DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke long snapper Thomas Hennessy has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts to join the NFL organization as an undrafted free agent.
A product of Bardonia, N.Y., Hennessy started all 52 career games and made four tackles on special teams. He was on the field for 545 career snaps. During Hennessy’s four seasons, he helped Duke convert 61-of-80 (.763) field goal attempts and 187-of-188 (.995) PAT tries as the Blue Devils averaged 30.19 points per game.
Hennessy’s work with the punting unit helped it rank among the ACC’s leaders in net punting in three of his four seasons (4th in both 2013 & 2014; 6th in 2015) while Duke yielded the league’s fewest punt return yards in two seasons (33 in 2014 & 42 in 2015).
During his final season in Durham, Hennessy guided a kick placement unit that featured freshman kicker AJ Reed, who converted 37-of-38 (.974) PAT tries. Reed tied for sixth in school history in PATs made in a year and had the second most by a Duke rookie. Hennessy was the linchpin for Reed’s season that ended with 46 points, the fourth most by a Duke rookie.
As a junior, Hennessy started all 13 games as the long snapper on both punts and placement kicks.