Trenton Gill, one of the most prolific punters in program history, will depart NC State and head to the NFL. On Thursday, the First Team All-ACC Punter announced that he plans to enter the 2022 NFL Draft.
Over the last few weeks, several key NC State players — on both sides of the ball — have decided to return before the 2022 season in Raleigh. However, the team’s ace punter won’t be joining the party.
Not the way I wanted my career to end but I am excited to start my next chapter! Love y’all! pic.twitter.com/fzTPGEEPUz
— Trenton Gill (@gill_trenton) December 30, 2021
With an extra season of COVID eligibility, Gill could’ve return for the 2022 campaign, which would’ve been his sixth with the program.
During the 2021 season, Gill led the ACC with an average of 45.1 yards per punt. It marked the second time in the last three seasons that Gill led the league in yards per punt. For his career, Gill averaged nearly 46 yards per punt.
Gill joined the program in 2017. After backing up AJ Cole — now one of the best punters in the NFL with the Las Vegas Raiders — for two seasons (2017-18), Gill became the full-time punter in 2019.