LUBBOCK, TX – Texas Tech senior kicker Jonathan Garibay announced on Sunday his intention to forfeit his final season of eligibility to declare himself for the 2022 NFL Draft.
“I want to thank my friends and family for the love and support throughout my career,” Garibay said in a post on his Twitter account. “A big thank you to Coach (Matt) Wells and his team for giving me the opportunity to further my academic and athletic career here at Texas Tech. Not only has it changed my life, it has also changed the life of my family. Thank you to my teammates for helping me create incredible memories and relationships that will last a lifetime.
“I have truly found a second family here at Texas Tech. Another thank you to Coach (Joey) McGuire and his team for their patience and support through this process. Finally, thank you to all of Red Raider Nation for their incredible support all season. You truly are the best fans in the country. With that being said, I would like to announce that I will be declaring myself for the 2022 NFL Draft.”
In his two seasons, Garibay became one of the best kickers in college football, connecting on 23 of 27 field goal attempts during that span and 55 of 57 PAT. Garibay was an impressive 15 of 16 field goal attempts last season, which led the Big 12 and ranked sixth nationally in field goal percentage (93.8).
Garibay was moved into the starting kicker role at the end of the 2020 campaign as he found the amounts on each of his four attempts against Baylor. The performance included the game-winner from 25 yards out at the end of regulation, capping a memorable night when he became just the sixth kicker in Big 12 history to connect on four field goals on his debut and only the second to do so against a conference opponent.
It was one of three game-winning field goals in Garibay’s career to lead the Red Raiders to a last-minute victory as he also connected on similar successful tries last season in West Virginia, then against Iowa State. Garibay helped the Red Raiders fend off the Mountaineers with a final-minute 32-yard attempt before sending Texas Tech to bowl eligibility with a game-high 62 yards against the Cyclones.
Garibay’s kick against Iowa State was the longest by a Red Raider in school history, breaking the previous mark of 57 yards set by Bill Adams in a 1977 game against Texas A&M . Additionally, he scored the longest game-winning field goal in FBS history (less than a minute remaining) and was tied for the third-longest by an FBS kicker since the NCAA banned the use of hitting tees before the 1998 season.
Garibay scored his first 13 field goals of the season, tying Texas Tech’s record for most consecutive successful attempts that was previously set by Clayton Hatfield during the 2018 season. With his two field goals in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Garibay passed Hatfield for the highest career field goal percentage in school history, finishing at 85.2%, which was just above Hatfield’s previous mark by 84.7%.
Garibay, who wore the red shirt for the 2019 season after transferring from Riverside City College in his home state of California, is one of three Red Raiders still eligible to declare for the upcoming NFL Draft, joining offensive linemen. Dawson Deaton and wide receiver Erik Ezukanma.
The 2022 NFL Draft will take place April 28-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
— Jonathan Garibay (@jon_garibay9) January 16, 2022