On Arnold: Senior punter who improved in spring football after a tough end to his first season at UMass in 2007 ... Has made great strides with catching punts from center ... Working on being more consistent on a punt-to-punt basis ... Junior college star who won the starting job last fall ... Outstanding leg ... Comes off solid career in junior college.
As a senior in 2008: First-team All-American ... Earned first-team All-Conference honors ... Named to the New England Football Writers FCS All-Star team ... Honorable mention for CSN's Fabulous 50 FCS All-American team ... Senior punter in second year as a starter. Junior college transfer from Lackawanna J.C. in Pennsylvania last season ... Second in FCS in 2008 in punting average 45.22 just one-tenth behind NCAA leader Robbie Dehaze of Northern Arizona (45.23). Led CAA in punting ... Season mark of 45.22 set a new UMass single-season record. Former record was 43.3 by Andy Maclay in 1998 ... First all-time in career punting average with 41.4 at UMass. Record was held by Christian Koegel (40.94) ... Career mark of 41.4 is fifth among all active FCS punters ... Has nine punts inside 20-yard line, 10 touchbacks ... Booted a 64-yard punt as part of 49.5 average vs. Hofstra (11/22) on Senior Day ... Bright spot in tough loss at #13 New Hampshire (11/15) with six punts for 49.7 average including 57-yard long ... Three punts for 37.3 vs. Maine (11/8), also had one inside 20 ... Two punts for 48.0 average at Rhode Island (11/1) ... Booted five balls for 45.0 vs. Bryant (10/25) with 57-yard long ... Four punts for 45.8 average vs. #9 Richmond (10/18), but had first punt blocked ... Two punts for 42.0 average at Northeastern (10/11) ... Six punts for 255 yards at #11 FBS Texas Tech (9/20) ... Punted four times for 48.2 average including career-long 70-yarder at #7 James Madison (9/13). Punt is 10th-longest in UMass history and first 70-yarder since 2004 ... Booted four balls for 44.0 average at Holy Cross (9/6) ... Opened 2008 season with a 47.5 average on six punts including three punts inside the 20-yard line. Booted a 56-yard punt, his seventh punt of more than 55 yards at UMass.
As a junior in 2007: Junior college transfer punter from Lackawanna J.C. in Pennsylvania ... Earned starting job after preseason battle with Ryan Logan ... Led CAA in punting for first five weeks, finished fifth with a 37.9 average in 12 games ... Had 51 punts for 37.9 average including 14 punts inside 20 ... Six punts of longer than 55 yards and three longer than 60 yards this season ... Booted a 60-yard punt vs. #14 UNH (11/10) as he had 43.3 average ... Career-best nine punts at Rhode Island (11/3) including long of 59 ... Had seven punts including three inside the 20-yard line at Boston College (9/29) ... Had a career-long 68-yard punt at Colgate (9/8), which is the 10th-longest punt in UMass history ... Career-game with 51.0 average at Colgate (9/8) including punts of 58, 68 and 55 yards ... Began UMass career with 44.3 average against Holy Cross (9/1) including long of 65 yards.
As a sophomore in 2006 and freshman in 2005 at Lackawanna J.C.: At Lackawanna Junior College, honored as the Northeast Football Conference First-Team Kicker and First-Team Punter ... Two-year starter ... Averaged 40 yards on punts in his two seasons ... Had 2006 game winning 41-yard field goal to lift Lackawanna to the Sun Bowl Championship over Glendale C.C., as time expired for 17-16 victory ... Helped Falcons to Northeast Football Conference Championship ... Punted 33 times for 39-yard average as a senior with eight punts inside the 20-yard line ... Made 5-of-10 field goals and 32-of-38 extra points as a senior ... Holds school record for longest field goal at 48 yards against Berean ... Longest career punt 58 yards ... Dean's List and President's List Award Winner (3.6 GPA or higher needed)...
Before College: At Neshaminy High School began punting junior year after playing soccer for first two years ... Member of First-Team All S.O.L League junior and senior year ... First-Team Golden Team and First-Team All-Trention junior and senior year ... Senior year named Passport News Elite 11 Punter ... Four-time "Round Table" Player of the Week ... Three-year varsity letter winner for basketball while averaging 15.8 points per game and led the team with 6.0 steals per game his senior year ... Also acted as team captain for basketball.
Personal: Brett E. Arnold ... Born September 3, 1986 ... Son of Joyce and Mark Arnold ... Majoring in Sociology.
CAREER STATISTICS AT UMASS (Punting) Year GP/GS No. Yds. Avg. TB I20 Lg. 2007 12/12 51 1931 37.9 9 14 68 2008 12/12 46 2080 45.2 10 9 70 Totals 24/24 97 4011 41.4 19 23 70