of greater than fifty yards (24 of 27 altogether), kicked a 55-yard field goal twice, and was 29 out of 29 extra point attempts.

College career

While attending Ohio State University, Nugent played for coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2001 to 2004. During his four-year career at Ohio State, he broke or tied 22 school records, including most points in a career by any player at Ohio State (356).

He completed 72 of 88 field goal attempts and 140 of 143 extra point attempts. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2002 and again as a unanimous All-American senior in 2004,[1] and received the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top college placekicker in 2004.[2]

He also was part of the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes Division I National Championship team. He became the first kicker in school history to earn team most valuable player honors.[3]

Career statistics

Ohio State Buckeyes
Field goals PAT
Season Class GP Long FGM FG Att Pct XPM XP Att Pct Points
2001 FR 11 44 7 14 50 23 25 92.0 44
2002 SO 14 51 25 28 89.3 45 46 97.8 120
2003 JR 13 53 16 19 84.2 38 38 100.0 86
2004 SR 12 55 24 27 88.9 30 30 100.0 102
Totals 55 72 88 81.8 136 139 97.8 352


Professional career

New York Jets

Nugent was selected by the New York Jets in the second round (47th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. During the opening game of the 2008 NFL season, Nugent injured his quadriceps following an extra point. To replace Nugent the Jets signed Jay Feely, who performed so well in the position that he became the Jets' starter while Nugent, who eventually recovered from his injury, was forced to stay on the bench.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

As an unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Nugent signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 4 and won the job over Matt Bryant in the preseason due to Bryant's injury. After converting just two of his first six tries (2 blocked) through four games, Nugent was released by the Buccaneers on October 5.

Arizona Cardinals

Nugent signed with the Arizona Cardinals on December 16, 2009 as a temporary replacement for the injured Neil Rackers. He was waived by the Cardinals on January 2, 2010.[5]

Cincinnati Bengals

Mike Nugent
Nugent with the Bengals in 2011
Mike Nugent kicks off for Bengals training camp
Nugent kicking off during the Bengals' training camp in 2012

Nugent signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on April 23, 2010. He competed with Dave Rayner throughout training camp and the preseason for the Bengals starting job. Nugent eventually won the competition when the Bengals released Rayner on September 4, 2010, after Nugent made 54- and 52-yard field goals in the team's final two preseason games. Nugent was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for the month of September by going 8 for 8 on field goal tries in the Bengals' first three games of the season.

In 2011, Nugent set franchise records for points (132) and field goals (33). He signed a one-year contract tender with the Bengals for the 2012 season, and on March 10, 2013, the Bengals re-signed Nugent to a two-year deal.[6] On September 7, 2014, Nugent tied the NFL record for most field goals made in one half with 5.

On January 4, 2015, Nugent kicked a career-long 58-yard field goal during the AFC first-round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. On October 11, 2015, Nugent made a winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in overtime in Week 5, 2015.

Nugent was released by the Bengals on December 13, 2016 after missing five PAT attempts in five games.[7]

New York Giants

On August 1, 2017, Nugent signed with the New York Giants where he would compete with Aldrick Rosas for the starting position.[8] At the conclusion of the preseason, Nugent was cut from the Giants' roster on September 2, 2017.[9]

Dallas Cowboys

On October 24, 2017, Nugent was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a stand-in for injured Dan Bailey, reuniting with Rich Bisaccia who was his special teams coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[10] He was released on November 26, after Bailey was deemed healthy from his previous groin injury.[11] He made 7 out of 9 field goals in four games.

Chicago Bears

On December 4, 2017, the Chicago Bears signed Nugent to replace the injured Cairo Santos.[12] In Week 17, Nugent tied his personal record when he converted a 55-yard field goal.

