Sturgis with the Miami Dolphins in 2013
|No. 6 Philadelphia Eagles|
|Date of birth:||August 9, 1989|
|Place of birth:||St. Augustine, Florida|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||192 lb (87 kg)|
|High school:||St. Augustine (FL)|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 166|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Caleb James Sturgis (born August 9, 1989) is an American football placekicker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida, setting team records for field goals completed in a season and a career, and was recognized as an All-American. He was chosen by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Sturgis was born in St. Augustine, Florida. He attended St. Augustine High School, where he played for the St. Augustine Yellow Jackets high school football team. During his senior season, he completed 13 of 25 field goal attempts and 63 of 64 extra-point attempts. He was named to the Class 3A all-state first team at the placekicker position. Sturgis also played on his high school soccer team.
Sturgis accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football teams from 2008 to 2012. As a true freshman in 2008, he handled kickoffs for the Gators, and averaged 63.7 yards on 90 total kicks. He did not attempt a field goal as a freshman. The Gators won the 2009 BCS National Championship Game.
Sturgis made 22 of 30 field goal attempts in 2009. Against the Georgia Bulldogs, he made a 56-yard field goal, which was the longest field goal in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) that season and was also a career-long for him. He completed one of two field goal attempts in the 2010 Sugar Bowl, which Florida won. In 2010, Sturgis made two of four field goal attempts in four games before he suffered a back injury that ended his season. He was given a medical redshirt.
In 2011, Sturgis made 22 of 26 field goal attempts. His 22 completed field goals were the third-best total in the nation and the best in the SEC. He was named to the All-SEC first team and was a Lou Groza Award finalist. He made his only field goal attempt in a 2012 Gator Bowl win. Sturgis made 24 of 28 field goal attempts in 2012. His 24 completed field goals led the SEC and set a new team record. Sturgis was a Lou Groza Award finalist. He made his only field goal attempt in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, which Florida lost.
In his career as a Florida Gator, Sturgis made 70 of 88 field goal attempts (79.5%) and 130 of 136 extra-point attempts (95.6%). His 70 completed field goals and 88 field goal attempts are both team records. He also averaged 64.4 yards on 343 kickoffs, with 67 touchbacks. Sturgis graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management in 2011, and Master of Science degree in Management in 2012.
On August 14, 2013, Sturgis became the starter for the 2013 season after a short-lived competition with Dan Carpenter and with the latter being released that day. In his professional debut, Sturgis didn't miss any of his 3 field goal attempts. As of October 2013, Sturgis had missed only one 55-yard field goal to tie with the Baltimore Ravens and hadn't missed an extra point. In a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sturgis kicked a 44-yard field goal to tie the game at 20 with 11 seconds to go in regulation. Miami won in overtime.
In his first game with the Eagles, Sturgis missed a 30-yard field goal attempt and an extra point attempt, which could have turned the scoreboard in favor of the Eagles as they went on to lose 23-20 to the Washington Redskins. After the game Sturgis took responsibility, saying "the rest of the team gave such a good effort today. [They] played so well. It's tough knowing I didn't do my part. I just went out there and missed. Hurt the team. It's on me." After the game head coach Chip Kelly decided Sturgis is better than anyone else they could sign. "We looked at what’s out there," Kelly said. "I think the state of kicking in the league now is not very good. There’s been a lot of changes. …We feel in terms of what’s available out there, we’re going to stick with Caleb." In his second game with the Eagles, Sturgis missed another extra point, but was able to make all four of his field goals including one that broke a 7-7 second-quarter tie in a 39-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints. However, coach Chip Kelly did not show much confidence in his kicker as he went for it two times on 4th and long early in the game.
Sturgis married Kimberly Davidson, former University of Florida cheerleader, in July 2014. Sturgis also has five siblings. His older brother, Nathan, plays in Major League Soccer. One of his younger brothers, Mark Sturgis, was also a place kicker at Saint Augustine High following in his brothers footsteps. He is often referred to as, "The Yugoslavian Tractor Trailer" around the greater Philadelphia area.