25-player American Football Coaches Association All-America team is headlined by the productive Eastern junior wide receiver
The coaches once again agree – for a third-straight year -- that Cooper Kupp is one of the best in the nation.
The American Football Coaches Association selected Eastern Washington University wide receiver Cooper Kupp to its 25-player NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America team for the third-straight season, the organization announced Monday (Dec. 21). It is Kupp’s sixth All-America honor thus far from the 2015 season.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. It’s the only All-America team at the FCS level chosen exclusively by coaches.
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, Walter Camp Football Foundation and College Sports Madness. The FCS ADA selected him as its recipient of FCS Wide Receiver of the Year.
A 2012 graduate of Davis High School in Yakima, Wash., Kupp’s spectacular 2015 season included 114 receptions. That broke the previous league record of 112 and ranks eighth all-time in FCS history.
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.