14 - Ryan Donckers
Ryan Donckers
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Renton, Wash.
High School: Renton HS '02
Position: P
Experience: 2L*
2006: Listed as a starter at punter on preseason depth chart. His 39.0 average per career punt currently ranks fifth in school history. 2005: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Was the team's starting punter, but at times shared duties with Brett Bergstrom. Donckers had a 39.0 average in 2005 - identical to his sophomore season in 2004. Both averages rank 10th in school history. His long punt of 64 yards against Cal Poly (11/5/05) equaled the sixth-longest in school history. He averaged 45.3 yards on six punts in that game. 2004: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. He finished the season with a 39.0 average per punt which equaled the 10th-best performance in school history. He punted four times for a 43.8 average -- including a school-record 69-yarder -- in Eastern's 51-44 overtime win at Montana State (11/13/04). His first punt was good for 69 yards and was downed at the Montana State 11-yard line. It was the longest in 43 career punts for the first-year Eagle punter as it tied the school record set previously by Tom Zurfluh against Weber State on Sept. 27, 1997. He also had a 59-yarder (17th-longest in school history) versus Sacramento State (10/30/04). He was selected as team Special Teams Player of the Week once. He also won the Big Hit and Big Play awards once each. In the spring, he was one of nine Eagles given off-season strength and conditioning awards by strength and conditioning coach Darin Lovat. Donckers took the place of Jesse Nicassio, a second team All-Big Sky selection in 2003 after setting school records for single season (44.4) and career (42.3) punting average. 2003: Did not play. Punted twice for a 37.5 average and a long of 45 in the Red-White Spring Game. 2002: Redshirted. HS: Graduated from Renton HS in 2002. Selected by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 80 recruits in the state of Washington. He was selected to Ron Siegel's 2001 preseason senior All-State team as a punter. Earned second team All-Seamount League King Division honors as a tight end in both his junior and senior seasons, and was a first team all-league punter as a junior. He averaged 41.4 yards per punt as a senior with a long of 70, and as a junior, he averaged 38.4 yards with a long of 76. In soccer, he was a first team All-Seamount League goalkeeper as a junior, and honorable mention as a freshman. Personal: Born 11/7/83 in Seattle. Will turn 23 three days after Eastern plays Weber State. Communication studies major.
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