Gano was born in Arbroath, Scotland but spent his childhood in Cantonment, Florida, which is located close to Pensacola, Florida. He went to J. M. Tate High School, well known as the home of the Mighty Mighty Aggies, where he excelled in both football and track and field.
He was listed as the third-best high school kicker in the country by Rivals.com and was named to USA Today’s All-American First Team. Gano kicked a field goal from 50 yards out during the California vs. Florida All-Star game.
Three of Gano’s field goals during his senior year were longer than 55 yards (57, 64, and 65), and a 71-yard attempt was blocked due to a penalty. As a senior, he had a total of 36 touchbacks out of a total of 38 kickoffs, and his average punting distance was greater than 42 yards.
Where Did Graham Gano Play College Football?
Graham Gano’s college career was spent at Florida State University where he played for the Florida State Seminoles from 2005 to 2008.
Gano won the Lou Groza Award as the best kicker in the country during his senior year (2008), finishing first in the FBS for field goals made, percentage of field goals converted, and successful 50-yard field goals.
During the 2008 college football season, he was one of only two kickers who were successful in making more than 90 percent of his field goal attempts. He finished as the kicker with the most points scored in the United States and was fourth nationally in the FBS in points.