After Breaking Autzen Stadium Records, Kupp is Honored by the Big Sky Conference

After Breaking Autzen Stadium Records, Kupp is Honored by the Big Sky Conference

Junior Wide Receiver earns his first ROOT Sports Player of the Week honor after finishing with 15 catches for 246 yards and three touchdowns in 61-42 loss to Oregon

If there's a better receiver at any level of college football, Cooper Kupp's coach would like to see him.

The sensational Eastern Washington University junior wide receiver has been named by the Big Sky Conference as this week's ROOT Sports co-Offensive Player of the Week after finishing with career highs of 15 catches for 246 yards – both Autzen Stadium records – in a 61-42 loss to Oregon on Sept. 5. He shared the offensive award with Northern Arizona receiver Emmanuel Butler.

With three touchdown receptions against the Ducks, Kupp now has 40 touchdown catches in his career, moving him from 19th to 12th in FCS history.

“I’d be shocked if you could show me a better receiver at any level in the country," said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin of the two-time consensus NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-American "Usually I don’t talk like that, but that’s how I feel right now and think that we have. We are very fortunate to have him as a leader and player on this football team.”

Kupp's 40 touchdowns ranks second all-time in school and Big Sky Conference history behind the records of 46 held by former Eagle Eric Kimble (2002-05). Kupp also went over the 200-catch mark in his career against Oregon, and now has 212 to rank sixth in school history. His 3,368 yards is third.

When all is said and done, Kupp should own plenty of more records to go along with the six FCS records, four EWU marks and the Big Sky record he already holds. But Baldwin knows there is way more to Kupp -- who was also an Academic All-American in 2014 -- than the numbers.

"It’s just a will and an amazing mindset that he has," said the veteran of 21 years as a collegiate coach. "He is talented – he is talented in every aspect of what it is to be a wide receiver. People want to knock him for his speed, but he still runs behind people over and over again. He took a bubble screen 73 yards against Oregon and a Pac-12 team with a lot of speed. So Cooper is plenty fast.

"The thing that takes him over the top in comparing him to other receivers in the country is his will. You marvel when you see him out there doing what he is doing. Somebody asked him how he breaks so many tackles, and it’s very simple to him, ‘I don’t like to be tackled so I refuse to be tackled.’ That’s a mindset. It’s kind of like the mental toughness you need to be tired and still play through it. The guys who can do that have grit, and Cooper has another type of grit. When the ball is in the air, ‘it’s mine. Period.’ That’s the way he thinks. Eventually  he gets tackled, but there are times three or four players hit him and  he’s still standing when they knock him out of bounds. But he still hasn’t gone to the ground.

"We’re blessed to have him because not only is he an incredible football receiver, but he’s an incredible football player," added Baldwin. "He’s a punt returner, he’s blocking in the run game, he holds on kicks and he’s leading. He leads not only by his words, but by his actions and what he is doing on the field.”

 

Cooper Kupp Notes

* Kupp now has 40 touchdown catches in his career, ranking 12th in FCS history and second all-time in school and Big Sky Conference history behind the records of 46 held by Eric Kimble (2002-05). He is just one touchdown catch from tying Northern Iowa’s Dedric Ward (1993-96) with 41, and three behind the 43 of Southern Utah’s Tysson Poots (2007-10). The FCS record is 58 set by New Hampshire’s David Ball (2003-06).

* Kupp now has 212 career catches, and is one from moving into fifth in school history (Tony Davis, 213, 2006-09). Kupp has 3,368 yards to already move into third in school history, 363 yards from second (Brandon Kaufman, 3,731, 2009-12). Kimble owns the Big Sky record for career TD catches and is sixth all-time in FCS history. Kimble also holds EWU career records for receptions (253, second all-time in Big Sky history and 17th in FCS history) and yards (4,140, Big Sky record and ninth in FCS history).

* Kupp now has 16 performances of at least 100 receiving yards in his career, and had career highs for catches (15) and yards (246) against Oregon on Sept. 5, 2015. Both of those marks against the Ducks were the second-best in school history, ranking behind the records of 17 receptions (Aaron Boyce versus Montana on 10/6/07) and 264 yards (Jason Anderson versus Montana on 9/17/94).

* Already with six FCS records, four school marks and a Big Sky record, Kupp has averaged a TD reception for every 5.3 catches so far in his career. He has scored at least once in 25 of 29 games he has played, with 16 performances of at least eight catches and 16 with at least 100 receiving yards. Kupp has started all 29 games he has played in his EWU career, giving him the second-most starts on the team.

* With a career average of 15.9 yards per catch (212-3,368), Kupp has had 19 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. He had the longest reception of his career versus Oregon on Sept. 5, 2015, a non-scoring 73-yarder.