Oakland Raiders

On August 4, 2018, Nugent signed with the Oakland Raiders.[13] He was placed on injured reserve on September 26, 2018 after suffering a hip injury in Week 3.[14]

Career statistics

Overall FG PAT Kickoffs
Season Team GP Blk Long FG Att FGM Pct XP Att XPM Pct Blk KO Avg TB Ret Avg
2005 NYJ 16 1 49 28 22 78.6 24 24 100.0 0 63 59.4 1 60 20.8
2006 NYJ 16 0 54 27 24 88.9 35 34 97.1 0 74 60.5 2 69 21.2
2007 NYJ 16 0 50 36 29 80.6 24 23 95.8 1 65 61.1 9 51 24.9
2008 NYJ 1 0 0 1 0 0.0 2 2 100.0 0 3 52.7 0 3 16.3
2009 TB 4 1 37 6 2 33.3 6 6 100.0 0 12 60.4 2 9 21.3
2009 ARI 2 0 48 2 2 100.0 8 8 100.0 0 12 59.3 0 12 20.8
2010 CIN 9 1 54 19 15 78.9 17 17 100.0 0 44 63.3 7 34 26.5
2011 CIN 16 1 49 38 33 86.8 34 33 97.1 0 80 66.5 36 44 20.8
2012 CIN 12 0 55 23 19 82.6 35 35 100.0 0 65 66.6 21 43 26.0
2013 CIN 16 0 54 22 18 81.8 53 52 98.1 1 86 63.9 32 52 23.4
2014 CIN 16 1 49 33 26 78.8 39 39 100.0 0 81 65.6 37 44 25.5
2015 CIN 16 1 52 28 23 82.1 49 48 98.0 1 89 65.0 6 7 30.7
2016 CIN 13 0 47 29 23 79.3 29 23 79.3 0 63 63.0 28 34 22.9
2017 DAL 4 0 48 9 7 77.8 8 8 100.0 0 19 65.6 11 8 23.8
2017 CHI 4 0 55 4 4 100.0 9 7 77.8 1 17 59.8 7 10 15.7
Total 161 6 55 305 247 81.0 372 359 96.5 4 773 63.4 235 519 23.0



  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "Previous Winners". Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Nugent Named Buckeyes' Most Valuable Player". www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The Ohio State University. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mike Nugent College Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Cards cut Nugent, add Banks". January 2, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Sunday's moves: Bengals re-sign Mike Nugent; Redskins keep snapper".
  7. ^ Hobson, Geoff (December 13, 2016). "Bengals move from Nugent, claim Bullock". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 1, 2017). "Giants sign veteran kicker Mike Nugent". Giants.com.
  9. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 2, 2017). "New York Giants announce 2017 53-man roster". Giants.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Helman, David (October 24, 2017). "Cowboys Add Veteran Kicker Mike Nugent, Release DE Damontre' Moore". DallasCowboys.com.
  11. ^ Phillips, Rob (November 26, 2017). "Cowboys Release McFadden, Nugent; Sign Pass Rusher, Promote RB To Roster". DallasCowboys.com.
  12. ^ Mayer, Larry (December 4, 2017). "Nugent replaces injured Santos as Bears kicker". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "Raiders sign kicker Mike Nugent; waive kicker Giorgio Tavecchio". Raiders.com. August 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Raiders Sign K Matt McCrane; Place K Mike Nugent on IR". Raiders.com. September 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "Mike Nugent". National Football League. Retrieved December 19, 2016.

External links

2002 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was the national champion of the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was the first in Division I-A (now Division I FBS) history to finish its season at 14–0, and the second to win 14 games, following BYU's 14–1 season in 1996. The Buckeyes' record-tying 14 wins has since been matched by multiple teams, including the 2014 national championship team, which went 14–1. Led by co-MVPs junior quarterback Craig Krenzel and sophomore wide receiver/cornerback Chris Gamble, freshman standout tailback Maurice Clarett, and senior safety Mike Doss, the Buckeyes won the Big Ten, then won the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, which was also the 2003 BCS National Championship Game to finish as college football's national champions for the first time since 1968.

