Shayne Graham

Michael Shayne Graham (born December 9, 1977) is a former American football kicker and current coach. Graham is a former American football placekicker who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Virginia Tech. He made his professional debut in May 2000 with the Richmond Speed of the Arena Football League's now-defunct developmental league, AF2.[1]

His first NFL contract was with the New Orleans Saints where he signed as an undrafted free agent in 2000. A journeyman most of his career, he played for 15 different NFL franchises over 10 seasons, including 7 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. With the Bengals, he made the Pro Bowl in 2005. In the latter part of his career, he was signed as an injury replacement or to provide competition during training camps for a number of teams.

In 2018, Graham was hired as a special teams intern for the Michigan State football team.

Shayne Graham
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Graham with the Bengals in 2006
Michigan State Spartans
Position:Special teams analyst
Personal information
Born:December 9, 1977 (age 41)
Radford, Virginia
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Dublin (VA) Pulaski County
College:Virginia Tech
Undrafted:2000
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Field goals:277
Field goal attempts:324
Field goal %:85.5%
Long field goal:54
Touchbacks:77
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Graham attended Pulaski County High School in Dublin, Virginia, graduating in 1996. He holds many of the school's kicking records including most field goals in career (28, from 1992–1995), most field goals in a season (15, 1995), and longest field goal, a 54-yarder against Anacostia in 1995.

College career

Graham played college football at Virginia Tech and was named to the first-team All-Big East Conference in all four seasons. In 1999, as a senior, Graham earned Big East Special Teams Player of the Year honors after leading the conference and breaking the school's single-season scoring record with 107 points on 56-of-57 extra points and 17-of-22 field goals. He was 68-of-93 (73.1%) in field goals for his Virginia Tech career and set a Virginia Tech and Big East record with 97 consecutive successful extra points. He left Virginia Tech as the all-time scoring leader in school history and Big East history with 371 points. His contributions at Tech led to his induction in the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Richmond Speed

Following a tryout with the Cleveland Browns, it was announced in May 2000, that Graham would play in two games for the Richmond Speed of the AF2, and that he would use the time to practice for a future NFL tryout with the Tennessee Titans.[2] As it turned out Graham played in only one game for the Speed, a 60 - 21 loss against the Arkansas Twisters on May 26, 2000.[3] During the game, he missed two field goals, from 36 and 44-yards, and two of three extra points.[4] After the game, Graham told the Roanoke Times: "It was a big adjustment. In the arena game, the holder puts the ball down, then the kicker starts forward. I've always been accustomed to starting with the snap. My rhythm was all messed up."[4] Graham left the team and was replaced by special teams coach Dave DeArmas, who unretired and played in the following week's game against the Jacksonville Tomcats.[4]

New Orleans Saints

After going undrafted in the 2000 NFL Draft, Graham signed with the New Orleans Saints on June 30, 2000.[5] Graham was 1-for-1 on extra points and did not attempt a field goal during the preseason. He was waived on August 22, 2000.[6]

Seattle Seahawks

Graham was signed by the Seattle Seahawks on April 27, 2001.[7] He was 6-for-6 on extra points in the preseason but had his only field goal attempt blocked.[8] He was waived on September 2, 2001.[9] On October 30, 2001, Graham was invited back for a tryout after kicker Rian Lindell missed two field goals in a 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Graham did not get a contract and Lindell was retained as the Seahawks' kicker for the remainder of the 2001 season.[8]

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills signed Graham on November 27, 2001 to replace rookie kicker Jake Arians; Arians had missed several key field goals and a crucial extra point over the course of the season.[10] Graham played in the Bills' final six games, going 6-for-8 on field goals. He was released on April 23, 2002 and replaced by Mike Hollis.[11]

Seattle Seahawks (second stint)

Graham was re-signed by the Seahawks on May 13, 2002.[12] He began training camp with Seattle before being waived on August 13, 2002.[13]

