Tommy Openshaw - Football - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#17 Tommy Openshaw


Class Redshirt Senior
Height 6'2"
Weight 200
Hometown Jacksonville, Fla.
High School Creekside

2017 Allstate-AFCA National Good Works Team member
2017 Wuerffel Trophy semifinalist
2017 NFF-College Hall of Fame Campbell Trophy Semifinalist
2017 SEC Good Works Team member
2017 Lou Groza Award (PK) watch list
2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
2014 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
2013-2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Openshaw completed his fourth consecutive year as the Commodores’ primary placekicker and earned national accolades for his off-the-field activities… Openshaw struggled to match his kicking performance as a junior in 2016… Made three of seven field goal attempts, including a long of 42 yards at Florida… Ended the way with field goals against Western Kentucky and Missouri… Made 39-of-40 extra point tries… Away from the field, Openshaw was named to the Allstate-American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) national FBS Good Works Team and as a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy.

Openshaw enjoyed an All-Southeastern Conference caliber campaign – and one of the best ever by a Commodore placekicker… As a third-year starter, Openshaw converted 15 of 19 field goals… His 78.9 percent conversion rate has been bettered only once (Carey Spear’s 83.3% in 2012) since the mid-1970s… Openshaw was also 11-of-11 inside 40 yards and converted on four efforts from 47 yards and beyond, including twice from 52 yards… He made his last FG attempts, including three at Auburn… Openshaw’s conversions from 52 yards at Auburn and vs. NC State in the Camping World Independence Bowl matched the eighth longest in team history… Openshaw’s 81 points scored ranks as the third highest single-season scoring total ever by a Commodore kicker… His career scoring output of 175 points ranks fifth all-time among Commodores.

Openshaw played in every game, spending much of the year in dual capacity of punter and placekicker… As first-year punter, Openshaw averaged 40.9 yards on 79 punts… Booted a 78-yard punt, equaling No. 6 all-time on team charts, against Missouri… As placekicker, Openshaw converted on 62.3 percent of field goals (12-of-19)… Made 7-of-10 attempts between 40-49 yards… Made field goals of 28, 41 and 34 yards at Ole Miss… All of team’s field goal attempts came in first seven games of season… Also made all 14 extra point attempts.

Openshaw saw action in 11 games, serving as the team’s primary placekicker in his redshirt freshmen season… Made 72.7 percent of field goals, converting 8-of-11… Was 6-of-6 on field goals inside 40 yards… Last two conversions came from 48 and 46 yards… Made all 21 PATs on the season… Also served as team’s primary kickoff specialist during last two months of season.

Openshaw did not see action as a true freshman… Displayed excellent leg strength and accuracy as a placekicker.

High School
Ranked among nation’s top kicking specialists by several services… Started three years as kicker.. Became team’s kicker as sophomore, adding punting duties as a senior… Became school’s first player to earn first-team 6A All-State from writers after making five FGs and 45.6-yard punting average as senior… Also named All-District as senior… Was 16-of-22 on field goals as junior, including team record 56-yarder, as team advanced to second round of state playoffs.

Thomas Reilly Openshaw… Completed undergraduate degrees in Engineering Science and Economics in May 2017; working on a master’s in Leadership and Organizational Performance at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College… Son of Mark Openshaw and Susanne Openshaw… Born Sept. 30, 1994… Has three younger sisters: Colleen, Tara and Claire… Dad works as a construction manager; mom is retired from the U.S. Navy… Mom was a gymnast at U.S. Naval Academy… Active in youth activities at hometown church… Enjoys golf… Named to prestigious Allstate-AFCA national Good Works Team in September 2017… Went on four mission trips as Vanderbilt undergraduate, visiting Dominican Republic on two occasions, St. Lucia and Costa Rica.

Career Highs
Field Goals Attempted: 4, at Ole Miss, 9/26/2015
Field Goals Made: 3, (2x) last at Auburn, 11/5/2016
Longest Field Goal: 52 yards, at Auburn, 11/5/2016
Longest Punt: 78 yards, vs. Missouri, 10/24/2015

Tommy Openshaw action shot 10-02-15