* Kupp set EWU’s single season school record for receptions with 104 in 2014, breaking the record of 96 previously set by his wide receivers coach, Nicholas Edwards in 2011. As a result, Kupp became the 19th player in FCS history to hit the century mark in a single season. His mark ranked second in league history behind the 112 of Idaho State’s Rodrick Rumble, also in 2011, and is the 12th-best mark all-time in FCS. He finished the year with 1,431 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. He closed the year with 10 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns versus Illinois State in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs on Dec. 13. One game earlier in the second round of the playoffs, he had a career-best 12 catches versus Montana on Dec. 6 to rank as the eighth-most in school history.

* As a freshman, Kupp set the school and Big Sky records with 21 touchdown receptions. All six of his FCS records came as a freshman when he finished with 93 catches for 1,691 yards. Kupp had at least one score in the first 14 games of his career to set a FCS record, but had the streak stopped in a 2013 loss in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs.

 

Cooper Kupp Superlatives

COOPER KUPP Records Broken (6 FCS, 1 Big Sky, 5 EWU)
FCS – *Consecutive Games With a TD Reception – 14 (2013)
FCS – *Games in a Single Season With a TD Reception – 14 (2013)
FCS – *Season Combined Receiving Yards by Two Players – 2,924 (2013; Kupp with 1,691 and Ashton Clark with 1,233)
FCS – Season Receptions by a Freshman – 93 (2013)
FCS – Season Reception Yards by a Freshman – 1,691 (2013)
FCS – Season Reception Touchdowns by a Freshman – 93 (2013)
Big Sky – *Season Reception Touchdowns – 21 (2013) – 4th in FCS history
EWU – Season Receptions – 104 (2014) – 2nd in BSC history, 11th in FCS
*Also EWU Records.

COOPER KUPP Top Receiving Performances (16 with 100+)
15 catches (#2 in EWU history), 246 yards (#2), 3 TD – Oregon – 9/5/15
8 catches, 205 yards (#7 in EWU history), 2 TD – Idaho State – 11/2/13
10 catches, 185 yards (#19), 2 TD – Illinois State – 12/13/14
11 catches (#13), 182 yards (#21), 2 TD –  Montana – 10/26/13
11 catches (#13), 168 yards (#32), 1 TD – Southern Utah – 10/19/13
9 catches, 152 yards (#50), 2 TD – Montana State – 9/20/14
9 catches, 147 yards, 1 TD – Portland State – 11/21/14
9 catches, 147 yards, 2 TD – Portland State – 11/23/13
7 catches, 145 yards, 3 TD – Washington – 9/6/14
8 catches, 139 yards, 2 TD – Cal Poly – 11/16/13
8 catches, 134 yards, 1 TD – Montana – 11/8/14
8 catches, 132 yards 3 TD ­– Idaho State – 10/4/14
8 catches, 124 yards, 0 TD – Towson – 12/21/13
5 catches, 119 yards, 2 TD – Oregon State
9 catches, 111 yards, 1 TD – North Dakota – 11/1/14
8 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD – Montana State – 11/9/13
-- Also had 12 catches (#9 in EWU history) vs. Montana on 12/6/14

Cooper Kupp Long Plays of 40+ Yards (21)
73 yard reception (from Jordan West) – Oregon – 9/5/15
67 yard punt return - Montana - 11/8/14
63 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Western Oregon – 9/7/13
61 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – UC Davis – 9/27/14
61 yard punt return – Northern Arizona – 10/25/14
59 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Sam Houston St. – 9/28/13
54 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Idaho State – 11/2/13
52 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Southern Utah – 10/19/13
50 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Weber State – 10/5/13
49 yard reception (from Vernon Adams) – Montana State – 9/20/14
48 yard reception (from Vernon Adams) – Oregon State – 8/31/13
46 yard reception (from Vernon Adams) – Portland State – 11/21/14
45 yard reception (from Vernon Adams) – Idaho State – 11/2/13
43 yard reception (from Vernon Adams) – Jacksonville State – 12/14/13
43 yard reception (from Vernon Adams) – Southern Utah – 10/19/13
42 yard reception (from Vernon Adams) – Illinois State – 12/13/14
41 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams)  – Washington – 9/6/14
41 yard reception (from Jordan West)– North Dakota – 11/1/14
41 yard reception (from Vernon Adams) – Montana – 10/26/13
40 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Portland St. – 11/21/14
40 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – South Dakota St. – 12/7/13

 