Carolina Panthers

Graham signed with the Carolina Panthers on September 28, 2002, after an injury to veteran John Kasay. Originally, Jon Hilbert replaced Kasey; however, after missing two field goals during the Week 3 game versus the Minnesota Vikings, Hilbert was replaced by Graham.[14] The following week, in a game against the Green Bay Packers and after being on the team for only two days, Graham missed a 24-yard field goal inches to the right with 13 seconds remaining that would have tied the score.[14] The Panthers ended up losing the game 17-14.[14] In total he played in 11 of the Panthers' final 13 games, leading the team in scoring with 60 points.[15] He was 13-of-18 on field goals and averaged 66 yards on his five kickoffs.[15]

After spending the 2003 preseason with Carolina, Graham was waived on August 31, right before the season began.[16]

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals claimed Graham off waivers on September 1, 2003. With the Bengals in 2003, Graham played in all 16 games and set a franchise record by making 88% (22-of-25) of his field goals.

In the following offseason, Graham was tendered a restricted free agent offer sheet by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the offer was matched by the Bengals.[17] In 2004, Graham narrowly missed matching his previous season's accuracy mark, finishing the year 27-of-31 (87.1%) on field goals. In 2005, Graham made 28-of-32 field goals (87.5%), scored a franchise record 131 points, was selected to be the kicker for the AFC Pro Bowl squad, and helped the Bengals record their first winning season since 1990. Graham was the first kicker in franchise history ever to be selected to play in a Pro Bowl.

In 2005, Graham set the NFL record for tackles by a kicker with 11 combined (7 plus 4 assists.)

In 2006, Graham finished fourth in the AFC with 115 points and was 25-of-30 (83.3%) on field goals on the season.

In 2007, Graham missed his first field goal attempt of the season (a 53-yard attempt). But after that, he set a Bengals record by kicking 21 consecutive field goals without a miss over the season's first 10 games. This included a game against the Baltimore Ravens where he set a franchise record by kicking 7 field goals (the second highest total in NFL history).[18] His streak came to an end when he missed a 26-yard attempt in Week 12. By the end of the season, Graham set new franchise records for field goals in a season (31) and field goal percentage (91.2).

Graham finished the 2008 season with an 87.5 field goal percentage, going 21-of-24. In 2009, Graham went 23-of-28 in the regular season, his lowest percentage — 82.1 — in his Bengals career. In the Wild Card playoffs on January 9, 2010, Graham missed two field goals in the Bengals' 24–14 loss to the New York Jets, including a 28-yard attempt that would have cut the score to 24–17 late in the fourth quarter. After the game, Marvin Lewis commented on Graham's missed field goals stating "It is a shame, and it killed us. Unfortunately kicking is mostly a one-man operation. I know Shayne feels worse about it than anyone. Those points obviously make a big difference."[19]

He was not re-signed as an unrestricted free agent following the 2009 season.

Baltimore Ravens

In June 2010, Graham signed a 1-year-deal with the Baltimore Ravens worth up to $2.5 million. Graham was released during final cuts before the season started in favor of Billy Cundiff.[20]

New York Giants

On October 16, 2010, the New York Giants signed Graham due to an injury to kicker Lawrence Tynes.[21] Graham only played in one game for the Giants and did not attempt a field goal. He did, however, make all four of his extra point attempts. On October 18, 2010, just two days after being signed, the Giants released Graham.[22]

New England Patriots

On November 10, 2010, the New England Patriots signed Graham after an injury to kicker Stephen Gostkowski. In his first game, in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Graham was 2-for-2 on field goals but missed one of four extra point attempts on the night. In eight games, Graham finished the 2010 season 12-for-12 on field goals, and 35-for-37 on extra points. In the playoffs, Graham was 2-for-2 in the Patriots loss to the Jets.

Washington Redskins

On August 1, 2011, the Washington Redskins signed Graham to provide training camp competition for Graham Gano.[23] After missing two field goals in a pre-season game, Graham was released.[24]

Dallas Cowboys

On August 23, 2011, the Dallas Cowboys signed Graham due to a hip injury to David Buehler, but did not make the roster after being passed on the depth chart by rookie Dan Bailey.[25]

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins signed Graham on November 19, 2011, after an injury to Dan Carpenter.[26] Graham was waived November 30.[27]

Baltimore Ravens (second stint)

The Baltimore Ravens signed Graham on December 21, 2011 to back up Billy Cundiff, who had a calf injury throughout most of December.[28] He made both field goal attempts and both extra point attempts in his short stint with the team. Graham was released on January 3.

