A four-year starter at punter and two-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist ... only player in Terps history to be named All-ACC four times in his career ... also earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior ... started all 48 games in his career ... a four-time Academic All-ACC selection ... a good athlete with a strong leg ... extremely consistent, averaging between 42 and 44 yards per punt all four seasons ... excels at placement and directional kicks ... ranked among the top-25 nationally in punting average in each of his final three seasons ... career average of 43.1 ranks second in school history and ninth in ACC annals ... his 9,314 punting yards are also second in school history and ninth in the ACC ... his 216 punts are fourth on the Terps career chart ... all four of his season punting averages rank among the top 10 in school history ... 38 percent (83 of 216) of his career punts landed inside the opponents' 20-yard line and 16 percent (35 of 216) fell inside the 10-yard line ... did not have a punt blocked in his career ... also served as the holder on place-kicking attempts ... an Iron Terp with impressive strength and speed numbers ... set the school record for a punter in the spring with a 325-pound clean and a 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash in 2006 spring testing ... played in the 2007 Senior Bowl ... punted five times with a 44.4 yards per kick average, including a long of 67 ... placed one punt inside the 20-yard-line ... ranked as No. 1 senior punter in the nation by ESPN.com at the end of the 2006 season ... invited to the 2007 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.
2006 (Senior): One of the top punters in the nation ... a member of the preseason and midseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award ... an honorable mention All-America choice by Pro Football Weekly ... a second-team All-ACC choice ... ranked 22nd nationally and second in the ACC in punting average (42.9) ... his average ranks No. 7 on the Terps all-time single-season list ... 23 of his 56 punts (41 percent) landed inside the opponents' 20-yard line ... a semifinalist for the the Draddy Award, honoring the top student-athlete in the nation ... tabbed preseason first-team All-ACC by Athlon, Lindy's and The Sporting News ... entered the season as the No. 4-rated punter in the nation by Lindy's and No. 6 by The Sporting News ... an Academic All-ACC selection ... won the Terrapin Club Award for the greatest career contribution to football ... (vs. PU in Champs Sports Bowl) ... averaged 39.2 yards on four punts ... two of those landed inside the Boilermakers 20-yard line ... had a long punt of 50 yards ... (vs. WF) ... punted twice for a 32.0-yard average with one landing inside the 20... (vs. BC) ... punted three times for an average of 38.3 yards ... (vs. Miami) ... moved into second place on the school's career punting yards list, with eight kicks for a 41.5-yard average ... four of those landed inside the 20, and landed one at the two-yard line ... (vs. Clemson) ... punted six times for a 43.3-yard average, with two of his punts landing inside the 10-yard line ... (vs. FSU) ... boomed five punts for a 44.8-yard average, including a 62-yarder (a season-long) and two landing inside the 20-yard line ... (vs. NC St.) ... had an outstanding day punting, averaging a season-high 48.0 yards per attempt, with one inside the 20-yard line ... (vs. UVA) ... notched two solo tackles ... (vs. GT) ... boomed three punts for a 45.7-yard average, including a 57-yarder in the 4th quarter ... (vs. FIU) ... punted seven times for a 42.6-yard average, with three punts inside the 20 ... set a season-long with a 60-yard boot ... (vs. WVU) ... punted twice for a 43.0-yard average, with both landing inside the 10-yard line ... his first attempt rolled out at the four-yard line ... (vs. W&M) ... punted four times for a 46.2-yard average ... landed three punts inside the 20-yard line and two punts inside the 10, with one being downed at the 7 and another rolling out at the 3 ... his longest effort of the game tallied 58 yards ... a consensus preseason All-ACC choice this season.
2005 (Junior): Started all 11 games at punter ... second team All-ACC behind Ray Guy Award winner Ryan Plackemeier of Wake Forest ... an Academic All-ACC selection ... ranked second in the ACC and 13th in the nation in punting average at 43.6 yards per punt ... (at UNC) ... averaged 42.5 yards on four punts ... downed three inside the 20-yard line ... (at FSU) ... averaged 43 yards on four punts ... had first punt of the game downed at the two-yard line ... long boot of the day was 57 yards ... (vs. VT) ... averaged 43.6 yards on five punts ... deadened a 54-yard punt at the Hokie one-yard line late in the third quarter ... (vs. UVa) ... averaged 49.5 yards on two punts ... first punt of the game went 52 yards to the Cavalier 13-yard line ... (at WFU) ... in the battle between the ACC's top two punters (Podlesh and Ryan Plackemeier), Podlesh came out on top with a career-best average of 49.7 yards on six punts ... pinned the Deacons inside the 20 with a 49-yard punt in the first quarter ... had his punt downed at the two-yard line by Josh Wilson ... booted a 60-yarder in the fourth quarter, his longest of the day ... had an amazing 47.7-yard net average on the day ... earned ACC Specialist of the Week honors ... (vs. CU) ... averaged 47.3 yards on three punts ... booted a 59-yard punt in the fourth quarter, leaving Clemson to start at their own 14 after a short return ... (vs. Navy) ... averaged 49.5 yards on two punts, his best being a season-long 61-yarder.
