Tribute to Vanderbilt's Richard Kent

Sixteen Vanderbilt players make up the first senior class to ever play in two consecutive bowl games during their Commodore careers. Leading up to the Music City Bowl, VandyMania.com will look back on each senior's career. In this segment Richard Kent is featured.

THE BASICS:

94 Richard Kent

Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

High school: Walton

Position: P

HT: 6-2 WT: 205

Chose Vanderbilt over: Walked-on at Vandy.

OVERVIEW:

Richard Kent came to Vandy as a little known walk-on in 2009 and has developed into one of the top punters in the nation. Kent currently ranks 11th nationally in per punt average with an impressive 44.83 average.

BEST MOMENT:

September 10, 2011 versus Connecticut. Midway through the third quarter with Vanderbilt clinging to a 14-13 lead, a Commodore drive stalls deep in Vandy territory at the 15. It looks like the Huskies will get the ball with good position to get at least a field goal. Enter Richard Kent who booms a 67-yard punt that turns the field. UConn takes over possession of the ball at their on 18 and Vandy goes on to prevail in a 24-21 victory and ultimately qualifies for its first bowl in over 25 years.

MEMORABLE QUOTE:

"We've got kickers with tremendous talent. Punters, I can kick pretty well, and our snappers are really good but if we can't do it every time it doesn't count." Richard Kent on March 31, 2012 after a practice session.

HONORS:

2012 Ray Guy Award Watch List, 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll

CAREER STATS:

Punts: 202
Punt yards: 8,652
Average yards per punt: 42.8
Punts over 50 yards: 52
Punts downed inside 20: 69

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Richard Kent and family on Senior Day. (VM-Stan Jones)

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