Houston Texans

The Texans signed Graham on May 7, 2012, to battle rookie Randy Bullock for the position.[29] In August, Graham was named the team's kicker after Bullock went on injured reserve.[30] On January 13, 2013, Graham set his career longest field goal after he made a 55-yard field goal against the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs.[31]

Cleveland Browns

On April 15, 2013, the Cleveland Browns signed Graham to replace Phil Dawson who left as a free agent.[32] On August 31, 2013, he was surprisingly released, even after making all of his pre-season attempts, leaving the Browns with no kicker on the roster days before the season began.[33]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On September 9, 2013, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Graham due to a hamstring injury to Shaun Suisham.[34] Graham was on the roster for one game, but was inactive due to Suisham's ability to play through his injury. Since he was not needed, Graham was released by the Steelers on September 17.[35]

New Orleans Saints (second stint)

Graham was re-signed by the Saints on December 17, 2013 to replace Garrett Hartley. Hartley had been cut from the Saints after he had struggled in the 2012 and 2013 seasons and the final straw came when he missed two close range field goals in a game against the St. Louis Rams. On January 4, 2014 Graham went 4 for 4 including a 32-yard game winner as time expired to propel the Saints past the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round of the 2014 playoffs.[36] However, the following week during the Divisional Round game he missed two field goals versus the Seattle Seahawks.[37] On his first miss, from 45-yards, holder (and backup quarterback) Luke McCown had the laces facing the wrong way.[38] Strong winds also contributed to his poor performance.[38]

On February 14, 2014, the Saints re-signed Graham to a new one-year contract with a base salary of $955,000.[39] In a surprise move, Graham along with kicker Derek Dimke were released as part of the final roster cuts on August 30, 2014, leaving the Saints with no kickers on their roster after the reduction to 53-players.[40] A few days later on September 2, 2014, it was announced that the Saints had waived quarterback Ryan Griffin to make room for the re-signing of Graham to their 53-man roster.[41]

Graham was selected as NFC special teams player of the month for October 2014, for making all nine field goals and all nine extra points he tried during the month.[42] He also scored 14 points during the October 26, 2014 victory over the Packers.[42]

After Graham missed a 42-yard field goal during the Saints' loss to the Carolina Panthers on December 7, 2014, the Saints tried out kickers Garrett Hartley, Derek Dimke and Zach Hocker on December 10, 2014.[43] However, in the end the Saints decided to stick with Graham as their kicker.[43]

On February 12, 2015, Graham was re-signed to a one-year deal with the Saints.[44] He was released on May 19, 2015.[45]

Atlanta Falcons

On November 26, 2015, Graham signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a replacement kicker, after Matt Bryant injured his leg.[46]On August 20, 2016, Graham was re-signed by the Falcons.[47] On September 3, 2016, Graham was released by the Falcons.[48]

Retirement

On February 6, 2017, Graham announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 39 to pursue jobs as a special teams coach. Graham signed an unofficial ceremonial contract on February 21, 2017 to retire as a Bengal. [49]

Coaching career

On March 2017, it was announced that Graham was hired as a special teams coach at Central Michigan University. [50] In June 2018, Graham joined the Michigan State Spartans football staff as a special teams intern.[51]

Bengals franchise records

  • Most field goals in a season (31)
  • Most field goals in a game (7)
  • Highest field goal percentage in a season (91.2)
  • Highest field goal percentage in a career

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External links

1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

The 1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. Virginia Tech competed as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hokies were led by Frank Beamer in his 13th year as head coach. Virginia Tech finished the regular season undefeated but lost in the national championship game to the Florida State Seminoles.

2001 Buffalo Bills season

The 2001 Buffalo Bills season was the team's 42nd season. Previous head coach Wade Phillips was relieved of his duties as coach and replaced by Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. They finished the season at 3-13 and last in the AFC East division for the first time since 1985.

