Former UAPB player Jamie Gillan named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month

From UAPB Athletics:

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Former University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff football player Jamie Gillan was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month by the National Football League for his play during the month of September.

Gillan averaged 41.6 yards per punt during the Browns’ first four games, with 11 of them being downed inside the 20, which ranks second in the conference. Gillan earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades following Cleveland’s win at the New York Jets in Week 2 after averaging 38.5 yards on six punts, with five downed inside the 20.

As an undrafted free agent, Gillan earned the starting job for Cleveland during the preseason. 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.

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 return to action Monday at San Francisco at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN.

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