Junior wide receiver is honored for second time in his career by the Walter Camp Football Foundation
Eastern Washington University wide receiver Cooper Kupp earned his fifth All-America award from the 2015 season, earning first team NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation Friday (Dec. 18).
A three-time All-American, Kupp has previously been honored as a first team selection on All-America teams announced by STATS, Associated Press, the FCS Athletic Director’s Association and College Sports Madness. He was also honored by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as a freshman in 2013.
Kupp’s spectacular 2015 season included 114 receptions, which broke the previous league record of 112 and ranks eighth all-time in FCS history. He is a 2012 graduate of Davis High School in Yakima, Wash.
In all, players from 10 different conferences and 23 institutions are represented on the 2015 Walter Camp FCS All-America team. The Big Sky Conference had the most selections with eight, while the Southern Conference had four, and Missouri Valley Conference three.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.
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.