Fresh off another appearance at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana, newly-married Eagle junior wide receiver is one of 22 players recognized by STATS
It's been quite a summer already for Cooper Kupp.
Further entrenching himself as one of the most well-known and electrifying players in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, the Eastern Washington University junior wide receiver is one of 22 players named Monday (July 13) to the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List.
A consensus All-American his first two seasons in the program, Kupp was married on June 20, and just spent the past week as a college counselor/coach for the third-straight season at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La. While in high school he also 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.
A 2012 graduate of Davis High School in Yakima, Wash., Cooper was married to the former Anna Croskrey on June 20, 2015. When they were pronounced man and wife, Anna grabbed an Eagle football helmet and put it on Cooper's head, then jumped on his back and he went running back up the aisle. Current Eagles Jordan West and Zach Wimberly were in the wedding, as well as Cooper's brother Ketner, who will play in Cheney this fall.
In addition, Kupp will be EWU's student-athlete representative at the Big Sky Conference Summer Kickoff in Park City, Utah, on July 19-21. The preseason All-Big Sky Conference team will be announced at the event on Monday (July 20) and the pre-season coaches and media polls will be released the following day.
Already with six FCS records, four school marks and a Big Sky record to his credit, Kupp has averaged a TD reception for every 5.3 catches so far in his career. He has scored at least once in 24 of 28 games he has played in his career, with 15 performances of at least eight catches and 15 with at least 100 receiving yards.
He already ranks sixth in school history with 197 career catches, and is 16 from moving into fifth (Tony Davis, 213, 2006-09). Kupp has 3,122 yards to already rank fourth in school history, 208 yards from third (Aaron Boyce, 3,330, 2006-09). His 37 touchdowns ranks second all-time in school history behind the record of 46 held by Eric Kimble (2002-05), who also holds EWU career records for receptions (253) and yards (4,140).
Kupp already ranks second in the Big Sky and is 19th all-time in FCS with his 37 TD catches (Kimble owns the Big Sky record and is sixth in FCS history).
Kupp has started all 28 games he has played in his EWU career, giving him the second-most starts on the team entering the 2015 season. With an average of 15.8 yards per catch (197-3122), he has had 18 receptions of 40 yards or more, including nine for scores. He also has two punt returns of at least 40 yards, one for a TD.
A year ago he set EWU's single season school record for receptions with 104 (previously held by his wide receivers coach, Nicholas Edwards), and as a freshman set the school and Big Sky records with 21 touchdown receptions. All of his FCS records came as a freshman when he finished with 93 catches for 1,691 yards.
Kupp's complete bio may be found at: http://www.goeags.com/sports/m-footbl/2015-16/bios/kupp_cooper_w94m