Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 8/24/08: #3 P, #244/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 7 2007: XP 43-43, FG 13-20, 40-49: 0-3, 50+ 3-4, Long 52; P 57-2545-44.6, 3 TB, 7 FC, 21 in 20, 1 blocked; A first-team All-Conference USA pick by both the coaches and the media… Led Conference USA and ranked ninth in the nation with a 44.6-yard average… Helped SMU rank second nationally in net punting… Season average was the third-best in a single season ever on the Hilltop… Of 57 punts during the season, 21 landed inside the 20, only four were touchbacks and only 18 were returned for positive yardage… His single-game average of 55.6 ypp (5-278) against North Texas ranks second all-time in Conference USA… Boomed a 72-yarder against the Mean Green… Enters the season having hit 77 straight PATs… Was 13-of-20 on field goal tries… Hit three field goals of 50-plus yards...2006: XP 34-35, FG 13-18, 40-49: 2-5, 50+ 1-2, Long 50; P 50-2191-43.8, 4 TB, 6 FC, 18 in 20, 1 blocked; A third-team All-Conference USA selection by the media and an honorable mention pick by the coaches... Given SMU's Special Teams Award... Averaged 43.8 yards per punt, the best season average for a Mustang punter since Craig James averaged 44.9 ypp in 1982... A member of the "Watch List" for the 2006 Ray Guy Award.... Led Conference USA and ranked 15th in the nation in punting average... Hit 65-yard punts against Marshall and Rice... Punted 50 times for 2,191 yards... Had six punts fair caught and downed 17 inside the 20... Hit 13-of-18 FG tries on the year including a 50-yarder against Arkansas State - the longest SMU FG since 1997 - and 34 of 35 PATs... Tied the SMU record of 34 straight set by Eddie Garcia back in 1981... Member of the C-USA Honor Roll...2005: Did not see playing time... A member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll...2004: Redshirt.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 5/164 -- Thomas Morstead, P, 6-4, 225, Southern Methodist...Saints coaches and scouts thought Morstead had the strongest leg of all the punters in this year's draft, even though he averaged a career-low 41.8 gross yards as a senior. But only 19 of his punts were returned as SMU ranked fourth in the nation in net average at 37.2 yards. - by The Sports Xchange
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01/11/13 - P Thomas Morstead was a Pro Bowl pick after setting a club record with a 50.1-yard gross average -- becoming one of only seven players in NFL history to average more than 50 yards in a season. He also was on track to set the league mark for net punting average, but fell a little short with a solid 43.2 average. He had 45 touchbacks on kickoffs.
07/31/12 - P Thomas Morstead admitted to being nervous during practice on Friday (July 27) after agreeing late Thursday night to a six-year, $21.9 million contract extension.
While Morstead was obviously happy with the contract that will run through the 2018 season, he said he couldn't help but think about what could go wrong during practice.
"I thought if I had a bad practice, they might take (the offer) back," said Morstead, who last season set a club record with a 48.3-yard gross average and led the league with 68 kickoffs for touchbacks.