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Dwayne Stukes
Assistant Special Teams Coach

Biography

Dwayne Stukes is in his second season as the Giants’ assistant special teams coach.

The Giants had numerous standout special teams performances in 2016.

Kickers Josh Brown and Robbie Gould combined to make 21 of 22 field goal attempts, a team-record 95.5 percent success rate. The previous mark of 93.8 percent was set in 2015.
Dwayne Stukes is in his second season as the Giants’ assistant special teams coach.

The Giants had numerous standout special teams performances in 2016.

Kickers Josh Brown and Robbie Gould combined to make 21 of 22 field goal attempts, a team-record 95.5 percent success rate. The previous mark of 93.8 percent was set in 2015.

Gould joined the team on Oct. 20 and made all 10 of his field goal attempts in the regular season, increasing his streak of 17 in a row dating back to 2015, when he played for the Chicago Bears. He also hit both of his field goal attempts (from 26 and 40 yards) in the NFC Wild Card Game in Green Bay to improve to a perfect 12 for 12 with the Giants and eight for eight in his postseason career.

In his second season with the Giants, Brad Wing punted 93 times for a 40.9-yard net average that was a single-season Giants record. He broke the former mark of 40.2 yards, set by Jeff Feagles in 2008.
The Giants’ net punting average of 40.9 yards was their highest since it became an official statistic in 1976.
Wing was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Weeks 14 and 15 for his outstanding play in victories vs. Dallas and Detroit. He was the first Giants player to win back-to-back Special Teams Player of the Week awards since they were instituted in 1984.

In a 10-7 victory against the Cowboys, Wing tied his season high with nine punts and had a 43.2-yard gross average and a 42.9-yard net average, with a long punt of 57 yards. Five of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line. Dallas totaled 3 yards on 3 punt returns.

One week later, in a 17-6 victory vs. the Lions, Wing was honored again after he had a 41.0-yard net average on seven punts, including one that was partially blocked and travelled only 18 yards. With the Lions trying to mount a comeback in the second half, Wing booted three consecutive punts that forced them to take possession at their own three, four, and 19-yard lines. Detroit totaled just 11 punt return yards, and scored three points on seven possessions following Wing’s punts.

Dwayne Harris was selected to his first Pro Bowl after leading the Giants in kickoff and punt returns for the second straight season. He finished fifth in the NFL with a 24.2-yard average on 22 kickoff returns, and he averaged 5.9 yards on 29 punt returns.

Harris and long-snapper Zak DeOssie tied for the team lead with 7 special teams tackles.

The Giants blocked two field goal attempts in 2016. Pro Bowl cornerback Janoris Jenkins was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his game-turning play in a victory against New Orleans on Sept. 18, when Johnathan Hankins blocked a 38-yard try by New Orleans’ Wil Lutz. Jenkins picked up the ball and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. Jason Pierre-Paul blocked Caleb Sturgis’ 40-yard field goal attempt with 1:07 remaining in the second quarter vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 6.

Stukes was the Chicago Bears’ assistant special teams coach in 2013-14. Chicago finished the 2014 season ranked first in the NFL in kickoff coverage, allowing an average of only 17.5 yards on 35 returns.

Stukes spent the 2012 season with the Dallas Cowboys as a coach in their minority internship
Program. Prior to that, he served on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coaching staff for six seasons (2006-11), the last as the Buccaneers special teams coordinator.

During the 2011 season, Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth ranked third in the NFL with a then career high 92.9 success rate (26 of 28) on field goals. The Buccaneers punt coverage unit was eighth in the NFL allowing just 7.4 yards per return, and the kickoff coverage unit was ninth allowing 22.8 yards per return.

In 2009 and 2010, Stukes was Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive backs coach after serving as special teams quality control coach in 2008. He joined the team as a coaching assistant in 2006, a position he held for two years. He was also the assistant defensive backs coach for NFL Europe’s
Berlin Thunder in 2006.

Stukes spent parts of four seasons in the NFL from 2000-03 as a member of the Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers. He also spent time with the Thunder (2001-02), and the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush (2004).

Stukes played collegiate football at the University of Virginia and was awarded UVA’s Gretchen Savin MacIkwaine Football Scholarship, given for outstanding academic achievement.

Stukes is married to wife, Lori, and has three children: daughters Jade and Skylar, and a son, Myka.

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