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Tressler William "Tress" Way (born April 18, 1990) is an American football punter for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Tress Way
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Way with the Washington Redskins in 2014
No. 5 – Washington Redskins
Position:Punter
Personal information
Born: (1990-04-18) April 18, 1990 (age 29)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Tulsa (OK) Union
College:Oklahoma
Undrafted:2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Punts:358
Punting yards:16,467
Punting average:46.0
Inside 20:132
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early lifeEdit

Born Tressler William Way in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Way attended Union High School in Tulsa and graduated in 2008.[1] While at Union High School, he played high school football for the Redskins.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tress Way
K
Tulsa, OK Union HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jun 24, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #12 (national K), #1 (OK K), #11 (school)   Rivals: #17 (K), #17 (OK), #6 (school)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2008 Oklahoma Football Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  • "2008 Oklahoma College Football Recruiting Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  • "Oklahoma Sooners 2008 Player Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015.

College careerEdit

Way attended the University of Oklahoma and redshirted his freshman season with the Oklahoma Sooners football team.[3] He then played in 53 games from the 2009 to 2012 seasons. Way averaged 44.0 yards per punt with a career long of 85. Of Way's 250 punts, 91 went inside the 20, 71 were for 50 or more yards, and 36 were touchbacks.[1] Way completed his bachelor's degree at Oklahoma in interdisciplinary studies in December 2012.[4][1]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Tress Way
Year School Conf Class Pos G Punts Yds Avg
2009 Oklahoma Big 12 FR K 13 61 2,787 45.7
2010 Oklahoma Big 12 SO K 14 73 3,212 44.0
2011 Oklahoma Big 12 JR K 13 63 2,649 42.0
2012 Oklahoma Big 12 SR K 13 53 2,340 44.2
Career Oklahoma 250 10,988 44.0

Professional careerEdit

 
Way at Chicago Bears training camp in 2014

Chicago BearsEdit

The Chicago Bears signed Way as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2013. He was brought in to challenge veteran Adam Podlesh. The Bears waived him on August 25, 2013.[5]

He re-signed with the Bears for the 2014 offseason, but he was waived again after losing out to rookie Pat O'Donnell on August 18, 2014.[6]

Washington RedskinsEdit

 
Tress Way in a game against the Carolina Panthers in 2018

The Washington Redskins claimed Way off waivers on August 20, 2014.[7] In his first preseason game with the team, he recorded an average of 45.3 yards off of four punts.[8] He became their starting punter for the 2014 season following the release of Robert Malone. For the 2014 season, Way led the NFL in gross punting average with 47.5 yards.[9] He finished his rookie season with 77 punts for 3,659 net yards.[10]

At the start of the 2015 season, Way was voted as the team's special teams captain.[11] Overall, he finished the 2015 season with 70 punts for 3,224 net yards for a 46.6 average.[12]

On March 4, 2016, the Redskins extended a tender to Way.[13] The Redskins later signed him to a five-year contract extension on March 12.[14] He finished the 2016 season with 49 punts for 2,209 net yards for a 45.08 average.[15]

In the 2017 season, Way finished with 83 punts for 3,794 net yards for a 45.7 average.[16]

In Week 10 of the 2018 season, Way punted five times for a net average of 47.8, downing four punts inside the 20-yard line, in a 16–3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earning him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[17] Overall, Way finished the 2018 season with 79 punts for 3,581 net yards for a 45.33 average.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2013, Way married Brianna Turang, a softball and soccer player at the University of Oklahoma and daughter of former Major League Baseball outfielder Brian Turang.[19][20][21] Way is a Christian.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Tress Way". Oklahoma Sooners. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tress Way, Union , Punter". 247Sports. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Tress Way College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/tress_way/status/326198172345040897
  5. ^ Bears Cut 14 From Roster
  6. ^ Bears waive P Tress Way, sign KR/PR Darius Reynaud Archived August 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Jones, Mike (August 20, 2014). "Redskins claim former Bears punter Tress Way on waivers". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Associated Press (September 1, 2014). "Redskins New Punter Tress Way Used to Team's Name Debate". WUSA. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  9. ^ Clarke, Liz (December 30, 2014). "Redskins punter Tress Way: A bright spot on a bad team". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Tress Way 2014 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Jones, Mike (September 9, 2015). "Redskins pick Trent Williams, Dashon Goldson and Tress Way as captains". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Tress Way 2015 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  13. ^ Walker, Andrew (March 4, 2016). "Report: Redskins Extend Tenders To Compton, Thompson, Way". Redskins.com. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  14. ^ Walker, Andrew (March 12, 2016). "Redskins Sign Punter Tress Way To Five-Year Contract". Redskins.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Tress Way 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  16. ^ "Tress Way 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  17. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (November 14, 2018). "Ben Roethlisberger, Mitch Trubisky among Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  18. ^ "Tress Way 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  19. ^ Kuzydym, Stephanie (June 16, 2013). "VIDEO: The Engagement of Tress Way and Brianna Turang". The Oklahoman. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  20. ^ http://www.soonersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208790086
  21. ^ Dybas, Todd (September 1, 2014). "New punter Way has a Redskins past". The Washington Times. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  22. ^ "Trusting God's Way". Retrieved November 21, 2015.

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