A.J. Cole, III – North Carolina State University – Punter



  • ACC Academic Honor Roll as a freshman and sophomore
  • Named to the Dean’s List four times
  • Enrolled in an advanced bachelor’s degree program (taking undergrad and graduate classes at the same time)
  • Will earn his undergrad and master’s degrees in just four-and-half years
  • College of Engineering – Industrial Engineering


  • 3 year starter at punter
  • A preseason All-ACC choice according to the league media
  • Named to the preseason watch list for the 2017 Ray Guy Award
  • A nominee for the 2017 Allstate/AFCA Good Works team
  • Named to the midseason watch list for the 2016 Ray Guy Award
  • After two years, holds fourth-best career punting average in school history
  • Ranks 11th in career punting yards, 15th in punts
  • 38% of his career punts have been downed inside the opponents’ 20
  • Posted the third-best single game average in school history
  • Kicked the 9th-longest punt in school history.

Community Service

  • Has spent his last four spring breaks on an FCA mission trip to Kenya to spend a week ministering to children at Mountain Park Academy. Each year, he has recruited more and more of his teammates to raise the funds and travel with him (in 2017, five NC State players spent their spring breaks there!). He gathers clothing and other items to take with him, sponsors a young man to attend school there (and has solicited others to sponsor other children, resulting in at least 10 children now being able to attend school without their parents having to pay).  He teaches them football, has taught classes and shares his faith.
  • A member of Athletics in Action “Core” team – the leadership team and we do work to help organize bible studies and facilitate the large group meetings and help with some local service projects. He initiated projects such as knocking on the doors of an apartment complex and asking if he could take out their trash.
  • Secretary of the NC State’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.
  • Has spoken at a local Pop Warner banquet.
  • Worked with Meals on Wheels at Thanksgiving.
  • Volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Frequent volunteer to read at local elementary schools and visit local hospitals.
  • Elected to the Wolfpack’s Leadership Council by his teammates each year of his collegiate career.

“Our football team collectively turns in over 1,000 hours per year in community service. A.J. is our most active volunteer in a team FULL of volunteers and was named the recipient of the team’s Community Service Award in 2016. Besides his dedication to the children at Mountain Park Academy in Kenya, he has also volunteered for numerous other community service efforts, either as a part of the team, or on his own.”

The children of Kenya chant A.J. Cole’s name as he approaches.


All information and media courtesy of North Carolina State University Athletics Media Relations


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