HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Former Southern Miss place kicker Corey Acosta (Memphis, Tenn.) signed a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers Monday afternoon.
Acosta lettered four seasons for the Golden Eagles and finished his collegiate career with a strong 2014 senior campaign. He led Conference USA in both field goals and made percentage during the year by converting 19-of-25 attempts to go along with 21-of-23 extra points for a team-high 78 points.
In addition, Acosta made eight field goals in a row at one point during the year and posted a career-best four field goals in consecutive games against Alcorn State and at No. 3 Alabama. He booted a pair of tries from 50 yards or farther, including a career-best 52-yard make against Rice.
For his career, he finished third at the school in made field goals with 43 and third in attempts (64). His final tally of 201 points puts him in fourth on the school’s career charts.
His season’s highlights also included being named a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, as well as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.
Those successes, though, were not limited to the playing field as he was also tabbed a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American last season, after garnering first-team Academic All-District honors. Acosta also earned C-USA All-Academic team selection for the third time. In April, Acosta also earned selection to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.
Acosta is the third Golden Eagle to land on an NFL roster from last year’s squad. Defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Dangriga, Belize) was a sixth-round selection by the Kansas City Chiefs, while fellow defensive lineman Dasman McCullum (Hebron, Miss.) inked a free agent deal with the Washington Redskins.
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