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Graham Gano

Gano during the Ravens' training camp in August 2009
No. 4     Washington Redskins
Kicker
Personal information
Date of birth: April 9, 1987 (1987-04-09) (age 22)
Place of birth: Arbroath, Scotland
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Las Vegas Locomotives
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Field goals     4/4
Field Goal %     100.0
Long Field Goal     46
Extra Points     6/7
Career UFL statistics as of 2009
Field goals     13/16
Field Goal %     81.3
Long Field Goal     53
Extra points     20/20
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at UFL-Football.com

Graham Gano (pronounced ga-KNOW) (born April 9, 1987 in Arbroath, Scotland) is an American football placekicker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Florida State. Gano has also played for the Las Vegas Locomotives.

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Early years

Gano grew up in Pensacola, Florida and attended J.M. Tate High School.

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High School

In high school he was an All-American First-Team selection by USA Today and the nation's third ranked kicker by Rivals.com [1]. Gano played in the CaliFlorida All-Star game, completing a 50-yard field goal in the game.

Throughout his high school career, Gano kicked a state record 65-yard field goal as a senior. During his senior season he kicked three field goals over 55 yards (57, 64 and 65 yards) and had a 67-yard field goal made which was negated by a penalty. 36 of his 38 kickoffs were touchbacks and he averaged better than 42 yards per punt as a senior [2].

College

Gano attended Florida State University from 2005 to 2008, playing as #43 kicker and punter for the Florida State Seminoles.

During his senior year at Florida State, Gano won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top place kicker. He also finished first in the FBS for field goals made, percentage of field goals converted and 50-yard field goals made. He was one of only two kickers in college to make over 90% of his field goal attempts in 2008. He was the highest scoring kicker in America and fourth overall in the FBS in scoring. He also was a Rivals.com, Scout.com and CBS Sports first team All-American. Gano was listed as Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sporting News, SI.com and Phil Steele second team All-American. He is the only punter ever to be named the MVP of a bowl game, when he was named the Most Valuable Player in the Champs Sports Bowl. He earned All-ACC First Team honors as well.

Gano was four-time ACC Specialist of the Week for his kicking performances against NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Maryland. He also was a two-time Lou Groza Star of the Week honoree for his performances in Florida State's victories over NC State and Clemson. He was named offensive special teams player of the year for the Seminoles as selected by the Florida State coaching staff. He also led the ACC in field goals per game with a career-high 2.2 field goals per game average. Gano has the highest FG percentage in the ACC; in 2008 he made 92.3 percent of his field goal attempts (24 of 26) and led the league in field goals made with 24. He was also the ACC's leading scorer with 105 points and a 9.5 points per game average. Gano was also the only kicker in FSU history to convert over 90% of his field goals in a season. He holds the Seminoles single season record for 50 yard field goals, completing five straight attempts from 50 yards or longer. Despite only kicking for one season, he finished second in career 50-yard field goals at FSU. [3].

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

He signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent immediately after the 2009 NFL Draft. After the Ravens named Steve Hauschka their kicker, the Ravens waived Gano on September 5.

Las Vegas Locomotives

Gano was signed by the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League after being cut by the Ravens. He earned the first points for the league after converting a 32-yard field goal, and also currently the longest UFL field goal at 53 yards. He was also responsible for the winning field goal which gave the Locomotives the first ever UFL championship.[4] He finished the season leading the league in scoring and field goals made.[5]

Washington Redskins

On December 8, 2009, he was signed by the Washington Redskins, replacing Shaun Suisham. He successfully connected on his first NFL field goal attempt, a 46 yarder against the Oakland Raiders on December 13, 2009.

Awards and honors

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