1 - Brandon Kaufman
Brandon Kaufman
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
High School: Heritage HS '09
Position: WR
Experience: 2L

* Honors Candidate *

* Academic Honors Candidate *

Career:  Has started 19 career games, the fourth-most on the Eagle offense. His 16 touchdown receptions are just two from earning a spot on Eastern’s top 10 career list.

2011: Listed as a starter at wide receiver on preseason depth chart. Joins teammate Bo Levi Mitchell on the Walter Payton Award “Watch List” as a candidate for the award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision by The Sports Network. Selected to the 28-member Athlon College Football Preview preseason All-America team and was also a first-team preseason All-American by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview. The Sports Network selected him as one of the top 10 returning wide receivers in FCS in 2011, and he earned a similar honor from College Football Performance Awards as one of the top 38 receivers back. Was limited in spring drills because of surgery following a shoulder injury suffered in the 2010 season.

2010: Just a sophomore, Kaufman received All-America accolades on the College Sporting News “Sweet 63” All-America Team and on the Phil Steele Publications All-America fourth team, as well as earning first-team All-Big Sky Conference accolades. Was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the second-straight season. He was selected as the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs MVP by College Sporting News, thanks in part to his nine catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-19 win over Delaware in the FCS championship game. Despite an early-season shoulder injury suffered against Montana (9/18/10), he started all 15 games for the Eagles. He proved to be Eastern’s go-to receiver, catching a team-leading 76 passes to rank as the fifth-most in school history. His catches were good for 1,214 yards (fifth in EWU history) and 15 touchdown receptions (second behind the school-record of 19 set by Eric Kimble in 2004). His TD total was the second-most in FCS as he caught a TD pass in 11 of 15 games in the 2010 season, including EWU’s last seven regular season games. His 90 points scored ranks 11th in school history and his 15 touchdowns overall is ninth. In addition, he had fourth-quarter game-winners against Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and Delaware, and had a game-tying catch with 3:08 left in EWU’s come-from-behind win over Northern Colorado. He finished his sophomore season ranked 25th in FCS in receiving yards per game (80.9), was 45th in receptions per game (5.1) and his 15 touchdown catches were the second-most in FCS. Junior Bo Levi Mitchell had a school-record 37 touchdown passes in the 2010 season and Kaufman caught 15 of those himself, but none were bigger than their 11-yard connection with 2:37 to play in the NCAA Division I Championship game in Frisco, Texas. The connection capped a 63-yard drive as EWU used three long drives in the final 16:48 to rally from a 19-0 deficit for a 20-19 victory. It was the sixth victory of the season for EWU when it trailed or was tied in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the title game and trailing 19-0, Eastern finally scored when Mitchell found Kaufman for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Before that five-play, 80-yard drive that took just 1:30 off the clock, the Blue Hens had a 337-98 advantage in offense. Kaufman equaled his career high by finishing with nine catches in the game, good for 120 yards, with six of his catches for 96 yards coming in EWU’s final three scoring drives. Against Villanova (12/17/10) in the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs at Roos Field, Mitchell hit Kaufman with a short pass down the sideline, and Kaufman exploded past the defense for a 76-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown. But he didn’t stop there, as Kaufman sped through the end zone and did a “Lambeau Leap” into a crowd of Eagle fans. The third-quarter score -- the 30th-longest pass play in school history -- gave Eastern a 10-point lead in the 41-31 victory, catapulting EWU into the FCS title game. Kaufman had a total of six 100-yard receiving performances in 2010, with those coming against Montana on Sept. 18 (five catches for 119 yards), Weber State on Oct. 2 (five catches for 138 yards), Northern Arizona on Oct. 9 (five catches for 117 yards), Southern Utah on Nov. 13 (nine catches for 129 yards), Villanova on Dec. 17 (eight catches for 135 yards) and Delaware on Jan. 7 (nine catches for 120 yards). He earned honorable-mention accolades nationally by the College Football Performance Awards for his performance versus NAU. Against Southern Utah (11/13/10), he caught a career-high nine passes for 129 yards with a long of 43, and had touchdown catches of 25 and 24 yards that were of the “how did he make that catch?” variety. His latter TD catch came with 3:39 left and provided the winning points in Eastern’s 31-24 victory. In the next game against Idaho State (11/20/10), he scored EWU’s first two touchdowns in the 34-7 victory with TD catches of 10 and 30 yards. Among his three catches at Portland State (10/30/10) was a 15-yard touchdown grab. He had just four catches for 34 yards against Sacramento State  (10/23/10), but he had a 17-yard touchdown to start the scoring and a game-winning 6-yard scoring grab with 33 seconds to go in the game. One game prior, he had a five-catch, 94-yard performance against Northern Colorado (10/16/10), which included a 4-yard touchdown pass with 3:08 left that knotted the score at 28. He is a 2009 graduate of Heritage High School in the Denver, Colo., area, just a short distance from the game played in Greeley. His family was at the game in force, reportedly purchasing 80 tickets for the game. He earned team offensive player of the week honors versus Central Washington (9/11/10) when he had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown, and again versus NAU and Southern Utah.  

2009: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. A true freshman, he saw action in nine games, including five as a starter, as he saw significant action when returning All-American Aaron Boyce suffered a season-ending Achilles injury against Montana (10/17/09). Kaufman made his starting debut on offense one week later against Montana State (10/24/09), and all but one of his 23 catches for the year came in EWU’s last six games. He finished with a season-high six catches for 70 yards and his first career touchdown on a 20-yard reception against Stephen F. Austin (11/28/09) in the FCS Playoffs. He had four catches for 64 yards one game earlier in EWU’s playoff-clinching victory over Northern Arizona (11/21/09).

HS: Graduated from Heritage HS in 2009. He missed his senior season with a knee injury suffered before the 2008 season even began. He earned honorable-mention All-State honors as a junior and twice was selected to the All-Continental League team. He caught a total of 97 passes for 1,918 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore and junior. Just six months after his injury, he returned to play basketball as a senior.

Personal: Born 10/26/90 in Denver, Colo. Will turn 21 three days before after Eastern plays Portland State. Sociology major.

Year GP   PC   Hi   Yds  Apr  Apg  TD   Lg
2009 9    23   6    294  12.8 2.6  1    34
2010 15   76   9    1214 16.0 5.1  15   76t
Totals     24   99   9    1508 15.2 4.1  16   76t

 Top Receiving Performances
9 receptions, 129 yards, 2 TD - Southern Utah - 11/13/10
9 receptions, 120 yards, 2 TD   - Delaware - 1/7/11
8 receptions, 135 yards, 1 TD  - Villanova - 12/17/10
6 receptions, 82 yards, 0 TD - Montana State - 9/25/10
6 receptions, 70 yards, 1 TD - Stephen F. Austin - 11/28/09
5 receptions, 138 yards, 0 TD  - Weber State -  10/2/10
5 receptions 119 yards, 1 TD - Montana - 9/18/10
5 receptions, 117 yards, 1 TD  - Northern Arizona - 10/9/10
5 receptions, 94 yards, 1 TD - Northern Colorado - 10/16/10
5 receptions, 61 yards, 2 TD - Idaho State - 11/20/10

 

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