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Zane Gonzalez (born May 7, 1995) is an American football placekicker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arizona State University and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Gonzalez holds the NCAA Division I record for field goals made in a career.[1][2] He was a unanimous All-American in 2016.[3] He was awarded the Lou Groza Award in 2016.[4]

Zane Gonzalez
No. 5 – Arizona Cardinals
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1995-05-07) May 7, 1995 (age 24)
Deer Park, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Deer Park (Deer Park, Texas)
College:Arizona State
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 7 / Pick: 224
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Field goals:24
Field goals attempted:34
Field goal %:70.6
Long field goal:55
Touchbacks:50
Player stats at NFL.com

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College careerEdit

Arizona State University signed Gonzalez on March 28, 2013.[5] He played college football for the Sun Devils from 2013–2016.

During his freshman year in 2013, Gonzalez played every game, connecting on 25 of 30 (83.3%) field goals on the season and converted all 63 extra point attempts.[6] Gonzalez had a streak of 18 field goals converted, an ASU freshman record.[7] He was awarded with a First Team All-Pac-12 selection.[8] Gonzalez broke the ASU record for points by a kicker with 138 on the season along with tying the NCAA record for field goals made by a freshman.[9]

During his sophomore year in 2014, Gonzalez connected on 22 of 27 (81.5%) field goals and was 50–52 on extra points.[10] Gonzalez was awarded with a Second-Team All-Pac-12 selection.[11] On October 18, he matched a then-career high with four field goals against Stanford.[12] On November 11, Gonzalez kicked four field goals including a game-winning field goal in overtime against Utah.[13] He was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week.[14] On December 27, Gonzalez kicked three field goals in the 2014 Sun Bowl.[15]

During his junior season in 2015, Gonzalez scored on 26 of 34 (76.5) field goals and converted all 52 extra point attempts. On November 28, Gonzalez matched the Pac-12 record with an ASU school record six field goals against California. On January 2, 2016, he kicked four field goals against West Virginia in the 2016 Cactus Bowl.[16] In the third quarter, he became the school’s all-time scoring leader, surpassing Luis Zendejas (380).[17]

During his senior year in 2016, Gonzalez recorded 23-of-25 (92.0%) field goals and only missed one of 40 extra point attempts. On September 16, Gonzalez kicked four field goals against UTSA.[18] He is the first Sun Devil in history to kick more than one 50-yarder in a game.[19] With his second field goal of the night early in the second quarter, Zane Gonzalez broke the Pac-12 record for points scored in a career with his 416th.[19] He was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week.[18] On September 24, Gonzalez kicked three field goals and six extra points against California.[20] With his three field goals, Gonzalez moved into 4th in NCAA history for career field goals made at 84.[21] Gonzalez’s first field goal of the night broke the school record for career made field goals.[22] He was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week.[21] On October 8, he kicked three field goals against UCLA.[23] Gonzalez broke the NCAA career field goals made record with his 89th career field goal in the fourth quarter.[24] He was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time.[24] On October 15, he kicked three field goals against Colorado.[25] He holds the record for career points by a kicker with 468, passing FSU’s Dustin Hopkins (466).[24] He also tied the NCAA record for most 50+ yard field goals in a game with three.[24] He was named to his fourth Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week, becoming the second player to ever do this, joining California kicker Doug Brien.[24] On December 8, he was awarded the Lou Groza Award, become the second player in ASU history, joining Thomas Weber (2007).[4] On December 12, he was named an All-American, becoming the third in school history and the first since Terrell Suggs earned the honor in 2002.[3]

In the 2017 Senior Bowl, Gonzalez kicked three field goals, tying a record that had been held since 1985.[26]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
202 lb
(92 kg)
29 12 in
(0.75 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
All values from NFL Combine[27]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

2017 seasonEdit

The Cleveland Browns selected Gonzalez in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[28] On May 16, 2017, the Browns signed him to a four-year, $2.48 million contract with a signing bonus of $89,156.[29][30][31] Gonzalez competed with incumbent kicker Cody Parkey for the starting job during Cleveland's 2017 training camp. The Browns decided on Gonzalez as their kicker for the season on September 1, 2017.[32]

On September 10, 2017, in the season-opening 21–18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gonzalez recorded his first career extra point and field goal, which was a 24-yard attempt.[33] On October 22, 2017, in a Week 7 12–9 loss to the Tennessee Titans, he scored all nine points on three field goals, including a career-long of 54 yards.

2018 seasonEdit

In Week 1, in the 21–21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gonzalez had a game-winning 43-yard attempt blocked in overtime that would have given the Browns the win.[34] On September 16, in a Week 2 21–18 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Gonzalez missed two field goals and two extra points, including a PAT that would have given the Browns a 19–18 lead. He concluded the game by missing a 52 yard field goal with 3 seconds left, sealing the loss.[35] He was waived by the Browns the following day, September 17.[36]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On November 20, 2018, Gonzalez was signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.[37] He was promoted to the active roster on November 26, 2018 following an injury to Phil Dawson.[38]

On December 2, 2018, in a Week 13 20–17 win against the Green Bay Packers, Gonzalez recorded two field goals and extra points which included the 44-yard go-ahead field goal that eventually gave the Cardinals the win.

Personal lifeEdit

Gonzalez has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.[39] He is of Mexican American descent.[40]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Morgan, Craig (October 8, 2016). "ASU kicker Zane Gonzalez breaks NCAA field goal record – Arizona Sports". Arizona Sports. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
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  33. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
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