October 5, 2015

Highlighted Year: Mike Hollis, 1997

Placekicker, Jacksonville Jaguars

Age: 25
3rd season in pro football & with Jaguars
College: Idaho
Height: 5’7”   Weight: 176

Hollis made all 68 of his college extra point attempts and kicked a 56-yard field goal against Arizona in 1993. Undrafted by the NFL, he was with the San Diego Chargers during the 1994 preseason and then caught on with the expansion Jaguars in ’95. Hollis was successful on 20 of 27 field goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra point tries and improved in 1996 to 30 of 36 in field goals and made all 27 PAT attempts as the team reached the postseason, where he was successful on 8 of 9 field goal attempts in the three-game run through the AFC title contest.

1997 Season Summary
Appeared in all 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Field goals – 31 [3]
Most field goals, game – 5 vs. Baltimore 11/30
Field goal attempts – 36 [5, tied with Gary Anderson, Olindo Mare & Jason Elam]
Most field goal attempts, game – 5 vs. Pittsburgh 9/22, vs. Baltimore 11/30
Field goal percentage – 86.1 [7]
PATs – 41 [3, tied with Doug Pelfrey]
PAT attempts – 41 [4]
Longest field goal – 52 yards vs. NY Giants 9/7, vs. Kansas City 11/9

Field Goals – 31
PATs – 41
Points – 134 [1]

Postseason: 1 G (AFC Wild Card playoff at Denver)
Field goals – 1
Field goal attempts – 1
PATs – 2
PAT attempts – 2
Longest field goal – 38 yards

Awards & Honors:
Pro Bowl

Jaguars went 11-5 to finish second in the AFC Central while ranking third in the NFL in scoring (394 points) and qualified for the postseason as a Wild Card. Lost AFC Wild Card playoff to Denver Broncos (42-17).

Hollis spent four more seasons with the Jaguars and had his best field goal percentage (92.3) in 2000 when he was successful on 24 of 26 attempts. While he sometimes had difficulty on kickoffs, he was generally accurate on field goals. After faltering in 2001, when he missed ten field goals and his accuracy dropped to 64.3 percent after never being below 80 percent since his first year with the team, Hollis departed for the Buffalo Bills in 2002. He made good on 25 of 33 field goal attempts (75.8 %) and all 40 tries for extra point. Hollis moved on to the New York Giants in ’03 but was placed on injured reserve with a back injury in the preseason and retired the following year. Overall, Hollis kicked 200 field goals out of 250 attempts (80.0 %), with 175 of 217 (80.6) coming with the Jaguars, and added 279 PATs for a total of 879 points scored (764 with Jacksonville). He added another 16 field goals, out of 18 attempts, and 22 extra points in eight postseason games, all with the Jaguars.


Highlighted Years features players who were consensus first-team All-League* selections or league* or conference** leaders in the following statistical categories:

Rushing: Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Passing: Yards, Completion Pct., Yards per Attempt, TDs, Rating
Receiving: Catches, Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Scoring: TDs, Points, Field Goals (min. 5)
All-Purpose: Total Yards
Defense: Interceptions, Sacks
Kickoff Returns: Average
Punt Returns: Average
Punting: Average

*Leagues include NFL (1920 to date), AFL (1926), AFL (1936-37), AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974-75), USFL (1983-85)

**NFC/AFC since 1970