Football

 
39 - Ray Early
Ray Early
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Darlington, S.C.
High School: Darlington
Position: PK/P

2013 — Coaches preseason All-SoCon first team selection at both placekicker and punter...heads into the season ranked eighth (155 points) on Furman’s career kick scoring ledger.  2012 — Rebounded from a trying sophomore campaign to post a solid junior season serving as both the Paladins’ placekicker and punter...made 10-of-16 field goal attempts, including a career best 52-yard effort versus The Citadel, and 32-of-33 PATs...averaged 42.1 yards on 39 punts, seven of which covered 50 yards or more...recorded the second longest punt in Furman history (and fourth best in SoCon history) with an 82-yard effort against Wofford...averaged 57.3 yards on three punts against the Terriers, two of which were downed at the 3-yard line...performance against Wofford netted him SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards National Punter Of The Week accolades...registered 20 touchbacks on 50 kickoffs, including 19 in his final 33 kicks.  2011 — Suffered through a disappointing season after a brilliant 2010 freshman campaign, converting just 2-of-6 field goals and 14-of-19 PATs in 10 games...enjoyed his most success handling kickoffs, averaging a solid 62.8 yards on 53 kicks with 10 touchbacks...began the season as Furman’s primary kicker but quickly lost the job to Chas Short...top outing came in impressive 14-7 road victory over Chattanooga when he converted a pair of field goal attempts from 44 and 30 yards.  2010 — Earned consensus All-SoCon second team honors in separate balloting by SoCon coaches and media, as well as SoCon All-Freshman Team honors after converting 11-of-12 field goals (league best 91.7 percent) and 40-of-41 PATs (97.6 percent) as a true freshman...also averaged 63.6 yards on kickoffs, including nine touchbacks, which marked a solid 4.0 yards/kick improvement over 2009 (59.6 avg.) and eight more touchbacks over the one touchback recorded in ‘09...had only one kickoff go out of bounds...tallied nine points in his collegiate debut, making good on 6-of-6 PATs and a 23-yard field goal against Colgate (45-15 win)...converted a pair of 37-yard field goal tries versus 13th-ranked South Carolina...connected on his first five field goal attempts before registering his lone miss of the season (43 yards) against Howard (56-14 win)...earned SoCon Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors for his work against Samford (27-10 win), which included nine points, a 52-yard field goal (the second longest in Furman history), and six kickoffs that averaged 66.0 yards and included two touchbacks...was joined on the  coaches SoCon All-Freshman Team by offensive tackle Dakota Dozier and defensive end Shawn Boone...recipient of Furman’s Whitey Kendall Specialist Award following the season.

High School: 2010 graduate of Darlington (3A) High School...football coach was Justin Danner...served as placekicker and punter...converted 13-of-22 field goal attempts and averaged 43.0 yards per punt in his career...career long field goal was 45 yards and longest punt covered 62 yards...recorded 48 touchbacks on 56 career kickoffs...twice earned first team all-region honors and was named 3A kicker of the year in 2009 after making 5-of-9 field goal attempts, scoring 58 points, and averaging 43.0 yards per punt...converted a 32-yard field goal attempt in South Carolina North-South All-Star Game.

Personal: Full name is Raymond Joseph Early...born June 3, 1992, in Florence, South Carolina...son of John and Rebecca Early...brother, John, played football at Clemson (2006-09)...great-uncle, Lee Rhame `37 was an outstanding running back for Furman and charter member (1981) of the Furman Athletic Hall of Fame who is also in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame...majoring in communications.