Former University of Arkansas At Pine Bluff football player Jamie Gillan has earned the starting punting job with the Cleveland Browns.
In four preseason games, Gillan averaged 46.6 yards on 17 punts, with an NFL-long of 74 yards with six downed inside the 20.
“He’s the ultimate team player,” said UAPB head coach Cedric Thomas. “He’s helped to build the foundation for our program going forward. He was always an unselfish guy. The team was always first. He’ll do well, and we look forward to watching him. Our players now can see if you come in and do it the right way, despite limited resources, you’ll have an opportunity to be successful. This is big not only for UAPB but the SWAC as a whole to get our young men to understand if you put in the work, and do all the little things when your number is called, you will have the opportunity to reach the highest of the highs.”
Gillan handled all punting duties for the second straight game Thursday night, averaging 44.3 yards on six punts, including a 50-yard punt and one downed inside the 20. Gillian also continued to display his all-around skill with two special teams tackles while also serving as the holder on all four scoring kicks in the Browns’ 20-16 win over Detroit.
Gillan had punts of 38, 42, and 48 yards in the first quarter, as he made the tackle on his punt of the opening stanza. Gillan had a 45-yard punt in the second quarter, a 43-yard punt in the third quarter, and a 50-yard punt in the fourth quarter.
Following a safety, Gillan booted the free kick 67 yards and also made the tackle on the return.
Gillan averaged 47.8 yards on six punts with three downed inside the 20 and made a tackle in Cleveland’s 13-12 loss in Week 3 at Tampa Bay. Gillan drilled a 50-yard punt in the first quarter, a game-long 54-yard punt and a 45-yard effort in the second quarter, and punts of 46, 45, and 47 yards in the third quarter.
In week two of the preseason, the Scottish Hammer showed why he earned the nickname, as Gillan launched a 74-yard punt in the first quarter of the 21-18 win for the Browns. He also had a 44-yard punt in the third quarter, and a 38-yard punt in the fourth quarter. He averaged 52.0 yards on three punts in the game, with the 74-yarder downed inside the 20. He also was the holder on an extra point and field goal attempt.
Gillan, who signed as a free agent following the NFL Draft, averaged 42.0 yards on two punts, including one inside the 20, as the Browns opened the preseason with a 30-10 win over Washington.
In 2018 as a Golden Lion, Gillan led the SWAC with an average of 42.9 yards per punt to rank 13th in FCS football with a net average of 37.5 yards. A total of 19 punts traveled more than 50 yards, and 27 of his punts were down inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Gillan also had 31 touchbacks, which ranked 16th nationally and allowed only 17.4 yards per return. Gillan earned first-team All-SWAC honors at both punter and kicker.
The Browns open the season Sunday at home against Tennessee.