Size: 6-2, 160
High School: Oceanside High School
Hometown: Oceanside, Calif.
In high school he was a first-team All-League selection, was named the Avacado League Kicker of the Year, and holds a school record for a 52 yard field goal. Jackson Koonce was named a “Top National Prospect” by ChrisSailerKicking.com and was a 2013 Vegas Event Punt Finalist. Koonce chose SMU over Army, Air Force and San Diego.
Jackson Koonce was the best player on this team last year. I’m not exaggerating nor am I joking. If you just look at the numbers from game one to 12, no one else was more consistent or performed at a higher level. Koonce punted 74 times in 12 games for 3, 017 yard. That’s 40.77 yards per punt. I just want to remind you that two seasons ago, Garrett Gilbert punted six times at the end of the season and was only three yards behind Mike Loftus. Koonce dropped 14 of those punts inside the 20, and had eight punts go further than 50 yards. The game at Tulsa was probably his best performance—he booted a 60 yard punt, plus three 50+ kicks with three inside the 20. Koonce finished fourth in team season records for punt attempts (74) and third for punt yardage (3,017).