2017: Tilbey, who has a background in Australian Rules Football, returns as USC’s punter as a junior in 2017 after an effective debut campaign in 2016.
2016: Tilbey was USC’s punter as a sophomore in 2016. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games, he averaged 38.3 yards on 50 punts. Of his 50 punts in 2016, 18 pinned opponents within the 20-yard line, 20 were fair caught and just 8 were returned (for 50 yards).
Against Alabama, he averaged 40.3 yards on 10 punts, including a 52-yarder, and had 4 pin the Crimson Tide within the 20. Against Utah State, he averaged 41.5 yards on 2 punts. At Stanford, he averaged 36.8 yards on his 5 punts (none were returned and 2 pinned the Cardinal within the 20). At Utah, his only punt pinned the Utes within the 20. Against Arizona State, he averaged 36.3 yards on his 3 punts (1 pinned ASU within the 20). Against Colorado, he averaged 39.3 yards on his 3 punts, with a pair pinning the Buffaloes within the 20 and the other fair caught. At Arizona, he haveraged 36.2 yards on his 4 punts (with 1 pinning the Wildcats within the 20). Against Califorrnia, he averaged 37.5 yards on his 2 punts (with 1 pinning the Golden Bears within the 20). Against Oregon, he averaged 39.8 yards on his 4 punts (with 1 pinning the Ducks within the 20). At Washington, he averaged 31.8 yards on his 4 punts (with 1 pinning the Huskies within the 20). At UCLA, he averaged 38.0 on his 2 punts (both pinned the Bruins within the 20). Against Notre Dame, he averaged 38.5 yards on his 6 punts (2 pinned the Irish within the 20). Against Penn State, he averaged 44.2 yards on his 4 punts, including a 54-yarder.
2015: Tilbey redshirted as a sophomore punter in 2015 after transferring to USC in the fall of 2015 from a junior college. He was awarded a scholarship by virtue of an NCAA rule known as “blueshirting” (it allows a non-recruited student-athlete to receive athletic financial aid after beginning practice and have that student-athlete count towards the next year’s signing class if the school has reached its NCAA-maximum aid limit for the current year).
JUNIOR COLLEGE: He was a punter and tight end as a 2014 freshman at San Francisco (Calif.) City College. He averaged 39.4 yards on 54 punts in 2014, with 19 pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line, 9 being fair caught and 3 touchbacks.
HIGH SCHOOL: He attended Sandringham School, located in a coastal town near Melbourne, Australia. He played Australian Rules Football in 2011 and 2012 for the Beaumaris Football Club, as well as cricket for the Beaumaris Cricket Club. He also played basketball. He spent 2013 training to punt with ProKick Australia.
PERSONAL: He is an economics major at USC. He is the first Trojan football letterman from Australia.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH CHRIS TILBEY