CAREER HIGHS Kickoffs: 11, vs. Kansas State (2009)
Kickoff Yards: 673, vs. Kansas State (2009)
Kickoff Average: 71.5 (2 att.), at Oklahoma (2010)
Field Goals Attempts: 5, vs. Texas A&M (2011)
Field Goals Made: 4, vs. Texas A&M (2011)
Longest Field Goal Made: 52 yards, vs. Weber State (2010)
Field Goals Blocked: 1 5x, vs. Texas A&M (2011)*
Punts: 4, vs. Houston (2010)
Long Punt: 63, vs. Houston (2010)
Punt Average: 54.5, vs. Houston (2010)
* Indicates most recent high
2011 Academic All-Big 12 second team... NCAA RANKINGS: tied for 45th in field goals (14)... BIG 12 RANKINGS: sixth in scoring (kick) averaging 7.7 points per game... fifth in field goal percentage (77.8)... tied for fifth in field goals made (14)... fourth in PATs (50)... one of just three place kickers in the conference to finish perfect in PAT attempts... TEXAS TECH RECORD BOOK: ranks eighth on Tech career PAT list (83)... ranks ninth on Tech single-season PAT list (50)... ranks tied for ninth on Tech single-season field goal list (14)... marked just the 13th time in school history a place kicker was perfect in PAT attempts during a season (seventh time in the last eight years)... went 14-of-18 in field goal attempts (1-for-1 from 1-19 yards; 3-for-3 from 20-29 yards; 3-for-4 from 30-39 yards; 7-for-8 from 40-49 yards; 0-for-2 from 50+ yards)... led team with 92 points scored (14 field goals; 50 PATs)... perfect 50-of-50 in PAT attempts... made the most field goals (14) by a Red Raider since 2006 (Alex Trilica, 15)... second most field goals by a Tech place kicker since 1998... five multiple field goal games are the most by a Texas Tech kicker since Robert Treece also had five in 2002...7-of-8 field goals from 40-49 yards are the most by a Tech kicker since Robert Treece made 7-of-10 in 2002... kicked off 72 times (65.1 avg.) for a total of 4,685 yards with 13 touchbacks... perfect 6-of-6 in PATs in final collegiate game against No. 18 Baylor at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington (11/26)... kicked off six times for 366 yards (61 avg.) against the Bears... joined teammate Adam James as a captain for the game against Baylor... made two field goals (48, 33) and was a perfect 3-of-3 in PATs at Missouri (11/19)... also kicked off six times (66.3 avg) for 398 yards with one touchback... kicked off twice for 108 yards (54 avg.) against No. 2 Oklahoma State (11/12)... made both field goals attempted (29, 40) and was 2-of-2 in PAT attempts at No. 25 Texas (11/5)... tallied five kickoffs for 301 yards with one touchback against the Longhorns... recorded two kickoffs for 136 yards (68 avg.) with one touchback against Iowa State (10/29)... was 2-of-2 in field goals (40, 37) and connected on all four PAT attempts at No. 1 Oklahoma (10/22)... kicked off nine times for 540 yards with one touchback for an average of 60 yards per kickoff against the Sooners... eight field goals (12 att.) after the first six games of the season are the most by a Red Raider in over 11 years during the first half of the regular season... was 2-of-4 in field goals (47, 19) and a perfect 4-of-4 in PAT attempts against No. 17 Kansas State (10/15)... had a 48-yard and 38-yard attempt blocked against the Wildcats... made six kickoffs for 418 yards (69.7 avg) with three touchbacks against Kansas State... tied a school record making four field goals (49, 27, 49, 30) and connected on 4-of-4 PAT attempts against No. 24 Texas A&M (10/8)... marked the 10th time in Texas Tech history a place kicker made four field goals in a single game (most recent in 1998 - Chris Birkholz vs. Texas)... four made field goals tied (Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State) for the most made field goals by a Big 12 place kicker... five attempts tied for the most in a game by a Big 12 place kicker... recorded eight kickoffs for 534 yards (66.8 avg) with one touchback against the Aggies... went 6-of-6 in PAT attempts and was 1-of-2 kicking field goals while making a 46-yard attempt and missing a 54-yard try at Kansas (10/1)... also tallied eight kickoffs for 512 yards (64.0 avg.) against the Jayhawks... went 5-of-5 in PAT attempts and kicked off six times for 403 yards (67.2 avg) with one touchback against Nevada (9/24)... recorded first field goal of the season on first attempt (23-yard FG) and connected on all eight extra points at New Mexico (9/17)... kicked off seven times (two touchbacks) for an average of 70.0 yards per attempt against the Lobos... made seven extra-points and tallied eight kickoffs averaging 64.5 yards per kick in season opener against Texas State (9/3).
