Ryan Succop

Ryan Succop

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Succop with the Chiefs in January 2010
No. 4Tennessee Titans
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-19) September 19, 1986
Place of birth: Hickory, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Hickory (NC)
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 256
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2016
Field goals: 168
Field goals attempted: 203
Field goal %: 82.8
Career long FG: 54
Touchbacks: 239
Player stats at NFL.com

Ryan Barrow Succop (/ˌsʌˈkʌp/;[1] born September 19, 1986) is an American football placekicker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He became the 2009 Mr. Irrelevant by virtue of being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the final pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Succop played college football at South Carolina.

Early years

Succop attended Hickory High School in Hickory, North Carolina. He was a four-time all-conference and two-time all-state performer, and was named a three-time conference special teams Player of the Year. He also played soccer and scored 104 career goals. He was rated the fourth-best kicker in the nation and the sixteenth-best prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com.

College career

Succop attended the University of South Carolina. He performed kicking, punting, and kickoff duties for the Gamecocks. His 251 career points ranks 10th on South Carolina's all-time list.[2]

In 2005, as a freshman, he was the kickoff specialist and backup placekicker. He kicked off fifty-nine times for a 62.3 yard average with twenty-nine touchbacks. He had two field goal attempts, missing both.[3]

In 2006, as a sophomore, he was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after a game where he was 3-for-3. Succop would handle the kicking and punting duties for the gamecocks during his sophomore and senior seasons. He scored 85 points in 2006, which led the team and was the third-highest single-season total in school history. He also earned second-team All-SEC honors, and was named a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award.[4]

In 2007, as a junior, Succop was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-SEC selection. He also earned SEC first-team preseason honors as a placekicker by the media. He was a second-team selection by the coaches and earned preseason second-team All-SEC honors as a punter by both the media and coaches. He was once again a Lou Groza Award candidate, and he was also named to the Ray Guy Award watch list. He went 13-for-17 in field goal attempts, earning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after making all three field goals in a game.[5] As a senior, Succup participated in all thirteen games and connected on twenty of thirty field goals which was good enough for fourth in the SEC in percentage but was the most in both attempts and makes. [6]

College statistics

Stats Overview: Kicking
20050 2 0.0 0 0
200616 20 80.0 37 39 85
200713 17 76.5 37 37 76
200820 30 66.7 30 30 90

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

Succop preparing a warmup kick
Succop warming up against the Browns

Succop was selected 256th overall, the final selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, by the Kansas City Chiefs,[7] earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He said of being drafted last, "I didn't choose to be Mr. Irrelevant. It just worked out that way. I'm just trying not to get caught up in it and focus more on the task at hand, which is trying to come in here and help the team. It's not one of those things I really think about too much, to be honest."[1]

Succop and the Chiefs reportedly agreed on a three-year deal worth up to $1.2 million on June 17, 2009.[8] Succop was going to compete with Connor Barth for the starting kicker job; however, Barth was released in July 2009.[9]

On November 22, 2009, Succop kicked a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give Kansas City a 27–24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the defending Super Bowl champions.[10]

Succop finished his rookie season tying an NFL record for highest field goal percentage by a rookie in a season with 86.2%. He also passed NFL Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud for most field goals made by a rookie in Chiefs history. He was awarded the Mack Lee Hill Award by the Chiefs in 2009, and led the team in scoring. He scored more points (104) than any other rookie in the NFL that year, and this placed him second in Chiefs history in scoring by a rookie.[11] Succop was also named to NFL's All-Rookie team his rookie year.

On October 31, 2010, Succop made a 35-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to help the Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills 13-10.[12] Exactly one year later, Succop made a field goal in overtime to beat the San Diego Chargers.

Succop's 2011 campaign started by making one of his first four field goal attempts. Succop went on to make his next 21 field goals until having two attempts blocked in a week 16 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

At the end of the 2011 season, Succop signed a five-year contract extension worth $14 million, which includes $2 million in guaranteed salary and $675,000 in incentives if Succop makes a Pro Bowl and the Chiefs make the playoffs every season of his contract.[13]

On September 23, 2012, Succop became the Chiefs all-time leader in FGs attempted and FGs made in a single game (going 6-for-6) en route to a 27-24 OT win at the New Orleans Saints.[14]

On December 29, 2013, Succop missed a 41-yard field goal against the San Diego Chargers with 4 seconds remaining in regulation.[15] However, controversy arose over an uncalled penalty, which would have allowed a second field goal attempt. This caused the game to go into overtime and allowed the Chargers to win, preventing the Pittsburgh Steelers from getting a spot in the AFC Wildcard playoff game.[16]

Succop was waived on August 30, 2014 during the Chiefs final preseason cuts in a salary-cap move.[17]

Tennessee Titans

Succop was signed by the Tennessee Titans on September 1, 2014.[18] His first game for the Titans was against his former team, making all of his four field goal attempts and converting both extra points as the Titans defeated the Chiefs 26-10 on September 7.[19] He was resigned after the season to a three year $7.2 million contract.[20]

Professional statistics

Stats Overview: Kicking
Overall FGs 20-29 Yards30-39 Yards40-49 Yards50+ YardsPAT
YearTeamGBlkLngFGMFG AttPctMAttPctMAttPctMAttPctMAttPctXP AttXPMPctBlk
2015Tennessee Titans16051141687.533100.033100.077100.01333.3312993.51
2014Tennessee Titans16051192286.455100.077100.05862.522100.02727100.00
2013Kansas City Chiefs16151222878.666100.091090.06875.01425.05252100.00
2012Kansas City Chiefs16052283482.44580.0121580.0101283.322100.01717100.00
2011Kansas City Chiefs16254243080.077100.06785.771258.333100.02020100.00
2010Kansas City Chiefs16153202676.966100.07977.86875.01333.34242100.00
2009Kansas City Chiefs16153252986.21010100.077100.06785.72540.02929100.00


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  14. "Ryan Succop, Chiefs rally to top Saints in overtime stunner". ESPN. September 23, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  15. "Ryan Succop misses game-winning field goal". San Diego Chargers. December 29, 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  16. "NFL admits Chargers should have been penalized on Ryan Succop's field goal attempt". Arrowhead Pride. December 30, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
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  19. "While Cairo Santos struggles, Ryan Succop makes triumphant return to KC". Kansas City Star. September 7, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  20. https://twitter.com/jwyattsports/status/576382131737374720

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