Garrett Hartley #8 K
Height: 5-8 Weight: 195 Age: 29
Born: 5/16/1986 Keller , TX
Experience: 7th season
High School: Carroll HS [Southlake, TX]
The 2006 Lou Groza finalist struggled with his placements as a senior, but continued to show great accuracy on his field-goal attempts. During his last two seasons, he has made 91.4 percent of his three-point tries (32 of 35). His explosive leg also put 60 of 182 kickoffs into the end zone during that period, as he led the team in scoring as a junior and senior.
Hartley would conclude his Oklahoma career as the school's third-leading kick scorer with 317 points. His 47 field goals made also rank third in Sooner annals, as he set a school all-time record by making 81.03 percent of his field-goal attempts during his career.
At Carroll High School, Hartley was rated the second-best kicker in the nation by Rivals.com and the 71st-best overall player in Texas by Super Prep. He was named All-State by the Dallas Morning News, adding All-Conference and All-Region honors.
Hartley set a national record for points in a career by a kicker and established a state record for extra points in a career with 90. He was successful on 14 of his 26 field-goal attempts in 2003, including a long of 52 yards. More than 86 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. He also served as the team's punter and averaged 44.3 yards per kick. He nailed 14 of his 17 field-goal attempts as a junior and hit on 11-of-13 tries in 2001.
Hartley was expecting to red-shirt in 2004 at Oklahoma, but he was pressed into duty for the final three games. He made his only field-goal attempt, a 29-yarder vs. Southern California in the Orange Bowl, adding 12 PATs. He also averaged 60.8 yards on 11 kickoffs with a pair of touchbacks.
As a sophomore, Hartley earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors vs. Baylor. He ranked second on the squad in scoring with 79 points. He connected on 14 of 22 field goals and 37 of 38 extra point attempts. He kicked off 67 times for a distance average of 58.5 yards, as 32 attempts went for touchbacks.
In 2006, the Lou Groza Award (nation's top kicker) finalist was named second-team All-Big 12 Conference. He was simply outstanding as a place-kicker, making 19 of 20 field goals and 49 of 50 PATs for a team-high 106 points. Thirty-one of his 78 kickoffs were ruled touchbacks, as he averaged 61.7 yards per attempt.
Hartley was again selected to the All-Big 12 second-team. He scored a team-high 110 points on 13 of 15 field goals and 71 of 76 extra point tries. He kicked off a career-high 104 times for a distance average of 66.8 yards and had 29 touchbacks. He also recorded five tackles (3 solos).
In four seasons at Oklahoma, Hartley scored 310 points, making 47 of 58 field goals (81.03%) and 169 of 176 extra point attempts (96.02 percent). He had two field goals blocked and a career-long 53-yarder. He kicked off 260 times for a distance average of 62.9 yards, as five of those kicks went out of bounds and 94 were for touchbacks. He had 161 kickoffs returned for a 19.3-yard average, including a 98-yard touchdown. He recorded six tackles (4 solos) and rushed once for a 6-yard gain.