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Monday, April 7, 2014

Draft Preview: Kirby Van Der Kamp

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Iowa State's Kirby Van Der Kamp. He ranks in the top six in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from van De Kamp's profile page on the Cyclones' website:

2013 Senior Season
  • Second Team All-Big 12 by the Coaches
  • team co-captain
  • invited to the 2014 Senior Bowl
  • had 17 kicks of over 50 yards and had 27 punts downed inside the 20-yard line
  • averaged 47.5 ypp on 11 kicks vs. Texas Tech, including four 50-yarders
  • boomed a season-long 65-yarder vs. Oklahoma State
  • converted two 4th-down conversions on fake punt situations … threw a 25-yard pass vs. TCU and ran for 21 yards vs. West Virginia
  • ended career with a 42.4 ypp average, the second-best clip in ISU history and the 21st-best average in NCAA history (minimum 250 punts) … tallied 99 career punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 71 career 50-yarders … his 289 career punts is the most in Big 12 history … was successful on all of his fake punt 4th down conversions in his career: 7-for-7 (5 rushes, 2 passes).
2012 Junior Season
  • Ray Guy Award Semifinalist
  • All-Big 12 Second Team (Athlon Sports, Coaches)
  • put 29 punts inside the 20-yard line with only two touchbacks
  • had 10 punts of 50 yards or more
  • in season-opening win over Tulsa, averaged 43 yards on nine punts and dropped five punts inside 16-yard line
  • biggest game came against Texas Tech when he averaged 49.3 yards per punt with four longer than 50 yards.
2011 Sophomore Season
  • Honorable mention All-Big 12 from Coaches and The Associated Press
  • pinned 21 punts inside the opposition 20-yard line
  • had 15 punts of 50+ yards
  • punted five times at an average of 51.2 yards per kick with a long of 65 against Northern Iowa with three kicks over 50 yards and three inside the 20
  • ran on fake puts for first downs against Kansas and Kansas State.
2010 Freshman Season
  • named a first-team freshman All-American
  • boomed a career-best 74-yard punt at Texas
  • dropped 22 punts inside opponents’ 20-yard lines
  • had 19 kicks of 50 or more yards.
High School
  • Ranked 10th among Iowans according to Rivals.com
  • averaged 40.5 yards per punt on 27 attempts for the Tigers
  • also played wide receiver for Valley, collecting 18 catches for 236 yards and one touchdown
  • unanimous all-Iowa Conference and second-team 4A All-State according to the Iowa Newspaper Association
  • also lettered in soccer ... first team All-Iowa Conference goalie


College Stats:
2013: 84 punts, 41.6 yard average, long of 65 yards
2012: 77 punts, 41.0 yard average, long of 60 yards
2011: 68 punts, 42.7 yard average, long of 67 yards
2010: 60 punts, 45.2 yard average, long of 74 yards

Last month, Van Der Kamp discussed his Pro Day experience in preparation for the draft:
“I actually warmed up twice because it took so long. In the weight room, I just cheered the guys on. I didn’t see a point in benching or running and straining anything before I punted. When they started position work, I warmed up again to make sure my foot was loose....

It was pretty much the tundra. Not quite the Kansas game what we had, but it was pretty slick out there. I was happy with what I did in those conditions. At the beginning I was just trying to get my footing out there, and after that I started to hit some nice ones....

You don’t really know how much a team is looking at you, or how much they’re really looking at a punter. I just expect to be a free agent and just hope for the best to be drafted.”

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