John Butler, who had been the Bills general manager from 1993–2000, left to take the same position with the San Diego Chargers. Butler was replaced by Tom Donahoe, who would remain with the Bills through the 2005 season.

In the wake of Buffalo's quarterback controversy, Doug Flutie was released by the Bills, prior to the season and followed Butler to San Diego. Buffalo named Rob Johnson their starting quarterback for the 2001 season, which would ultimately be his last in Buffalo. Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley, linebacker Sam Rogers, and linebacker John Holecek also left Buffalo for San Diego in 2001, leaving a gap in Buffalo's defense. The special teams also saw a major overhaul. Placekicker Steve Christie was also among the defectors to San Diego, forcing the Bills to sign rookie Jake Arians (son of longtime offensive coordinator Bruce Arians) as a replacement, then after several weeks of Arians's poor play, Shayne Graham. Chris Mohr left for the Atlanta Falcons and was replaced by Brian Moorman, who would stay with the team for the next eleven seasons.

2003 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2003 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 57th season in the National Football League.

The team entered their 2003 season attempting to improve upon their 10–6 output from the previous year.

This was the first season under head coach Dennis Erickson, whose hiring was highly controversial due to the way the coaching change was handled. The 49ers failed to surpass their 2002 record and finished the season 7–9 by losing six close games.

It was Terrell Owens, Garrison Hearst’s, Tai Streets, and Jeff Garcia's final season as 49ers.

2005 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2005 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League, the 38th overall and the third under head coach Marvin Lewis. It was the team's first season with a winning record, playoff berth, and division title since 1990. In the fourteen seasons and 224 games in between (1991–2004), the Bengals' record was 71–153, a 0.317 winning percentage. It would be the Bengals' lone playoff appearance in a span of 18 years (1991–2008). QB Carson Palmer got off to a strong start on his way to a solid 3836-yard season with 32 Touchdown passes, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. Receiving many of Palmer's passes was Chad Johnson, who followed teammate Palmer to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, racking up an impressive 1,432 yards in receiving with nine TDs, many of which were followed by unique celebrations that made him a regular star on the sports highlight shows.

Following a 42–29 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals faced the Steelers again this time in Pittsburgh, where the Bengals offense continued to fly behind Carson Palmer who had three Touchdown passes and 227 yards passing in an impressive 38–31 win that gave the Bengals first place in the AFC North at 9–3. The Bengals would not relinquish first place winning the next two games to clinch the division with two weeks to go. On December 18, with a 41–17 win over the Detroit Lions, the Bengals clinched a playoff spot. After clinching the division the Bengals played cautiously and dropped their final two games to finish with an 11–5 record, beating out the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers, who finished with an identical record, on a tiebreaker situation.

2006 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2006 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 37th season in the National Football League, the 39th overall and the fourth under head coach Marvin Lewis. It began with the team trying to improve on their 11–5 record in 2005, defending their AFC North Division Championship title, and progress further through the playoffs than they made in the 2005 season having lost to Pittsburgh in the 1st round after losing star quarterback Carson Palmer to injury on the second play of the game. However, the team failed to improve on their 11-5 record and finished 8-8, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

2006 Pro Bowl

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2007 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2007 Cincinnati Bengals season was the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and their 40th overall season. The team attempted to improve upon their 8–8 record in 2006 and were looking to return to the playoffs after narrowly missing them. They failed to do so, finishing with a 7–9 record.

2008 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2008 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League, the 46th overall, and the 6th under head coach Marvin Lewis. The team finished the season with 4 wins, 11 losses, and 1 tie, and missing out of the playoffs for the 3rd consecutive year.

2009 Chicago Bears season

The 2009 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 90th season overall in the National Football League. The Bears had looked to improve upon their 9–7 record from 2008 and return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2006 season, but failed to do so for the third consecutive season. The team finished 7–9, and third in the NFC North. This season is Lovie Smith's sixth season as the team's head coach. The Bears played all their home games at Soldier Field.

2009 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2009 Cincinnati Bengals season was the 40th season for the team in the National Football League and their 42nd overall. They finished the season at 10–6–0, and sweeping the entire AFC North division, they improved on their 2008 record of 4–11–1, winning the AFC North Division and making the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Their season ended with a 24–14 loss against the New York Jets in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Round.