2003 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2003 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes played their home games in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State finished the season with an overall record of 11–2 and placed second in the Big Ten Conference with mark of 6–2. The Buckeyes concluded their season with a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

2004 Alamo Bowl

The 2004 Alamo Bowl featured the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Ohio State got on the board first, when quarterback Justin Zwick connected with wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez for a 23-yard touchdown pass, and a 7–0 lead. Mike Nugent connected on field goals of 37 and 35 yards in the first quarter as well, as Ohio State built a 13–0 lead over Oklahoma State.

In the second quarter, running back Lydell Ross rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and a 20–0 lead. He finished the game with 12 carries for 99 yards. Nugent connected on his third field goal of the game, this one from 41 yards out, as Ohio State increased its lead to 23–0, before halftime.

In the third quarter, Ted Ginn, Jr. rushed five yards for a touchdown, increasing Ohio State's lead to 30–0. Nugent kicked his final field goal in the fourth quarter, a 37 yarder to give Ohio State a 33–0 lead. Shaun Willis rushed for a 4-yard touchdown at the end of the game, to make the final score 33–7.

2004 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 2004 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ryan Field and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. They were coached by Randy Walker.

2004 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2004 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head football coach was Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes played their home games at Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a record of 8–4 and a Big Ten Conference record of 4–4.

2005 New York Jets season

The 2005 New York Jets season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 46th season overall, and the fifth and final under head coach Herman Edwards. The Jets were attempting to improve upon their 10–6 record from 2004 but failed to do so, and finished the season with a 4–12 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

2007 New York Jets season

The 2007 New York Jets season was the franchise's 38th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 48th season overall, and the second under head coach Eric Mangini. The team attempted to improve upon their 10–6 record from 2006, but failed and finished the season with a 4–12 record, missing the playoffs since 2005.

2010 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2010 Cincinnati Bengals season was the 41st season for the team in the National Football League (NFL), and their 43rd overall. The Bengals looked to improve on their 10–6 record in 2009, during which they swept the AFC North for the first time in team history and made the playoffs as division champions. At the conclusion of the season, however, the Bengals finished 4–12 and were unable to qualify for the playoffs.

2012 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2012 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 45th season as a professional sports franchise and its 43rd season as a member of the National Football League (NFL). This also marked the 22nd season under the leadership of owner and team president Mike Brown and the 10th season under head coach Marvin Lewis. The team improved on its 2011 season, finishing tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North division title, but lost the tiebreaker to the Ravens. The Bengals, however, made the playoffs as a Wild Card, finishing as the 6th seed in the AFC playoffs, but lost to the Houston Texans for a second consecutive season.

2012 was the first non-strike season in Bengals history in which they made it to the NFL playoffs for a second consecutive year.

2013 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2013 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League, the 46th overall, and the 11th under head coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals improved on their 10–6 regular season record from 2012 and clinched the AFC North division title. However, the Bengals lost 27–10 to the San Diego Chargers in the playoffs — the third consecutive season that the Bengals had lost in the Wild Card round. Their training camp was featured on the HBO show Hard Knocks.

2015 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2015 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, the 48th overall and the thirteenth under head coach Marvin Lewis.

The Cincinnati Bengals got off to a franchise best start after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field by a score of 16–10, improving them to 7–0. Their winning streak ended in Week 10 with a loss to the Houston Texans in Cincinnati. Later in the season, they clinched a playoff spot for a franchise record fifth straight year. They clinched their second AFC North title in the last three seasons with their Week 15 loss at the Denver Broncos because of the Steelers loss to the Ravens the day before. They lost to the Steelers in the Wild Card 16–18 in what's considered one of the biggest meltdowns in Bengals history. This marked the 25th consecutive season without a playoff win for the Bengals. They also became the first team in NFL history to lose five consecutive playoff games in the first round. On a bright note, the Bengals were the only team in the AFC North to beat both Kansas City and Seattle.

