Nugent, Mike

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Mike Nugent kicks his first game winning FG against the Dolphins
Mike Nugent was the kicker for the New York Jets from 2005 until 2008.

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Background and college

Born in Centerville, Ohio (the hometown of center Nick Mangold) on March 2 1982, Nugent attended Centerville High School. In his senior year (2000), he put five of seven field goal attempts through the uprights, including a school-record 52-yarder, and scored on every one of his 29 point-after attempts. Through four years, he converted 13 of 17 field goals and broke a school record with 165 PATs. As a result, he was offered a scholarship with Ohio State. In his sophomore year, Nugent kicked 24 straight field goals and only missed three attempts - a feat he matched as a junior and senior. In his senior year, he won the Lou Groza Award, given annually to college football's leading kicker, was named a consensus All-American first-team pick and was the first kicker in Buckeye history to be named the team's Most Valuable Player. He converted 24 of 27 field goals in 2004, five of them from 50 or more yards. He was a perfect 30-for-30 on extra point tries. Overall, Nugent connected on 74 of his 88 field goal attempts through four college seasons. By graduation, he held or shared 22 Ohio State records, including most points scored and most points by a kicker (356), most field goals (72), most consecutive field goals (24, 2001-02), most games with multiple field goals (20), most field goals of 50 yards or more (8) and best field goal percentage (.818). He also was a four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete.

NFL Career

As a Jet

Nugent became the Jets first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft when he was picked with the 15th pick of the second round (47th overall). In his first game, against Kansas City, he had his first FG attempt blocked by Eric Kicks after slipping on his approach. He had a so-so season, going 22-25 with a longest of 49. In the 2006 season opener, Nugent was very shaky against Tennessee, but was almost automatic after that, and went on a streak of 19 successful field goals, 2nd longest in Jets history, behind Pat Leahy's 22.

Nugent then had one of his kicks returned an NFL-record 108 yards by Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs in the 2007 season opener. Nugent had the first double-touchback game of his career when a pair of kickoffs wasn't returned in week 3 vs. Miami. He would have another double-touchback game in week 6 vs. Philadelphia. In week 9, Nugent kicked a game-tying field goal with ten seconds left to send the game vs. Washington into overtime. He was 4-for-4 on field goals in week 10 vs. Pittsburgh; he kicked a game-tying field goal with 23 seconds left in regulation and the game winner 5:03 into overtime. The next week, Nugent would again kick 4-for-4 field goals, this time vs. Cleveland. He extended his streak of consecutive field goals in the fourth quarter of the week 15 game at New England; later in the period, he missed, ending the streak at 15. Nugent made a game winning 43-yard kick 5:13 into overtime in the season finale vs. Kansas City after a successful 33-yard attempt was nullified by a penalty.

In 2008, Nugent was injured on the opening kickoff against the Dolphins and kicked two extra points. He attempted and missed a 3-yard field goal despite being injured because the Jets had no one else to kick. The Jets signed free agent Jay Feely to serve as their starting kicker. Feely kept the starting job, even after Nugent recovered his fitness.

In February 2009, Nugent declined an offer from the Jets. He was in the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent. Nugent hit 75 of 91 career field-goal attempts (82.4 percent) during his three healthy seasons with the Jets. His 308 points rank fourth in team history among kickers.

Statistics

Regular season

 
Season FG/FGA FG Pct 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long PAT PAT Pct Pts
2005 22/28 78.6 0/0 8/9 7/7 7/10 0/2 49 24/24 100 90
2006 24/27 88.9 1/1 7/7 10/12 4/4 2/3 54 34/35 97.1 106
2007 29/36 80.6 1/1 11/11 10/12 6/8 1/4 50 23/24 95.8 110
2008 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2/2 100.0 2
Total 75/92 81.5 2/2 26/27 27/32 17/22 3/9 54 83/85 97.7 308

Playoffs

 
Season FG/FGA FG Pct 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long PAT PAT Pct Pts
2006 3/3 100 0/0 2/2 1/1 0/0 0/0 37 1/1 100 10
Total 3/3 100 0/0 2/2 1/1 0/0 0/0 37 1/1 100 10


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