Brad, a senior from Groton, Mass., was an instrumental part of the UNH football team’s success on special teams to help lead the No. 1-ranked Wildcats to a 35-30 victory against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in a Dec. 12 NCAA FCS quarterfinal game at Cowell Stadium.
The 6-foot-1 punter/placekicker averaged 45 yards on seven punts, including four inside the 20 and a season-high 61-yarder. He was also 3-for-3 in PAT attempts.
Brad’s first punt of the game was only 39 yards, but the net was also 39 as the ball was downed at the UTC 2 yard line. Early in the second quarter, UNH was forced to punt from its 14; when it looked like the Mocs would start with excellent field position, Brad booted his season-long 61-yard punt to back UTC to its 25.
His next punt sailed 48 yards and rolled out of bounds to pin Chattanooga at its 13 yard line. Early in the third quarter, Brad booted a punt 47 yards to once again pin UTC inside the 20 (at the 15).
This season, Brad has 51 punts for 2,216 yards for an average of 43.5 that would break the UNH single-season record of 41.3 that he tied last year (established in 2008 by Tom Bishop). Of those 51 punts, 14 have been for 50 or more yards and 23 have pinned the opposition inside the 20 (in comparison to just five touchbacks).
Since taking the placekicking duties in the NCAA FCA second round game vs. Fordham University, Brad is 6-for-7 on PATs and made his only field goal attempt (30 yards vs. Fordham).
Brad, who became the starting punter last year as a junior, has a career average of 41.9 yards per punt (132-5,530) with a long of 77 yards vs. the University of Maine in November 2013. That career average is better than the current UNH record of 39.9 held by Josh Polgar (2001-04).
Brad is a three-time CAA Academic All-Conference Team honoree and was named to the CAA All-Conference Second Team earlier this month.