10 - Cooper Kupp
Cooper Kupp
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Year: So.
Hometown: Yakima, Wash.
High School: Davis HS '12
Position: WR
Experience: 1L*

*** Payton Award Candidate (Rice Award Winner in ’13) ***
*** Honors Candidate ***
*** Academic Honors Candidate ***

Career: Already with six FCS records, four school marks and a Big Sky record, Kupp has averaged a TD reception for every 4.4 catches so far in his young career. With an average of 18.2 yards per catch (93-1691), he has had 11 receptions of 40 yards or more, including six for scores. His 21 TD catches are already seventh on EWU’s career leaders list, and he is just 44 receptions and 370 yards from earning his way onto those lists as well. He spent part of the summer in 2013 working at the Manning Passing Academy as a college counselor/coach. While in high school he previously attended the camp, which is run by Archie Manning, the father of NFL quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning. Archie is a former New Orleans Saints teammate of Cooper’s grandfather, Jake Kupp.

2014: Listed as a starter at wide receiver on the preseason depth chart, and could return punts. He is on the Watch List for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented by The Sports Network to the top player in FCS. He is one of 38 wide receivers in FCS on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List. Was given preseason All-America honors from The Sports Network as the only sophomore on the first team. The Sporting News College Football Yearbook selected him to its preseason FCS All-America team and picked the Eagles No. 1 in the nation. He and the Eagles earned the same honors from preseason magazines published by Lindy’s and Athlon. He was one six Eagles selected to the preseason All-Big Sky Conference team as selected by a panel of the league’s media representatives. In addition, Beyond Sports Network selected him to its preseason All-Big Sky Conference team.

2013: Was a runaway winner of the Jerry Rice Award, presented by The Sports Network to the top freshman in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. Four other media organizations also selected him as their Freshman of the Year (College Sporting News, College Sports Journal, College Sports Madness and Phil Steele Publications). He also won the FCS Wide Receiver Award presented by the College Football Performance Awards. He was a first team All-America selection on nine different teams and was a first team Freshman All-America pick on two squads. As a member of The Sports Network All-America team, he became one of only five freshmen in FCS to earn first team honors since 1990 and the second wide receiver (Randy Moss 1996). Kupp was also a first team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association (the only freshman or sophomore on the squad), College Sporting News (“Fabulous 50”), the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, College Sports Journal, Beyond Sports Network, College Sports Madness and Phil Steele Publications. He was a member of Freshman All-America teams selected by College Sports Journal and Phil Steele Publications. In addition, he was the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year and one of two unanimous first team All-BSC selections (the other was teammate Vernon Adams as both received first-team votes on all 12 ballots as selected by the league’s head coaches). Kupp set a total of six FCS records in his debut season, as well as four school marks and a Big Sky record. The redshirt freshman broke the FCS all-time record for receptions, yards and touchdowns by a freshman with totals of 93 catches, 1,691 yards and 21 TDs (previously held by Randy Moss). He broke the all-time FCS record with a TD catch in 14 consecutive games. He caught two TD passes in seven games and one in the other seven games of the first 14 games of his collegiate career. The previous record was 11, and one of the former record holders was Randy Moss. He combined with second team All-Big Sky wide receiver Ashton Clark for the FCS record for combined receiving yards by two players with a total of 2,924 (Kupp 1,691 and Clark 1,233). His yardage is fourth overall in FCS history and his TD catches are also fourth. The Big Sky record he broke was the 45-year-old record of 20 TD catches set by Ed Bell from Idaho State in 1969. He was fifth in FCS and tops among freshmen in receiving yards per game (112.7), first in total receiving yards and 25th in receptions per game (6.2). Kupp had eight 100-yard receiving games, including a 205-yard game against Idaho State (11/2/13). He also caught eight or more passes seven times, with 11 against both Montana (10/26/13) and Southern Utah (10/19/13). He twice earned Sports Network FCS Freshman of the Week honors after wins over Montana (10/26/13) with 11 receptions, 182 yards and two TD, and Cal Poly (11/16/13) with eight catches for 139 yards and two more scores. Four times during the season he earned team offensive player of the week honors. Started all 15 games as a wide receiver in his Eagle debut season. In a sign of things to come, Kupp caught eight passes for 119 yards and had touchdown catches of 27 and 26 yards in EWU’s Red-White Spring Game. In a total of three spring scrimmages, he caught 11 passes for 150 yards and a pair of TDs.

2012: Redshirted. Was selected as Eastern’s Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year. Was selected as the team’s offensive scout team player of the week once, and twice for special teams.