Aaron Pettrey

Aaron Pettrey (born June 17, 1986) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He was formerly a kicker for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Pettrey was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals' roster on November 16, 2010, after a season-ending injury to Mike Nugent, another former Buckeye. Pettrey was waived by the Bengals on November 30, 2010. He was two for four on field goal attempts in two games.

Bob Atha

Robert Atha (born September 22, 1960 in Marietta, Ohio) is a former American football placekicker, punter, and backup quarterback who played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes and NFL football For the Miami Dolphins and played for the Arizona Cardinals.

From 1978 through 1980, Atha played for the Buckeyes as a backup to quarterback Art Schlichter and a backup to placekicker Vlade Janakievski. In 1981 Atha earned the starting position as placekicker. He continued as a backup quarterback behind Mike Tomczak. Atha led the team in scoring that year with 88 points: 13 field goals, 43 PATs, and one touchdown. He earned the key of worthington for his achievements. After his years of Ohio football he got drafted

to the Miami Dolphins.

During an October 24, 1981 game in Ohio Stadium, Atha made five field goals to set an Ohio State school and stadium record. The record has never been surpassed but it has been tied by Mike Nugent (at North Carolina State, September 19, 2004) and Josh Huston (vs. 2005 Texas Longhorns football team, September 17, 2005 in Ohio Stadium). It was most recently tied on September 11, 2010 by Devin Barclay versus the University of Miami.

He is married to Carol Atha and has a daughter named Lauren Atha Skinner, and two sons Hunter and Tanner Atha.

Bob is owner of Houghton Investments- an oilfield production company in Ohio

Holy Buckeye

Holy Buckeye is the nickname given to one of the most famous plays in the history of Ohio State football. It occurred in a late-regular season game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana, on November 9, 2002.The play was a critical point for the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, as an incomplete pass (or a failed first-down conversion) would have likely resulted in a loss to Purdue, which in turn, would have almost certainly removed Ohio State from national championship contention. The nickname "Holy Buckeye" is a play on other similar expressions (i.e., "holy cow", "holy mackerel", etc.) and came from Brent Musburger, the ABC television play-by-play announcer, who exclaimed the phrase as the completion was made.

Josh Huston

Josh Huston (born February 28, 1982) is a former American football placekicker. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Ohio State.

Huston was also a member of the Las Vegas Gladiators, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals.

Mike Nugent (athlete)

Michael "Mike" Alwyn Nugent (born 1945/1946) is an Australian Paralympic athlete and wheelchair manufacturer, who has won six medals at four Paralympics.

Mike Nugent (soccer)

Mike Nugent (born February 10, 1980) is an American retired professional soccer player.

Ohio State Buckeyes football statistical leaders

The Ohio State Buckeyes football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Ohio State Buckeyes football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Buckeyes represent the Ohio State University in the NCAA's Big Ten Conference.

Although Ohio State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1944. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1944, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

The NCAA only began counting bowl games toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Buckeyes have played in 13 bowl games since then, giving many recent players an additional game to accumulate statistics. However, Ohio State's official record books included bowl games in single-season and career statistics long before the NCAA made it official policy.

The Big Ten instituted a championship game starting in 2011, allowing the top team in each division to play another game each season. The Buckeyes played in this game in 2013 and 2014 and 2017.

Since head coach Urban Meyer arrived in 2012, the Buckeyes have run a spread option offense. 2013 saw the most offensive yards in school history, and the 2014 team passed that mark. The emphasis on dual-threat quarterbacks has led to Braxton Miller and JT Barrett entering the leaderboards.These lists are updated through Ohio State's game against Michigan on November 24, 2018. The Ohio State Media Guide does not include 2010 statistics for Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, and DeVier Posey due to NCAA sanctions. They are fully included in these lists, however.

Ohio State Buckeyes football yearly statistical leaders

Ohio State Buckeyes football yearly statistical leaders in points scored, rushing yards, passing yards, receptions, and total tackles.

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