Duke Football BIO
41 Will Monday
2015: Returning starting punter ... returning All-America and three-time All-ACC punter ... candidate for the Ray Guy Award, an honor presented annual by the Augusta Sports Council to the nation’s top punter ... preseason All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports (2nd team), Lindy’s Sports (2nd team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Yearbook (3rd team) ... scheduled to handle the holding duties on placement kicks for the fourth consecutive season ... three-time All-ACC pick (1st team in 2012; 2nd team in 2013 & 3rd team in 2014) ... in 40 career games (40 starts), has punted 195 times for 8,473 yards and a 43.45 yards per kick average with 57 kicks downed inside the opponent 20 yard line against just 20 touchbacks ... has ranked among the ACC’s top four in punting in each of the past three seasons (1st in 2012, 4th in 2013 & 3rd in 2014) ... has ranked among the nation’s top 40 in punting in each of the past three seasons (13th in 2012, 36th in 2013 & 27th in 2014) ... has completed all four pass attempts for 41 yards ... enters 2015 ranked 10th on the ACC’s all-time punting average chart ... ACC’s active leader in career punting average ... on Duke’s career charts, ranks first in punting average, fifth in punting yardage and eighth in total punts ... owns school bowl game record for longest punt with 79-yard effort against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl in 2012 ... the 79-yard punt versus the Bearcats also ranks as the third-longest boot in Duke history ... one of two active ACC players to have earned both first team All-ACC and Academic All-ACC honors, joining teammate Kelby Brown ... on the field for 414 career plays ... three-time Academic All-ACC selection.
2014: Honorable mention All-America pick by Sports Illustrated ... third team All-ACC choice by the league’s head coaches ... honorable mention All-ACC honoree by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the program’s Bill Keziah Award as the team’s most outstanding special teams performer ... started all 13 games ... punted 59 times for 2,537 yards and a 43.00 yards per kick average ... had 17 punts downed inside the opponent 20 yard line versus eight touchbacks ... ranked third in the ACC and 27th nationally in punting average ... on Duke’s single-season lists, totals ranked seventh for punting average and 15th for punting yardage ... top single-game average came in the season-opener versus Elon (51.50 on two punts) ... logged a season-high nine punts for a 49.22 yards per boot average at Miami ... averaged 49.50 yards per kick on four punts in the win over Tulane ... in the road win over Syracuse, punted seven times for a 45.14 average with six fair catches and three boots downed inside the Orange 20 yard line en route to earning Ray Guy Award Player of the Week honors ... also had three punts downed inside the opponent 20 yard line against Kansas, Miami and Virginia ... season-long punt of 65 yards came against Tulane ... helped Duke rank fourth in the ACC in net punting (39.73) as the Blue Devils yielded a league-low 33 total punt return yards on the season ... did not produce a touchback over the final five games of the season ... also served as the holder for placement kicks as Ross Martin set school single-season record for total points (107) and extended school record for consecutive PATs without a miss to 110 ... completed lone pass attempt, a 30-yard strike to Johnell Barnes out of punt formation in the Hyundai Sun Bowl against Arizona State ... on the field for 133 total snaps.
2013: Second team All-ACC pick by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... third team All-ACC choice by the league’s head coaches ... Academic All-ACC selection ... started all 14 games ... punted 69 times for 2,945 yards and a 42.68 yards per kick average with 21 boots downed inside the opponent 20 yard line against just six touchbacks ... ranked fifth in the ACC and 36th nationally in punting average ... ranked tied for second in the ACC for punts downed inside the opponent 20 yard line to touchback ratio (3.50:1) ... on Duke’s single-season charts, totals ranked seventh for punting yardage, eighth for punts and ninth for punting average ... season-high 49.60 (5-248) average came in the win at Memphis ... had three punts downed inside the opponent 20 yard line versus zero touchbacks three times versus Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Miami ... punted a season-high nine times against both Georgia Tech and Florida State ... season-long boot of 72 yards came versus Georgia Tech ... helped Duke rank fourth in the ACC and 41st nationally in net punting (37.77) ... also served as the holder for placement kicks as Ross Martin set school single-season record for PATs (58) without a miss ... completed both pass attempts for two total yards ... on the field for 149 total snaps.
2012: First team Freshman All-America pick by Phil Steele ... honorable mention Freshman All-America selection by College Football News ... first team All-ACC choice by both the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and league’s head coaches ... Academic All-ACC selection ... started all 13 games ... punted 67 times for 2,991 yards and a 44.64 yards per kick average with 19 kicks downed inside the opponent 20 yard line against just six touchbacks ... led the ACC and ranked 13th nationally in punting average ... became the fourth Duke player to lead the conference in punting, joining Rodney Stewart (1965; 42.51), John Krueger (1996; 45.16) and Brian Morton (2000; 45.17) ... became just the second freshman to pace the ACC in punting average, joining Clemson’s Dale Hatcher in 1981 (43.13) ... also led the ACC in punts of 50+ yards with 20 ... punting average led all freshmen nationally and marked Duke’s best in a season since Morton’s 45.17 mark in 2000 ... set school single-season records for freshmen for both punting yards and average ... season-best 47.14 (7-330) average at Stanford marked the second-highest single-game mark among Duke rookies (minimum 3 punts), trailing only Morton’s 50.00 (3-150) performance against Navy in 1997 ... carded season-bests of 12 punts and 486 punting yards at Florida State ... on Duke’s single-season charts, totals rank fourth for punting average, fifth for punting yardage and tied for ninth for total punts ... season-long boot of 79 yards against Cincinnati set Belk Bowl record and school bowl game standard while marking the third-longest punt in Duke history behind only Billy Cox (81 yards vs. Navy, 1949) and Morton (80 yards vs. Clemson, 1999) ... helped Duke rank second in the ACC and 39th nationally in net punting (38.03) ... served as the holder for placement kicks as Ross Martin set school single-season record for total points with 106 on 20 field goals and 46 PATs ... completed lone pass attempt ... on the field for 132 total snaps.
2011: Did not see game action.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterman at Flowery Branch under coach Lee Shaw ... tabbed as the No. 1 punter in the nation by Scout.com ... selected to play for the 2011 U.S. Under-19 National Team in the Team USA vs. The World game on February 2, 2011, in Austin, Texas ... helped squad to three-year record of 32-9 with three state playoff berths ... as a senior, averaged 41.2 yards per punt while making 43-of-47 PATs and four-of-seven field goals ... two-time first team all-state pick by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in both 2009 and 2010 ... Region 8-AAAA Special Teams Player of the Year in 2010 ... team captain and MVP as a senior ... career totals include 99-of-105 PATs and 13-of-21 field goals ... also participated in soccer ... made a 32-yard field goal to help the North team to a 22-0 win in the Georgia Coaches Association North-South All-Star Classic on December 29, 2010, in Columbus, Ga.
PERSONAL: Son of Bedford and Judy Monday ... born July 25, 1992 ... majoring in sociology while pursuing a certificate in markets and management.