2004 (Sophomore): Started all 11 games at punter ... a second team All-ACC pick ... a Ray Guy Award semifinalist ... seventh in the nation with a net punting average of 39.4 ... second in the ACC and 10th nationally with an average of 43.8 yards per punt ... dropped 33 percent (21-of-63) of his punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line ... (at VT) ... averaged 43.3 yards on six punts with two downed inside the Hokies' 20-yard line and one within their 10-yard line ... had a 46-yard punt downed at Virginia Tech's 16-yard line in the second quarter ... longest punt of the night (47 yards) downed at the Hokies' nine-yard line in the fourth quarter ... (vs. FSU) ... punted eight times and averaged 45.0 yards per punt ... downed punts of 52, 44 and 37 yards inside the Florida State 20 ... (at CU) ... punted seven times and averaged 40.6 yards per punt ... downed three kicks inside the Clemson 20, including a 45-yard punt downed on the Tigers' seven-yard line in the first quarter ... downed punts of 30 and 31 yards inside the Clemson 15 in the fourth quarter ... (vs. NCSU) ... averaged 45.2 yards on 11 punts with two punts downed inside the Wolfpack's 10-yard line ... had a career-long 70-yard punt in the second quarter that was downed on NC State's five-yard line ... 51-yard punt at the end of the third quarter was downed on the Wolfpack's seven-yard line ... (vs. GT) ... named ACC Special Teams Player of the Week ... had an outstanding game, averaging 49.8 yards on nine punts with one punt downed within the Georgia Tech 10-yard line ... had a season-long 59-yard punt in the first quarter ... had a 39-yard punt downed on the Yellow Jacket nine-yard line in the second quarter ... (at WVU) ... averaged 46.5 yards on two punts ... had his first punt of the game downed on West Virginia's nine-yard line ... punt was also his longest of the day (49 yards) ... (vs. NIU) ... averaged 48.7 yards on three punts ... first punt of the game went for 47 yards and pinned Northern Illinois at their 15-yard line ... had a net average of 50 yards for the game.
2003 (Redshirt Freshman): Starting punter for all 13 games ... a second team All-ACC selection ... a Ray Guy Award semifinalist ... finished the regular season second in the ACC (36th nationally) with a 42.3-yard average per punt, which ranks No. 8 on the Terps all-time single-season and best ever by a freshman ... (at WFU) ... averaged 37.8 yards on four punts with two downed within the 20-yard line ... had one punt downed within the 10-yard line ... (at NCSU) ... averaged 46 yards on five punts ... had one downed inside NC State's 20-yard line ... longest punt of the night went for 57 yards in the first quarter ... (vs. UNC) ... averaged 38.5 yards on his two punts of the game ... had one downed on North Carolina's 3-yard line in the fourth quarter ... his other punt of the game was fumbled and recovered by the Terps, as it hit a North Carolina player in the back on the Tar Heels' 12-yard line ... (vs. Duke) ... had four punts for a 42.8-yard average ... longest of the night was 46 yards ... his last punt of the game was downed at Duke's 2-yard line ... (vs. CU) ... finished with seven punts for a 41-yard average ... three of his punts were downed within the 20-yard line and two within the 10 ... had one downed on Clemson's 1-yard line in the fourth quarter ... five of his seven punts were kicked into the wind ... (vs. WVU) ... only punt of the night traveled 58 yards and was downed at West Virginia's 4-yard line ... (vs. The Citadel) ... his only punt of the game was for 60 yards, and was downed within the 20-yard line ... forced two touchbacks on three kickoffs ... (at FSU) ... averaged 43.7 yards per kick on seven punts for 306 yards ... his longest kick of the night was 52 yards ... had three punts downed within the 20-yard line ... (at NIU) ... was outstanding in his first game at the collegiate level, averaging 45.4 yards on his eight punts ... had four downed inside the 20-yard line and one inside the 10 ... his longest punt of the night was 63 yards, longest by a Terp in over two years.
2002 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and 2002 graduate of Pittsford Sutherland High School (near Rochester, N.Y.) ... punted and also played fullback and linebacker as a senior ... named first team all-state as a scholar-athlete by the New York coaches' association ... earned all-region honors from SuperPrep and first team all-state honors as a punter/kicker from the New York State Writers Association in 2001 after connecting on 4 of 6 field goal attempts (including kicks of 47 and 37 yards) and punting for a 40.7-yard average ... in addition, 86 percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks ... also totaled 92 tackles, five sacks, 638 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while playing on both sides of the ball ... was selected first team All-Greater Rochester by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and first team All-Monroe County ... posted the fastest 200- (21.58) and 400-meter times (50.5) in the state as a junior ... ran the third leg of the state title-winning 4x100 relay team in 2000 ... also recruited by Penn State, Syracuse, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Stanford ... high school coach was Scott Barker.
Personal: Adam Podlesh was born August 11, 1983 ... son of Jack and Jean Podlesh ... graduated in Dec. 2006 with a degree in marketing ... last name is pronounced "PAHD-lesh."
Podlesh's Career Statistics
Punting G-GS Punts Yds Avg I20 I10 LP 2003 13-13 53 2,241 42.3 22 9 63 2004 11-11 63 2,755 43.7 21 9 70 2005 11-11 44 1,918 43.6 17 8 61 2006 13-13 56 2,400 42.9 23 9 62 Career 48-48 216 9,314 43.1 83 35 70