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  David Abdul
David Abdul

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Hartville, Ohio

High School:
Massillon Washington

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 200

Position:
PK

2006 Scouting Report: Was expected to compete for the starting placekicker assignment, a role he held in 2002 and 2003...offseason surgery for a heart ailment, however, could force him to miss the 2006 season... served as the chief reserve in '05 and appeared in two games...owns field goal range of well over 50 yards.

2005: Took over Pitt's starting placekicking duties for two games (Youngstown State and Rutgers) due to the injured status of Josh Cummings...made his first appearance in almost two years when he played against YSU...had not kicked in a game since the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl (12/27/03)...against YSU, accounted for nine points, hitting both of his field goal attempts (22 and 40 yards) and 3-of-4 PATs...connected on all three of his placements at Rutgers (3-of-3 PATs).

2004: Took a redshirt after injuring his kicking leg (right) in an offseason car accident.

2003: Pitt's starting placekicker for the second consecutive year...made 9-of-18 field goals and 49-of-51 extra points en route to a career-best 76 points...compiled a season-high 11 points versus Kent State...made both of his field-goal attempts (22 and 47 yards) and all five PATs versus the Golden Flashes...47-yard field goal versus Kent State matched his career long initially established during his freshman season at UAB...made all four PATs and both field goals (30 and 43 yards) for 10 points against Syracuse...matched his career high by drilling all six of his extra-point attempts versus Ball State, a feat he also accomplished at Syracuse as a freshman during the '02 season.

2002: Seized Pitt's starting placekicking duties as just a true freshman...was Pitt's second-leading scorer with 67 points...converted 13-of-20 field goals and 28-of-29 extra points...led the Big East in PAT percentage (96.6) and ranked fourth in field goal percentage (65.0)...named a first team Freshman All-American by Scripps/FWAA and Rivals...received second-team honors from The Sporting News...was perfect in Pitt's 38-13 Insight Bowl victory over Oregon State, making 5-of-5 extra points and his lone field goal attempt, a 45-yarder that tied the game at 10 as the first half expired...scored a career-high 13 points versus Boston College (4-of-4 field goals and his lone PAT) to lift the Panthers to a 19-16 overtime victory...booted a 30-yard field goal with five seconds left in regulation to send the game into OT...would later hit a game-winning 42-yarder in the extra frame to upend the Eagles...his four field goals tied the school record also held by Carson Long (versus William & Mary in 1975) and Nick Lotz (versus Temple in 2001)...named Big East Co-Special Teams Player of the Week and Rivals National Freshman of the Week for his performance versus Boston College... accounted for 12 points in Pitt's 48-24 win over Syracuse...connected on both of his field goal tries (23 and 19 yards) and all six PATs...earned Big East Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance versus the Orangemen...Abdul became one of just four Pitt true freshmen to earn Big East Player of the Week honors...the others are tailback Curtis Martin (1991), placekicker Chris Ferencik (1995) and receiver Larry Fitzgerald (2002)...scored all six Pittsburgh points at Notre Dame, connecting on both of his field-goal attempts (29 and 24 yards)...made all four of his PATs at Virginia Tech...drilled a career-long 47-yard field goal at UAB...was a two-time coaching staff Special Teams Player of the Game honoree (Syracuse and Boston College).

High School: Finished his Massillon Washington career as a two-time All-Ohio Division I (largest classification) honoree...two-time All-Northeast Inland District and all-country...2000 and 2001 Goss Special Teams Player of the Year... All-Akron Beacon Journal and All-Independent...All-Northeast Ohio...made 15-of-23 field goals (.652) as a senior, including a long of 54 yards...connected on 61-of-62 extra points (.984) as a senior...was 5 of 7 from 40-49 yards and 4 of 9 in attempts over 50 yards his senior year...kicked a career-long 56-yard field goal his junior season...of his 84 kickoffs during the 2001 season, 54 were touchbacks (64%)...helped team to a 12-2 record, the regional championship and berth in the state semifinals as a senior...PrepStar "Dream Team"...rated the nation's No. 2 specialist by PrepStar...PrepStar All-Midwest Region...rated the nation's No. 4 kicker by Student Sports...rated the nation's No. 5 kicker by Rivals.com...listed as one of the Midwest Region's top 100 prospects by SuperPrep...earned four letters under Coach Rick Shepas...selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic and the Ohio North-South All-Star Game...also lettered once in track and field.

Personal: David John Abdul II, born 10/16/83, is the son of David and Beverly Abdul Sr....has one brother and two sisters...communication and rhetoric major.