Former UNC kicker Barth tears Achilles, will miss 2013
Posted July 17, 2013
Former University of North Carolina and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth will miss the 2013 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon last week in a charity basketball event.
The Wilmington, NC, product will be placed on the non-football injury list after undergoing surgery on the tear Monday, according to the team.
In a responsive roster move, the Buccaneers have signed nine-year veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes to a one-year deal.
“We are disappointed to lose a productive player like Connor, but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of year,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said.
Barth entered last season as the all-time leader in field goals made in UNC history (54) before being passed by his brother, Casey. His 54-yarder in 2006 against NC State marked his career-best and tied the second longest in school history. He also set the school record for the longest made field goal by a freshman with a 50-yarder against NC State in 2004.
Barth, a two-time All-ACC kicker at UNC, has played for three different teams in his five-year NFL career. He has played with Tampa Bay since 2009. He is 101-for-120 (84.2 percent) on field goals in his NFL career.