2006 Scouting Report: A past All-Big East honoree who has the potential to achieve at an All-America level this season...Ray Guy Award candidate...ranked among the nation's leaders in punting average each of the past two seasons...owns a career punting average of 42.8 yards and has the ability to challenge the school career mark of 43.5 (held by Brian Greenfield, 1989-90)...lauded by the coaching staff for his offseason focus on technique...also contributes as a kickoff specialist and holder on placements...is right-footed.
2005: Ranked second in the Big East and 29th nationally with a 42.2-yard punting average...had 18 punts downed inside the 20 (30%)...had a season-long 67-yarder at Ohio... averaged a season-best 49.1 yards on seven punts at Nebraska...averaged 48.8 yards on four punts versus Notre Dame...averaged 47.9 yards on eight punts versus South Florida...matched career high with four punts inside the 20 versus Cincinnati...as Pitt's kickoff specialist had 11 touchbacks on 49 kickoffs (22%).
2004: First-team All-Big East selection...shared Pitt's Special Teams MVP award with kicker Josh Cummings...also earned the team's Most Improved Special Teams Player honor...led the Big East and ranked 13th nationally with a 43.3-yard punting average...placed 17 punts inside the 20 (28%)...had the longest punt in the Big East with a 79-yarder (vs. Boston College)...2004 was his first year as the starting punter...also handled kickoffs...of his 61 kickoffs during the '04 season, 17 were touchbacks (28%)...had a career-best 79-yard punt against Boston College and finished with six punts for an average of 47.8 yards...with Pitt backed up at its own 10 midway through the fourth period, Graessle boomed his 79-yarder over the head of dangerous return man Will Blackmon...the ball rolled dead at the BC 11, giving Graessle the second longest punt in school history (Nate Cochran, 80 yards versus Kent State, 1996)...named coaching staff's Special Teams Player of the Game for the Boston College contest...averaged a career-best 56.0 yards on four punts versus Connecticut...had a 74-yarder versus the Huskies before leaving the game late in the first half due to a concussion sustained while making a tackle on the kickoff team...averaged 48.6 yards on five punts with a long of 54 against Rutgers...against Nebraska averaged 47.8 yards on five punts with a long of 55...had three punts downed inside the 20 against the Cornhuskers, including one at the 14 and one at the 1...named Big East Special Teams Player of the Week for his Nebraska performance...also named the coaching staff's Co-Special Teams Player of the Game for the Nebraska contest...averaged 46.6 yards on seven punts at Syracuse with three downed inside the 20...coaching staff's Special Teams Player of the Game against the Orange...at Temple averaged 43.5 yards on four punts...averaged 43 yards on three punts at South Florida...averaged 41 yards on four punts versus West Virginia and, as Pitt's holder on placements, handled a pair of tricky snaps to earn the coaching staff's Special Teams Player of the Game honor...in the opener against Ohio had a season-high four punts downed inside the 20.
2003: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman, serving as Pitt's kickoff specialist...had 29 touchbacks on 73 kickoffs (40%)... had a season-high six touchbacks on seven kickoffs at Texas A&M...finished with five touchbacks on seven kickoffs against Ball State...had four touchbacks on eight kickoffs versus Kent State...twice earned Special Teams Player of the Game honors from the coaching staff (Texas A&M and Ball State).
High School: Considered the top kicking prospect in Ohio by many recruiting services coming out of high school... three-time first team All-Ohio Capital Conference at Dublin Coffman High...three-time all-district...second team All-Ohio...three-year starter as both a punter and placekicker...averaged 43.9 yards per punt as a senior and 40.3 as a junior...79% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks as a senior (49 touchbacks on 62 kickoffs)...converted 17-of-32 field goals (.531) his final two years with a long of 47 yards...established Dublin Coffman records for longest punt (77 yards), field goals in a game (four, twice), career field goals (29) and kickoff touchbacks in a season (49)...helped lead team to a 17-7 mark (.708) his final two seasons, including two state playoff berths and the 2001 regional championship...SuperPrep All-Midwest Team...rated the nation's No. 23 kicker by Rivals.com...rated one of Ohio's top 50 players by Rivals.com...PrepStar All-Midwest Region...played under Coach Mark Crabtree...earned three letters in football...Merit Roll student as a junior and senior.
Personal: Adam Vincent Graessle, born 11/25/84, is the son of Fred and Karen Graessle...has two sisters...marketing major.
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