The head coach was Marvin Lewis, who has coached the team since 2003. He was chosen by the Associated Press as its NFL Coach of the Year following the season. Lewis was recognized for turning around the Bengals in the face of serious off-the-field adversity. First, three players were personally affected by the tsunami that hit American Samoa in late September. Shortly after this disaster, Vikki Zimmer, the wife of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, unexpectedly died. Finally, wide receiver Chris Henry, who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 9, died in December from injuries suffered when he fell from the back of a pickup truck during a domestic dispute.

2011 Buffalo Bills season

The 2011 Buffalo Bills season was the team's 42nd season in the National Football League and its 52nd overall. The Bills improved on their 4–12 record from the 2010 season, winning six games; however, the team also missed the playoffs for the twelfth consecutive season; the team had not made the playoffs since 1999, the longest standing playoff drought in the NFL at the time. Buffalo played in the Eastern division of the American Football Conference (AFC).

2012 Houston Texans season

The 2012 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 11th season in the National Football League and the 7th under head coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans improved on their 10–6 record from 2011, in which the team earned its first playoff berth and division title in franchise history. The Texans won their second consecutive AFC South division title, and defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs for a second consecutive season, but were defeated by the New England Patriots in the divisional round.

2012 Miami Dolphins season

The 2012 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football League (NFL), and the 47th overall in the American Football Conference Eastern Division (AFC East). The season concluded with the Dolphins finishing second in the AFC Eastern Division with a 7–9 record, and no postseason play for the fourth consecutive season.

The Dolphins entered the season under new head coach Joe Philbin, with hopes of revitalizing the franchise from three consecutive losing seasons under head coach Tony Sparano. The team started with drafting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the NFL draft, to compete for the starting job against incumbent Matt Moore and free agent David Garrard. Tannehill was eventually named the team's regular season starter heading in the second preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. The team finished the preseason with an 0–4 record for the third time in franchise history.The Dolphins opened the regular season with a disappointing 10–30 loss against the Houston Texans, but a week later ended up with an impressive 35–13 win over the Oakland Raiders. Following the win, the Dolphins lost two close overtime games against the Arizona Cardinals and division rival New York Jets. However, Miami was able to come back and win three consecutive games including a blow out rematch with the New York Jets, but after close critical loses to the Indianapolis Colts, division rival Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, the Dolphins were unable to achieve a winning season.

Ryan Tannehill became the first rookie quarterback in Dolphins history to complete a full season as the team's starting quarterback. During the week four game against the Arizona Cardinals, Tannehill broke former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino's single-game rookie passing record with 431 passing yards and came one yard short of breaking Cam Newton's NFL rookie single-game passing record. In the same game wide receiver Brian Hartline broke the Dolphins single-game receiving record with 12 receptions for 253 yards.

2012–13 NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 2012 season began on January 5, 2013. The postseason tournament concluded with the Baltimore Ravens defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, 34–31, on February 3, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.All teams in both conferences won at least 10 games, the first time since 2005.

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2013–14 NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 2013 season began on January 4, 2014. The postseason tournament concluded with the Seattle Seahawks defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43–8, on February 2, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Dave Rayner

David Michael "Dave" Rayner (born October 26, 1982) is a former American football placekicker in the National Football League. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan State. Rayner shares the NFL record for most teams played on with J. T. O'Sullivan, and Billy Cundiff; each has played for 11 teams.

Rayner was also a member of the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, and Buffalo Bills.

Jake Arians

Jacob Bruce Arians (born January 26, 1978) is a former American football placekicker in the National Football League. He played college football at UAB.

Arians spent less than one season as the field goal kicker for the Buffalo Bills in 2001, signing with the team as an undrafted free agent that summer to replace longtime kicker Steve Christie, who was among the numerous players who joined the San Diego Chargers in the "Bills West" exodus. He did not handle kickoffs, which were handled by punter Brian Moorman. Arians beat out Jay Taylor for the open position. Due to several missed field goals and a missed extra point, Arians was released near the end of the 2001 season and was replaced by Shayne Graham, after which he never returned to professional football.

