NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association picks junior as one of just 11 players honored on its All-America Team
The awards from the 2015 football season are piling up as fast as the records have for Eastern Washington University's Cooper Kupp.
Kupp was selected as the FCS Wide Receiver of the Year as a member of the 11-player All-America team announced Thursday (Dec. 17) by the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA).
His spectacular 2015 season included 114 receptions, which broke the previous league record of 112 and ranks eighth all-time in FCS history. A three-time first team All-America selection, he has already been selected to four different All-America teams in 2015 as a first team pick. He is a 2012 graduate of Davis High School in Yakima, Wash.
In their third year of existence, the FCS ADA awards recognizes the top student-athletes from FCS institutions at 11 different positions. The 2015 class includes student-athletes from 10 different institutions, representing six different conferences. Voting was conducted by a national panel, consisting of media and SIDs. The awards are selected in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices.
From the 11 players, a national Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year will be announced at a later date by the FCS ADA and recognized at the National Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 9, during an on-field presentation.
Kupp, who became only the second wide receiver in 42 years to win the Big Sky Conference Offensive MVP Award, is also one of three finalists to win the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award which will be announced on the eve of the FCS championship game. He announced on Nov. 30 he will indeed return for his senior season at EWU in lieu of pursuing professional opportunities a year early.
In 2015, Kupp led FCS in five categories – receptions, receptions per game (10.4), reception yards (1,642), reception yards per game (149.3) and touchdown receptions (19). The players closest to him in FCS were eight catches, 170 yards and four TDs behind him, and in the league the next-best player for catches was teammate Kendrick Bourne (73) and for yards it was NAU's Emmanuel Butler (1,208).
Through his junior season, Kupp has established eight Big Sky Conference records, as well as 17 school marks and seven NCAA Football Championships records. His 122.4 average reception yards per game is currently a FCS career record, while his other six FCS records were set during his freshman season. His average of 10.4 catches per game in 2015 was also a league record (sixth all-time in FCS), to go along with six career marks he set in just three seasons – all ending with first team All-Big Sky accolades.
Kupp even passed for a pair of touchdowns this season and had another via punt return, giving him 58 total touchdowns scored and 60 accounted for in his 39-game career (all as a starter). In just three years, he already ranks second in FCS history in touchdown catches (56, two behind the record), second in reception yards (4,764, 486 behind the record) and fourth in receptions (311, 84 behind the record). All three marks are Big Sky records, and he also established a new league record for average catches per game (7.97), which also ranks third in FCS history.