Mark Bounds is a former American football punter. He played at the collegiate level for Texas Tech, where he earned unanimous All-American honors in 1991.[1]


Bounds began his career at Division II West Texas State (now West Texas A&M University) where he earned All-American honors in 1990. He led Division II punters with a 46.3 yard average.[2] Bounds transferred to Texas Tech University in the following year following the cessation of West Texas State's football program.[1][3]

Following the 1991 season, Bounds led Division I (NCAA) in punting average with 48.6 yards per punt.[4][5] For his performance, Bounds was selected as a Unanimous All-American by the 5 organizations recognized for the purpose by the NCAA, one of only five Red Raiders to do so. His selection also marked him as one of only two players that had ever been named an AFCA All-American at two different schools.[3] He was also noted for his superstitions, such as wearing orange shoes with green shoelaces when punting.[5]

Following his college career, Bounds briefly signed with the Chicago Bears before being cut following an injury.[6]

Legal issuesEdit

In 2005, Bounds was charged and pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a scheme to overcharge Texas Tech for dietary supplements provided to Texas Tech athletes.[7] Bounds owned Muscle Tech, a nutritional supplement store in Lubbock, Texas. Bounds conspired with Aaron Shelley, Texas Tech's former director of sports nutrition. Bounds was sentenced to five years of probation, was fined $10,000, and was ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2010 NCAA Football Records - Award Winners". Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  2. DiGiovanna, Mike (September 7, 1991). "Deep in the Heart of Texas, Titans Are Hoping for the Best". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "AFCA Announces 2013 FBS Coaches' All-America Team" (Press release). American Football Coaches Association. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  4. "Mark Bounds". Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dykes, Spike (2004). Spike Dykes's Tales from the Texas Tech Sideline. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 1-58261-265-X.
  6. Hart, Bill (January 15, 2011). "Wrist injury leaves Estes on PGA Tour sidelines". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  7. "Tech punter pleads guilty in conspiracy case". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. July 29, 2005. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  8. "Tech's supplement scam nets third indictment". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. November 25, 2005. Retrieved 22 December 2013.

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