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Fleur-De-Facts: Specialists

A look at the Saints specialists

NewOrleansSaints.com will look at each position group on the Saints roster over the summer. So far we have looked at four groups: Tight Ends, Safeties, Quarterbacks and Defensive Linemen.

This week we look at the Specialists:

Specialists (4):

# POS NAME HT WT AGE YRs SCHOOL
47 LS Justin Drescher 6-1 230 23 2 Colorado
5 K Garrett Hartley 5-8 196 25 4 Oklahoma
57 LS Jason Kyle 6-3 242 39 17 Arizona State
6 P Thomas Morstead 6-4 225 25 25 Southern Methodist

#5 Garrett Hartley

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Did you know?

*He made his first 16 field goals attempts, setting an NFL record for consecutive field goals to start a career.
*He has been perfect in five postseason contests, drilling eight-of-eight field goals and 15-of-15 PATs.
*He's the club's all-time leading scorer in the postseason with 39 points.
*He kicked a career-long with a 52-yard FG on Monday night, Dec. 27.2010, at Atlanta.
*He was a high school teammate of QB Chase Daniel and LS Justin Drescher at Carroll (Southlake, Tex.) High School.

Career Stats:

SEASON FGA FGM PCT XPA XPM PCT
2008 - NO 13 13 100.0 28 28 100.0
2009 - NO 11 9 81.8 11 10 90.9
2010 - NO 25 20 80.0 40 40 100.0
TOTAL
49 42 85.7 79 78 98.7

#6 Thomas Morstead

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Did you know?

*In his two years with the Saints, he has a gross average of 44.7 on 115 punts with a 37.2 net avg.
*He has booted 37 kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks.
*The ball for the onside kick that he successfully executed in Super Bowl XLIV is currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
*He pinned 21 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2010.
*He ranked third in the NFC and sixth in the NFL with a 45.9 gross average and fifth in the NFC with a 38.4 net in 2010.

Career Stats:

Punting:

SEASON PUNTS YDS NET YDS AVG NET AVG IN20 TB
2009 - NO 58 2,528 2,090 43.6 36.0 18 4
2010 - NO 57 2,618 2,188 45.9 38.4 21 6
TOTAL
115 5,146 4,278 44.7 37.2 39 10

Kickoff:

SEASON KO YDS AVG TB
2009 - NO 101 6,842 67.7 27
2010 - NO 49 3,331 68.0 10
TOTAL
150 10,173 67.8 37

#57 Jason Kyle

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Did you know?

*He has played in 203 career regular-season games along with 11 postseason contests, having stints with Seattle, Cleveland, St. Louis, San Francisco and Carolina before coming to New Orleans.
*He had appeared in 164 consecutive games combining the regular and postseasons, until suffering a midseason shoulder injury in 2010 that sidelined him for the final seven games.
*He led the Arizona State Sun Devils with 130 tackles as a senior in 1994 while starting 11 games at inside linebacker.
*He is a part-owner of two Charlotte area restaurants as well as one in his home state of Arizona. He is also a partner in an investment company based in Charlotte.

Career Stats:

SEASON TCK AST TOT FF FR
2010 - NO 1 - 1 1 1
2009 - NO 1 1 2 -
2008 - CAR 3 - 3 - -
2007 - CAR 3 - 3 - -
2006 - CAR 3 - 3 - -
2005 - CAR 4 1 5 - -
2004 -  CAR 1 - 1 - -
2003 - CAR 1 - 1 - -
2002 - CAR 2 2 4 - 1
2001 - CAR 1 1 2 - 1
2000 - STL - - - - -
2000-  SF 2 - 2 - -
1998 - SEA 3 2 5 - -
1996 - SEA 10 2 12 2 -
1995 - SEA 7 4 11 - -
TOTAL 42 13 55 3 3

#47 Justin Drescher

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Did you know?

*He was signed as a free agent by the Saints in late November 2010.
*He served as the team's long snapper for the final six regular season games and postseason contest.
*He was the long snapper for the Buffaloes for all four of his collegiate seasons in Boulder, appearing in 49 games.
*He was a high school teammate of QB Chase Daniel and K Garrett Hartley at Carroll (Southlake, Tex.) High School.

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