He is the son of current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Bruce was the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator during his one season in Buffalo, but the teams did not play each other that season.

Michael Graham

Michael or Mike Graham may refer to:

Michael Graham (scientist), scientist, author and conservationist

Michael Graham (radio personality), American talk radio host and columnist

Michael Graham (singer) (born 1972), Irish singer, member of Boyzone

Mike Graham (wrestler) (1951–2012), American professional wrestler

Michael Graham (director) (born 1982), American director

Michael Graham (footballer) (born 1952), Australian rules footballer

Mike Graham (journalist) (born 1960), British journalist

Michael Graham (basketball) (born 1963), American basketball player

Michael Graham (rugby player) (born 1985), USA Hawks international and Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC rugby union player

Michael J. Graham, American Jesuit and educator

Mike Graham (footballer) (born 1959), English footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers and Swindon Town

Shayne Graham (Michael Shayne Graham, born 1977), American football player

Todd Graham (Michael Todd Graham, born 1964), American football coach

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Virginia Tech Hokies football statistical leaders

The Virginia Tech Hokies football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Virginia Tech Hokies 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 Hokies represent Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Although Virginia Tech began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892, the school's official record book generally does not include entries from before the 1950s, as the records from this era are often incomplete and inconsistent.

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

Since the 1950s, 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.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Hokies have played in 15 bowl games since then, giving players since 2002 an extra game to accumulate statistics. Similarly, the Hokies have played in the ACC Championship Game five times since it began.

All ten of the Hokies' 10 highest seasons in offensive output, both in yardage and scoring, have come during current head coach Frank Beamer's tenure, and eight of them have come in the 21st century.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season. The Virginia Tech football record book generally does not give a full top 10 in single-game statistics.

Regular season statistics
Season Team G FGM FGA % <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LNG BLK XPM XPA % PTS
2001 BUF 6 6 8 75.0 0–0 4–4 0–0 2–4 0–0 41 0 7 7 100.0 25
2002 CAR 11 13 18 72.2 1–1 2–4 2–3 6–8 2–2 50 1 21 21 100.0 60
2003 CIN 16 22 25 88.0 0–0 5–5 10–10 7–8 0–2 48 0 40 40 100.0 106
2004 CIN 16 27 31 87.1 0–0 7–7 10–12 7–8 3–4 53 0 41 41 100.0 122
2005 CIN 16 28 32 87.5 0–0 11–11 10–11 7–9 0–1 49 0 47 47 100.0 131
2006 CIN 16 25 30 83.3 0–0 9–9 8–9 6–8 2–4 51 1 40 42 95.2 115
2007 CIN 16 31 34 91.2 1–1 11–12 13–13 6–7 0–1 48 0 37 37 100.0 130
2008 CIN 14 21 24 87.5 1–1 5–5 6–7 9–11 0–0 45 0 15 15 100.0 78
2009 CIN 16 23 28 82.1 0–0 11–12 8–10 3–3 2–4 53 3 28 29 96.6 97
2010 NYG 1 0 0 0.0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 0 4 4 100.0 4
2010 NE 8 12 12 100.0 1–1 5–5 5–5 1–1 0–0 41 0 35 37 94.6 71
2011 MIA 2 4 5 80.0 0–0 4–4 0–0 0–1 0–0 28 0 6 6 100.0 18
2011 BAL 1 2 2 100.0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 48 0 2 2 100.0 8
2012 HOU 16 31 38 81.6 1–1 8–8 11–11 7–9 4–9 51 1 45 45 100.0 138
2013 NO 2 2 2 100.0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 40 0 7 7 100.0 13
2014 NO 16 19 22 86.4 0–0 6–9 9–9 3–5 1–2 50 1 46 47 97.9 103
2015 ATL 5 11 13 84.6 0–0 2-2 4-4 2-4 3-3 54 0 8 8 100.0 41
Career (15 seasons) 178 277 324 85.5 5–5 90-94 96-104 69-89 17-32 54 7 429 435 99.1 1260

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