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After emerging as the team’s starting punter the last three seasons, Sullens will compete to retain his role in 2015 ... Punted for both sides of the Maroon and White Spring Game (4/11/15) and averaged 38.5 yards on 13 attempts with a long of 46.
2014: Averaged 40.9 yards per punt on 81 attempts with 33 downed inside the 20 to earn All-MVFC honorable mention honors ... His punting average ranked 30th nationally and 5th in the MVFC ... Also had 26 punts fair caught with 12 punts of 50 or more yards ... Had 3 punts of 50-plus yards at No. 9 Illinois State (10/25/14) with a long of 57 and 44.7 average on 7 attempts ... Posted a season-best 48.2 average on 4 attempts vs. Southern Illinois (11/8/14) with a season-long 74 yarder to earn CFPA FCS National Punter of Week honors ... Pinned South Dakota (10/18/14) inside its own 20-yard line six times on homecoming with a 74-yard punt highlighting his MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week run ... Also earned MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for game at Oklahoma State (9/6/14) with a touchdown-saving tackle ... Earned MSU Special Teams Player of the Week honors four times for games against North Dakota (9/13/14), South Dakota, at Indiana State (11/1/14) and Southern Illinois ... Averaged 40.0 yards punting for both sides during Maroon and White Spring Game (4/26/14).
2013: Averaged 46.8 yards per punt over the team's final two games and 10 attempts ... Posted MSU record 50.2 yards per punt on 6 kicks -- 3 punts for more than 50 yards -- in season finale against UNI (11/16/13) to earn CFPA Special Teams (P) Performer of the Week honorable mention, MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week, The Sports Network National Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, Beyond Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week, CFPA Punter Performer of the Week honorable mention, and MSU Media Player of the Week ... Earned MSU Special Teams Player of the Week twice for games at top-ranked North Dakota State (10/12/13) and Northern Iowa (11/16/13) ... Ranked 8th in the MVFC in punt average (38.3) and 5th in total punts (69)... Posted season highs in punts (10) and punt yards (330) against Central Arkansas (9/21/13) with 6 fair catches ... Attempted 8 punts twice -- at Iowa (9/7/13) and at South Dakota (10/5/13) ... Notched 9 punts of 50 yards or more for the season with 19 downed inside the 20 and 19 fair catches ... Averaged 40-plus yards in 7 of 12 games ... CFPA Preseason Punter Watch List nominee as well as College Sports Madness Preseason All-MVFC (first team) ... Named to Athletic Director's Honor Roll for fall 2013 semester ... Averaged 41.3 yards on 3 punts in the Maroon and White Game (4/20/13), including a long of 51 yards.
2012: Averaged 41.03 yards on 66 punts, which ranked fourth in the MVFC and 33rd nationally ... Helped the Bears rank 31st nationally in net punting (36.79) ... His 66 punts ranked tied for sixth on the MSU single-season list, and his average ranked eighth ... Named MSU Special Teams Player of the Week for games at No. 22 Kansas State (9/1/12), vs. South Dakota (10/13/12) and at UNI (11/17/12) ... His 47.2 punting average on six kicks at K-State was the fourth-best single-game average in MSU history and earned Sullens the first of three honorable mention nods in the CFPA National Special Teams Performer of the Week honors ... Also mentioned on the CFPA weekly list for the Murray State (9/15/12) and Indiana State (10/6/12) games ... College Sports Journal FCS Freshman of the Week honorable mention pick for the Indiana State game ... Had a season-long 70-yard punt at Indiana State and a 67-yarder at Kansas State ... Single-game punt averages of 46.0 at Indiana State, 45.2 at UNI and 45.1 vs. Murray State were also notable ... Finished season with 14 punts of at least 50 yards and had at least one 50-yarder in 8-of-11 games ... Named by College Sports Madness as an all-conference third-team punter in the website's postseason awards .... Punted for both teams in the Maroon and White Game (4/21/12) and punted 11 times for 418 yards (38.0) with a pair of 48-yard kicks and 5 downed inside the 20.
2011: Tried out for the squad as a true freshman but did not make the Bears' final fall roster ... Stayed committed to making the team and found a roster spot in the spring (2012) as the squad's primary punter.
High School: A three-sport standout at Camdenton (Mo.) High, Sullens played punter, wide receiver and defensive back for legendary Coach Bob Shore's Lakers ... Earned Class 5 all-state honors as a senior in 2010 ... Had punts of 73 and 80 yards as a prep senior with the 80-yarder coming in the state quarterfinals against Kirkwood ... Also had 8 tackles against Kirkwood ... Was a three-year starter for CHS ... Started four seasons as a shooting guard on the Lakers' basketball team and lettered twice in track.
Personal: Chris A. Sullens was born 11/24/92 in Jefferson City, Mo. ... Son of Dale and Terri Sullens of Camdenton, Mo. ... Has a brother, Brandon, and sister, Hannah ... Majoring in Sport Administration.