Army's starting punter a year ago ... edged Austin Miller in heated preseason battle for lead role ... battled newcomer Owen Tolson for top job this spring ... fight for starting job expected to continue throughout preseason camp ... boasts strong leg ... seeking to attain consistency coaching staff craves ... boosted distance and hang time considerably this spring ... harbors outstanding work ethic ... committed to improving each day ... two-year letterman.
Milestones: Closed 2004 season ranked tied for ninth on Army's single-season punts list (66) ... fell 89 yards short of cracking school's Top 10 chart for seasonal punting yards.
2004: Averaged 36.9 yards per punt on 66 kicks ... dropped 13 punts inside opponent's 20-yard line ... drilled season-long 49-yard boot against Houston ... average steadily climbed after rough outing versus Louisville in season opener ... suffered blocked punt against Cardinals ... averaged 35.5 yards per punt (discounting block) in opening two games ... compiled average of 37.4 yards per punt versus TCU ... set season-high average of 42.5 yards on four kicks in win over Cincinnati ... matched that 42.5 average on four boots at East Carolina ... compiled 39.2-yard average on four kicks against Tulane ... called upon for five punts versus Navy ... averaged 38.6 yards per punt against Midshipmen ... hit six punts for 34.8-yard average opposite UAB ... called upon five times for a 34.2 punting average against Air Force ... hit five punts for 33.8 average at USF.
2003: Battled teammate Alex Bradford for starting punter's role throughout season ... appeared in three contests ... saw game action against Rutgers, Cincinnati and Hawai'i ... averaged 32.2 yards on five punts overall ... unleashed season-long 50-yarder in road showing against Hawai'i ... served as starter in that contest.
High School: Three-time all-state selection at Kennett High in Conway, N.H. ... played for head coach Gary Millen ... named first team all-state at both defensive back and placekicker ... recorded three all-county citations ... four-year letterwinner ... garnered four varsity letters in nordic skiing and three in baseball ... split field duty between pitcher and second base on diamond ... team captain for skiing squad as a senior ... helped team to state championship during sophomore and junior years ... attended National Kicking Service, Inc. Camp for three years ... Boys' State representative ... participant in Scholar Bowl ... selected as 2002 New Hampshire Athletic/Award winner ... senior class president ... served as co-editor of school newspaper, "The Black and White" ... volunteer for church youth group ... elected "DAR Class Good Citizen" ... earned Eagle Scout award.
Personal: Born Oct. 15, 1983 ... given name is Thomas Andrew Dyrenforth ... parents' names are John and Kathie Dyrenforth ... brother, David, a 2000 graduate of U.S. Military Academy ... enjoys nordic skiing and whiffle ball in spare time ... wanted to play football at Army after watching 1995 Army-Navy game (14-13 Army win) ... represented Army at U.S. Collegiate Nationals in nordic skiing three years ago ... majoring in Systems Engineering.
DYRENFORTH'S CAREER STATISTICS
Year G-GS No. Yds. Avg. I20 Bk. Long/Opp.
2003 3-1 5 161 32.2 0 0 50/Hawai'i
2004 11-11 66 2433 36.9 13 1 49/Houston
Totals 14-12 71 2594 36.5 13 1 50/Hawai'i
Punts: 9 vs. TCU, 10-2-04
Yards: 337 vs. TCU, 10-2-04
Long Punt: 50, vs. Hawai'i, 11-22-03
Punt Average: 42.5 (four punts) vs. Cincinnati, 10-9-04; East Carolina, 10-30-04