Corey Bojorquez
No. 7 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Punter
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-13) September 13, 1996 (age 25)
Bellflower, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Mayfair (Lakewood, California)
College:New Mexico
Undrafted:2018
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2021
Punts:175
Punt yards:7,903
Punt average:46.4
Inside 20:78
Longest punt:72
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Corey Bojorquez (born September 13, 1996) is an American football punter for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California before transferring to New Mexico, and signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He played his first 3 seasons for the Buffalo Bills.

Early years

Bojorquez attended and played high school football at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California.[1]

College career

Bojorquez verbally committed to play college football at Sacramento State, but changed his mind at the last minute, opting to play at Cerritos College, a junior college known for producing dozens of professional players, to improve his prospects of making it to an FBS program. After receiving offers from Indiana State University, an FCS school, and Concordia University, a member of the RSEQ Conference in Canada. Bojoroquez accepted an offer to transfer to the University of New Mexico.[2][1] He handled punting duties in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.[3] In 2017, he was named a 3rd Team All-American Punter by GPR Punt Rating.[4]

Collegiate statistics

Year School G Punts Yds Avg
2016 New Mexico 13 49 2,067 42.2
2017 New Mexico 12 67 3,170 47.3
Career New Mexico 25 116 5,237 45.1

Professional career

New England Patriots

Bojorquez signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 14, 2018.[5] He was waived on September 1, 2018.[6] Bojoroquez was one of the final preseason cuts by New England as the team opted to keep incumbent punter Ryan Allen, but was intended to be signed to their practice squad. He never played a snap during the preseason, only practicing some punts during the intermission of the last preseason game with the Patriots.[2]

Buffalo Bills

On September 2, 2018, Bojorquez was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills, and was named the starting punter after the team released Colton Schmidt.[7] He made his NFL debut in the Bills' season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. In the 47–3 loss, he had eight punts for 397 net yards for a 49.6 average.[8] Bojorquez sustained a shoulder injury during the October 7 game against the Tennessee Titans; after playing three games with the injured shoulder, he was placed on injured reserve on October 31, ending his season.[9] Overall, he finished his rookie season with 45 punts for 2,028 net yards for a 45.07 average.[10]

In the 2019 season, Bojorquez finished with 79 punts for 3,313 net yards for a 41.94 average. In the Wild Card Round of the playoffs against the Houston Texans, he was involved in an unusual sequence toward the end of the game. Bojorquez was normally the holder for the Bills on field goal attempts in 2019.[11] The Bills did not know if they had a first down or if they were short with little time remaining. The spot of the ball was being reviewed by the booth. If the spot remained a fourth down, the Bills would be forced to attempt a field goal with time expiring. To counter this, Bills' head coach Sean McDermott sent the special teams onto the field during the review. After the review, the Bills had earned a first down and the clock restarted. Instead of losing valuable time to get the special teams off of the field, Bojorquez had to get under center and spike the ball to stop the clock.[12]

In week 5 of the 2020 season against the Tennessee Titans, Bojorquez had a career-long 74-yard punt, breaking his previous career long set the previous week.[13]

Los Angeles Rams

On April 20, 2021, Bojorquez signed with the Los Angeles Rams.[14]

Green Bay Packers

On August 31, 2021, Bojorquez was traded to the Green Bay Packers along with a 2023 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round draft pick.[15]

Personal life

Bojorquez is the oldest of four siblings. He is an ordained minister. Married to Diana Wong from Hilo, Hawaii.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Daniels, Mark (August 6, 2018). "Rookie punter Corey Bojorquez if getting a leg up on the competition". MetroWest Daily News. Framingham, MA. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Wolf, Jason (November 1, 2020). "Why Bill Belichick couldn't hide Corey Bojorquez from the Bills". The Buffalo News. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "Corey Bojorquez College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "GPR Punt Rating". Gpr2017. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Patriots Sign P Corey Bojorquez; Release Rookie WR Darren Andrews". Patriots.com. May 14, 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Patriots Announce Roster Cutdown". Patriots.com. September 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Brown, Chris (September 2, 2018). "Bills awarded claim for CB Ryan Lewis and P Corey Bojorquez". BuffaloBills.com.
  8. ^ "Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens – September 9th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Brown, Chris (October 31, 2018). "Bills sign QB Matt Barkley, re-sign P Colton Schmidt". BuffaloBills.com.
  10. ^ "Corey Bojorquez 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Buffalo Bills Depth Chart Archive". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Healy, John (January 4, 2020). "The 5 Most Bizarre Moments of the Bills-Texans Game". radio.com. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  13. ^ "Corey Bojorquez sends 74-YARD punt into orbit for Bills". National Football League. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  14. ^ "Rams sign punter Corey Bojorquez". therams.com. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  15. ^ "Rams trade punter Corey Bojorquez to Packers". Rams.com. August 31, 2021.