Named second team All-Big 12 Academic... played in 13 games while kicking off 77 times for 4,937 yards (64.1 avg.) with 21 touchbacks on the season... also punted 10 times for 475 yards (47.5 avg.) with three punts inside the 20-yard line... kicked off seven times for 433 yards (61.9 avg.) and made one punt (33 yards) against Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl (1/1) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas... tallied career-long 63-yard punt while making four punts for 218 yards (54.5 avg.) with two punts inside the 20-yard line against Houston (11/27)... also had six kickoffs for 397 yards (66.2 avg.) with one touchback against Cougars... made a career-long 52-yard field goal and tallied 10 kickoffs for 657 yards (65.7 avg.) with three touchbacks against Weber State (11/20)... 52-yard field goal tied for the second longest during the season in the Big 12... kicked off twice (143 yards - avg of 71.5) with one touchback and made three punts (43.0 avg) with one going inside the 20-yard line at No. 16 Oklahoma (11/13)... 54-yard field goal attempt was blocked and kicked off five times for 326 yards (65.2 avg) against No. 14 Missouri (11/6)... made five kickoffs for 316 yards (63.2 avg.) with one touchback at Texas A&M (10/30)... had six kickoffs for 420 yards (70.0 avg) with four touchbacks at Colorado (10/23)... also had career-long 57-yard punt in only attempt against Buffaloes... averaged a career best 70.5 yards per kickoff (4 kickoffs/282 yards) against Oklahoma State (10/16)... had eight kickoffs for an average of 56.8 yards (454 total yards) and missed a 47-yard field goal attempt against Baylor at the Cotton Bowl (10/9)... kicked off seven times for 332 yards (47.4 avg) with one touchback at Iowa State (10/2)... averaged 69.0 yards on three kickoffs for 207 yards with two touchbacks against No. 4 Texas (9/18)... kicked off nine times for an average of 64.1 yards per kick (577 yards) with four touchbacks at New Mexico (9/11)... recorded first tackle of the season on a 36-yard kick-off return in the first quarter... had 51-yard field goal attempt blocked against SMU (9/5) in season opener... averaged 66.8 yards per kickoff in six kicks with two touchbacks against Mustangs.
Kicked off eight times against Michigan State with a 63.6 average ... averaged 64.0 yards on five kickoffs in the win over Baylor ... posted five touchbacks in eight kickoffs against Oklahoma ... averaged 69.5 yards per kickoff ... averaged 68.2 yards per kickoff at Oklahoma State ... three of four were kept inside the OSU 20 as kick team limited OSU to 17.2 yards per return ... had two touchbacks and averaged 68.4 yards per kickoff against Kansas ... averaged 68.5 per kickoff versus Texas A&M ... one touchback ... six kickoffs for a 54.5 yard average at Nebraska ... one touchback ... kicked off 11 times in the win over Kansas State and averaged 61.2 yards per kick ... was solid on coverage with five tackles, tying for the team lead ... averaged 61.8 yards per kickoff with a touchback against New Mexico ... averaged 67.0 yards per kickoff at Houston and had a touchback in five kicks ... punted one time for 28 yards and averaged 68 yards per kickoff against Texas ... averaged 64.1 yards per kickoff ... had one punt for 36 yards versus Rice...punted a career long of 42 yards in his first game as a punter ... recorded four touchbacks and average 69.3 per kickoff versus UND... named Academic All-Big 12 second team.
Ended the season 4-for-9 in field goals and kicked off 96 times for an average of 66.3 yards per kick ... kicked off six times against Baylor with two touchbacks ... two touchbacks in two kickoffs at Oklahoma ... kicked off nine times against Oklahoma State with two touchbacks ... kicked off eight times against Texas with three touchbacks ... had eight kickoffs at Texas A&M with one touchback ... kicked off six times with a touchback in the win over Nebraska ... had three touchbacks on 10 kickoffs and hit on seven PATs at Kansas State ... made a 31-yard field goal ... connected on all eight PAT attempts against UMass ... hit a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter against SMU ... connected on all five PAT attempts at Nevada ... rookie placekicker connected on 5-of-6 PAT attempts ... had a field goal blocked and missed another from 47 yards ... kicked off eight times.
Kelly High School in Beaumont, Texas ... handled placekicking and punting duties for four seasons as a standout specialist for Kelly, also lining up at linebacker and running back during his high school career ... served as the team's primary running back his senior year and received first-team TAPPS Division I All-State honors after leading the Bulldog attack with 792 rushing yards and nine touchdowns ... converted four of his five field goal attempts, including a long of 48 yards, and succeeded on 37-of-38 extra points as a senior ... also a second-team all-state selection as a punter after averaging 42.2 yards on 24 attempts, and boomed a reported 80 percent of kickoffs into the opponent's endzone for touchbacks ... successful on 7-of-8 field goal attempts as a junior ... ranked as the No. 7 kicking prospect in the nation by Scout.com ... coached privately by noted kicking consultant Rocky Willingham ... chose Tech over Air Force, Baylor and Mississippi.
Donnie Carona ... born on November 16, 1989 in Beaumont, Texas ... son of Don and Cindy Carona ... father is an attorney and a graduate of Lamar University and LSU ... mother Cindy is also a graduate of Lamar ... has two older sisters Rachel and Jennifer ... enjoys playing football and spending time with friends and teammates ... majoring in finance.