Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prep football: Manatee's Tankersley will kick for Carson-Newman

(photo by Grant Jefferies)

Manatee kicker/punter Nick Tankersley has c0mmitted to Carson-Newman College, according to Hurricanes assistant coach Chris Conboy. Carson-Newman is a Division II located in Tennessee.

Tankersley booted 53 extra points and 16 field goals this year for Manatee, including a school-record 53-yard kick against Sarasota. He had four extra points and a pair of field goals during Manatee's 40-0 win over Jacksonville First Coast in the Class 7A state final.

Tankersley also sent 53 of 93 kickoffs into the end zone and averaged 37.3 yards per punt with a long of 50.

Tankersley was offered as Gene Chizik's preferred walk-on before accepting to play Carson-Newman, which has won five national titles and went 5-6 last season.

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