2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Extremely talented kicker that routinely kicks the ball out of the endzone on kickoffs … Has tremendous leg strength with outstanding technique and pinpoint accuracy … Serves as LSU’s kickoff specialist and will be in the mix for placekicking duties in 2019 … Had as big an impact on LSU’s success in 2018 as any other player on the roster as 90 percent (71-of-79) of his kickoffs went for touchbacks as the Tigers allowed only 126 kickoff return yards … Earned a spot on the 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2018)
Played in all 13 games for the Tigers as true freshman … Handled every kickoff for LSU, with 71 of his 79 kicks going for touchbacks … Allowed only six kick returns all season for 126 yards … Longest return of year against LSU kickoff unit was 36 yards … Set school record for touchbacks (71) … LSU led the nation in fewest kickoff return yards allowed (126), ranked No. 3 in kickoff returns allowed (6) and were No. 5 in touchbacks (71) … Had nine kickoffs against both Georgia and UCF … Set a career-best with eight touchbacks in win over Georgia … Went the entire season without kicking a ball out of bounds.
One of the top kickers in the nation, listed as a four-star prospect according to Kohl’s Kicking Professional Camps … Earned three letters in football as a safety, kicker and punter at Auburn High School in Auburn, Ala. … Named team captain as a senior in 2017 … Regarded as a member of the 2017 Alabama Sports Writers Association 7A All-State Team as an athlete … Garnered All-State honors in 2016 for his play at safety … Was named an All-Region Safety and was the X-Factor Athlete per Opelika-Auburn News in 2016 … A two-time Auburn Villager Newspaper Athlete of the Week, earning the honor once in 2015 and in 2017 … Led his teams to a 10-2 record during his senior campaign and an 8-4 record as a junior … Coached by Adam Winegarden … Also was a five-time letterman in soccer where he was a center forward coached by Bill Ferguson … Led Auburn to the 2018 7A Alabama State Soccer Championship … Earned Varsity Soccer MVP in the 2016 and 2018 seasons … Was named the Clutch Player of the Year in the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.
Full name is Jack Avery Atkins … Goes by Avery … Born on June 11, 1999 in Birmingham, Alabama … Parents are Jack and Nikki Atkins … Has one sister Taylor … Chose to attend LSU over offers from Ivy League Schools, including Harvard and Yale … Credits the people at LSU, including Ed Orgeron, Greg McMahon and Sam Nader along with the fans as some of the main reasons he was influenced to attend LSU … Majoring in biomedical engineering.
Atkins’ Career Highs
Kickoffs: 9, twice (First: vs. Georgia, 2018; Last: vs. UCF, 2019 Fiesta Bowl)
Kickoff Yards: 585 vs. Georgia, 2018
Touchbacks: 8 vs. Georgia, 2018