HS: Graduated from Davis HS in 2012. A two-way All-State selection, he earned first team 4A All-State honors as a defensive back and honorable mention accolades as a wide receiver from Associated Press as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. Named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip” selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Also selected among “others to watch” on Ron Siegel’s pre-season All-State team (seniors only). Was a unanimous first team All-Columbia Basin Big Nine League wide receiver and defensive back at Davis. He finished his senior season with 60 receptions for 1,059 yards (17.7 per catch) and 18 touchdowns, and scored 22 total touchdowns to set a school record. He also had 11 rushes for 122 yards and two touchdowns as he helped Davis come one game away from a berth in the State 4A Playoffs. Davis finished 6-4 for the second straight year, giving the program back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1968-69. Kupp’s career came to an end in a 68-22 playoff loss to Mead, as Kupp finished with six catches for 87 yards. But he also filled in at quarterback because of an injury to Davis’ starter, and was 5-of-10 for 76 yards. A three-year starter, Kupp had 31 catches for 811 yards (26.2 per catch) and seven touchdowns as a junior to earn first team All-CBBN honors. With 19 catches for 230 yards as a sophomore, he finished his career with 110 catches for 2,100 yards. Also a three-year letter winner in basketball, the Pirates finished 23-2 and won the State 4A Tournament championship with a 48-42 title game victory over Central Valley. Kupp scored seven points and had five rebounds in that game, and four points, three rebounds and a pair of steals in a come-from-behind 52-46 win over Bellarmine Prep in the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, a 79-45 romp over Bothell, Kupp scored 19 points with four rebounds and five assists. The Pirates held their opponents to less than 50 points in all six of their postseason games. Kupp was a 4.0 honors student at Davis.

Personal: Economics major with a 3.48 grade point average. Born 6/15/93 in Yakima, Wash. His parents are Craig and Karin Kupp, who were both inducted into the Pacific Lutheran University Hall of Fame in 2003. Karin (formerly Karin Gilmer) was a soccer player and Craig played football. Craig, who graduated from Selah (Wash.) High School, was a fifth-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 1990 and played in 1991 for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys. Cooper’s great-uncle, Jeff Kupp, lettered as an offensive lineman at Eastern from 1982-84 during EWU’s transition from NAIA to the FCS (then known as I-AA). Cooper’s grandfather, Jake Kupp, was an offensive lineman for the University of Washington and was drafted in the ninth round of the 1964 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played from 1964-75 as a guard with Dallas, the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. Named to the NFL All-Rookie team, he later was a five-time captain for the Saints. He was named to the franchise’s 25-year All-Time Team and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1991, the same year that Craig played in the NFL. And Karin’s father, Tom Gilmer, is also a member of the PLU Hall of Fame as a Lute quarterback and record-setting punter in the late 1950’s. He is also in the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame after also serving as the long-time football coach for Washington High School in Tacoma. Cooper’s parents went to Philadelphia, Pa., on Dec. 16, 2013, to accept the Jerry Rice Award on behalf of Cooper while the team prepared for its semifinal matchup in the FCS Playoffs against Towson.



















Top Receiving Performances (8 with 100+)
8 catches, 205 yards, 2 TD – Idaho State – 11/2/13
11 catches, 182 yards, 2 TD –  Montana – 10/26/13
11 catches, 168 yards, 1 TD – Southern Utah – 10/19/13
9 catches, 147 yards, 2 TD – Portland State – 11/23/13
8 catches, 139 yards, 2 TD – Cal Poly – 11/16/13
8 catches, 124 yards, 0 TD – Towson – 12/21/13
5 catches, 119 yards, 2 TD – Oregon State
8 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD – Montana State – 11/9/13

Long Receptions of 40+ Yards (total of 11)
63 yards (TD)– Western Oregon – 9/7/13
59 yards (TD) – Sam Houston State – 9/28/13
54 yards (TD) – Idaho State – 11/2/13
52 yards (TD) – Southern Utah – 10/19/13
50 yards (TD) – Weber State – 10/5/13
48 yards – Oregon State – 8/31/13
45 yards – Idaho State – 11/2/13
43 yards – Jacksonville State – 12/14/13
43 yards – Southern Utah – 10/19/13
41 yards – Montana – 10/26/13
40 yards (TD) – South Dakota State – 12/7/13



Winner of Jerry Rice Award Given to Top Freshman in FCS
FCS Wide Receiver Award (College Football Performance Awards)
Freshman of the Year on “Fabulous 50” (College Sporting News)
Freshman of the Year (College Sports Journal)
Freshman of the Year (College Sports Madness)
Freshman of the Year (Phil Steele Publications)
First Team All-America (American Football Coaches Association)
First Team All-America (The Sports Network)
First Team All-America (Associated Press)
First Team All-America (College Sporting News “Fabulous 50”)
First Team All-America (College Sports Journal)
First Team All-America (Walter Camp Football Foundation)
First Team All-America (College Sports Madness)
First Team All-America (Beyond Sports Network)
First Team All-America (Phil Steele Publications)
First Team Freshman All-America (College Sports Journal)
First Team Freshman All-America (Phil Steele Publications)
Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year
First Team All-Big Sky Conference (unanimous, first-team vote on all 12 ballots)
EWU Athletics Scholar-Athlete for Month of December

– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week
(vs. Cal Poly 11/16/13 - 8 receptions, 139 yards, 2TD; Set two FCS receiving records)

– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week
 (vs. Idaho State 11/2/13 - 8 receptions, 205 yards (8th all-time at EWU), 2 TD)

– Sports Network FCS Co-Freshman of the Week
– College FB Performance Awards FCS WR Performer Of The Week
– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week
(vs. Montana 10/26/13 - 11 receptions (12th all-time at EWU), 182 yards (18th), 2TD)

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