This weekend was filled with honors and accolades for ECU placekicker Jake Verity. Already a record holder, the senior entered Saturday’s matchup against USF six points away from becoming the Pirates’ all-time leading scorer.
Warren Harvey held that distinction for six years, but after Verity knocked through a 25-yard field goal and two extra points in the first quarter, that mark seemed destined to fall on Saturday.
Early in the second quarter, Verity connected on his third PAT of the game, officially making him ECU’s all-time leading scorer with 301 career points.
“It’s pretty cool, I think, to be appreciated,” Verity said postgame. “Especially being an older player and having just really poured myself into this school in a lot of different facets. At the end of the day, the only kick that I’m worried about right now is the first kick I have to hit in practice tomorrow. That’s how I approach it, one day at a time. If you do that, I think that’s the best way to be a successful placekicker.”
Verity paces the program with 66 career field goals made and is also the active FBS leader. His 78.6% accuracy puts him second all-time in ECU history, while his 9.7 points per game in 2020 would be a career-best if it holds the remainder of the season.
Now with 309 career points after finishing ECU’s 44-24 win over USF 3-for-4 on field goals and 5-for-5 on extra points, Verity is just the fifth kicker in American Athletic Conference history with at least 300 career points. For his efforts, Verity was named the AAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week on Monday, his fourth career league player-of-the-week honor.
“I had an idea,” Verity said regarding his record-breaking kick. “I was hoping it would happen today and we would score enough touchdowns and I could rack up a few extra points and I could do that. A 50-yarder would have made a cool video, but at the end of the day, I’m just happy that I was able to go out there and do my job in that situation whether it was an extra point or a long field goal.”
In his career, Verity has connected on numerous 50-plus yard field goals. From 2017-2019, he hit at least one 50-yarder and established his career-long of 52 in 2017. This year, Verity is 6-for-7 (85.7%) on field goal attempts with a long of 48 yards.
With his trio of field goals on Saturday, Verity now has 21 career games with multiple field goals converted and has scored double-digit points 14 times.