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Ricky Schmitt

Schmitt in training camp in August 2007.
No. --     Tennessee Titans
Punter/Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: August 17, 1985 (1985-08-17) (age 24)
Place of birth: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Shepherd
Undrafted in 2007
Debuted in 2009 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
FG made - Attempted     2-3
XP made - Attempted     2-2
Career Long FG     39
Stats at NFL.com

Ricky William Schmitt (born August 17, 1985 in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is an American football punter for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Shepherd.

Schmitt has also been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

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Early years

Schmitt graduated from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2003, but did not play football until his senior year. A four-year varsity letterman in soccer, Schmitt only went out for football due to the Sun Devils' need for a kicker. He was named an all-Beach District punter/kicker his senior year. He also played basketball. Schmitt was offered a scholarship to play soccer for Virginia Tech.

College career

Schmitt played college football at Shepherd University, a Division II school in West Virginia. He was one of the premier punters/kickers in the NCAA. In 2006 he would have been among the leaders of all divisions in punting statistics however his offense only allowed him to punt 41 times (not enough to qualify for the leaders). In spring testing Schmitt was one of the fastest members of the Shepherd University squad recording 40 yard dash times in the 4.4’s. He is a three-time first team All-WVIAC selection as a punter and a two-time first team selection as a kicker. 2006 Daktronics Division II First Team All-Northeast Region selection and a second-team All-American in 2006.

Additionally Schmitt holds virtually all Shepherd kicking records including:[citation needed]

  • All-time leader in career kick scoring (250 points)
  • All-time leader in career field goals (33)
  • Most extra points in a career (151)
  • Most extra points in a season (50-54, 2005)
  • Most kick scoring points in a season (80, 2005)
  • Most consecutive extra points in a career (60)
  • Most consecutive extra points in a season (43)
  • 2006 Single-season extra point percentage (100% 43-43)
  • Career extra point percentage (.926 - 151-163)
  • WVIAC Record in 2006

Schmitt punted 41 times for a 44 average, with a long of 77, and 22 punts inside the 20 in 2006. A master of directional punts, with a 5 sec. hangtime only 17 of his punts were returned. He had eighteen kickoffs for touchbacks.

Professional career

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Arizona Cardinals

Schmitt was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals following the 2007 NFL Draft. He punted three times in two preseason games with an average kick of about 38 yards. He was waived by the Cardinals on August 27, 2007.

First stint with 49ers

On January 15, 2008, Schmitt signed with the San Francisco 49ers. He led the team in punting yards average with 43.7 on three punts. Two landed inside the 20-yard line and he had a long of 54. He went 3-for-4 in field goals and had one blocked. He successfully kicked all five PATs. Against the Chicago Bears on August 21, Schmitt had two kickoffs that went through the back of the endzone, which led to touchbacks. He had two tackles on kickoffs.

He was waived by 49ers on August 30 during final cuts.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Schmitt was signed to the practice squad of the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 28, 2008. He was released on November 1.

Oakland Raiders

Schmitt was signed to the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders on December 15, 2008. On December 30, he signed a two-year contract with the Raiders. He was waived during final cuts on September 5, 2009. In the 2009 pre-season, Schmitt was a top ranked punter in th NFL. He punted 18 times for a 40.5 average with five punts inside-the-20 yard line. Additionally, he was perfect as a kicker on extra points going 6-for-6.[1] On September 5, 2009, Schmitt was waived during final roster cuts.

Second stint with 49ers

Schmitt re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers on December 22, 2009. In his first regular season game against the Detroit Lions on December 27, Schmitt went 2-for-3 on field goals with one blocked, 2-for-2 on extra points, and kicked off five times with an average of 65 yards. He was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury on January 2, 2010.

Tennessee Titans

Schmitt was signed by the Tennessee Titans on March 15, 2010.[2]

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