Cooper Kupp Records Watch

NCAA FCS Touchdown Receptions
 1. - 58 - David Ball - New Hamp. - 2003-06 (50 games)
 2. - 52 - Terrell Hudgins - Elon - 2006-09 (45)
 3. - 50 - Jerry Rice - Mississippi Valley - 1981-84 (41)
 3. - 50 - John Matthews - San Diego - 2005-08 (45)
 3. - 50 - Ramses Barden - Cal Poly - 2005-08 (46)
 6. - 46 - Eric Kimble - Eastern Wash. - 2002-05 (46)
 7. - 44 - Rennie Benn - Lehigh - 1982-85 (41)
 7. - 44 - Jerome Simpson - Coastal Caro. - 2004-07 (45)
 7. - 44 - Aaron Mellette - Elon - 2009-12 (44)
10. - 43 - Tysson Poots - Southern Utah - 2007-10 (40)
11. - 41 - Dedric Ward - Northern Iowa - 1993-96 (43)
12. - 40 - Cooper Kupp  - 2013-pres. (29)
12.  - 40 - Rob Giancola - Valparaiso - 2001-04 (53)
Kupp is the only player in the top 26 in FCS history with less than 36 games played (Kupp has played in 29)

EWU Career Pass Receptions
 1. - 253 - Eric Kimble (#2 BSC/#17FCS) - 2002-05
 2. - 222 - Aaron Boyce (#7 BSC) - 2006-09
 3. - 221 - Brandon Kaufman (#8 BSC) - 2009-12
 4. - 215 - Nicholas Edwards (#10 BSC) - 2009-12
 5. - 213 - Tony Davis - 2006-09
 6. - 212 - Cooper Kupp - 2013-present

EWU Career Pass Reception Yards
 1. - 4140 - Eric Kimble (#1 BSC/#9 FCS) - 2002-05
 2. - 3731 - Brandon Kaufman (#24 FCS) - 2009-12
 3. - 3368 - Cooper Kupp - 2013-present
 4. - 3330 - Aaron Boyce - 2006-09
 5. - 3013 - Tony Brooks - 1990-93

EWU Career Touchdown Receptions
 1. - 46 - Eric Kimble (#1 BSC/#6 FCS) - 2002-05
 2. - 40 - Cooper Kupp (#2 BSC/#12 FCS) - 2013-pres.

EWU Career Touchdowns Scored
 1. - 54 - Eric Kimble - 2002-05
 2. - 53 - Jesse Chatman - 1999-01
 3. - 41 - Cooper Kupp - 2013-present
 4. - 37 - Taiwan Jones - 2008-10



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Career Leaders

NCAA FCS Touchdown Receptions
 1.    58    David Ball - New Hamp.    2003-06 (50 games)
 2.    52    Terrell Hudgins - Elon    2006-09 (45)
 3.    50    Jerry Rice - Mississippi Valley    1981-84 (41)
    50    John Matthews - San Diego    2005-08 (45)
    50    Ramses Barden - Cal Poly    2005-08 (46)
 6.    46    Eric Kimble - Eastern Wash.    2002-05 (46)
 7.    44    Rennie Benn - Lehigh    1982-85 (41)
    44    Jerome Simpson - Coastal Caro.    2004-07 (45)
    44    Aaron Mellette - Elon    2009-12 (44)
10.    43    Tysson Poots - Southern Utah    2007-10 (40)
11.    41    Dedric Ward - Northern Iowa    1993-96 (43)
12.    40    Cooper Kupp     2013-pres. (29)
    40    Rob Giancola - Valparaiso    2001-04 (53)
Kupp is the only player in the top 26 in FCS history with less than 36 games played (Kupp has played in 29)

Pass Receptions
 1.    253    Eric Kimble (#2 BSC/#17FCS)    2002-05
 2.    222    Aaron Boyce (#7 BSC)    2006-09
 3.    221    Brandon Kaufman (#8 BSC)    2009-12
 4.    215    Nicholas Edwards (#10 BSC)    2009-12
 5.    213    Tony Davis    2006-09
 6.    212    Cooper Kupp    2013-present

Pass Reception Yards
 1.    4140    Eric Kimble (#1 BSC/#9 FCS)    2002-05
 2.    3731    Brandon Kaufman (#24 FCS)    2009-12
 3.    3368    Cooper Kupp    2013-present
 4.    3330    Aaron Boyce    2006-09
 5.    3013    Tony Brooks    1990-93

Touchdown Receptions
 1.    46    Eric Kimble (#1 BSC/#6 FCS)    2002-05
 2.    40    Cooper Kupp (#2 BSC/#12 FCS)    2013-pres.

Touchdowns Scored
 1.    54    Eric Kimble    2002-05
 2.    53    Jesse Chatman    1999-01
 3.    41    Cooper Kupp    2013-present
 4.    37    Taiwan Jones    2008-10

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