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Worcester T&G: Big Chance For Koepplin

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Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has a feature on former UMass kicker Chris Koepplin who is fighting for a spot with the New England Patriots. 

While he knows the chance of the Patriots carrying two kickers is slim, Koepplin says the experience is a great opportunity.

"I'm getting some film out there," Koepplin said today while standing in front of his metal locker, a temporary one that will soon be taken away and placed in storage until next year. "I'm doing whatever they're asking of me -- right now, it's kicking off -- and it's just been a great learning experience."
Chris Koepplin again handled the kick-off duties for the New England Patriots as the Pats won their second preseason game last night at Tampa Bay.

Koepplin gets a shot  Rookie Chris Koepplin, a UMass product, handled the kickoffs for New England. His first, to open the game, went nine yards deep in the end zone. His second sailed over the end zone. Koepplin has had some struggles with field-goal kicking in camp as he has gotten a lot of work with Stephen Gostkowski slowly being worked back from injury, but has shown a powerful leg throughout.  

Koepplin's first three kicks were touchbacks before the Bucs were able to return the fourth when it went only two yards deep in the end zone.

Koepplin Report From Patriots Camp

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New England Patriots Day One 7/28/11

Former UMass kicker Chris Koepplin (2) continues to handle most of the kicking duties at New England Patriots training camp as Pro Bowler Stephen Gostkowski recovers from a torn quadriceps that ended his 2010 campaign.


The Boston Globe, The Kings Park Patch, and WEEI.com all report on Koepplin at training camp.
Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican touches on a variety of UMass football topics in today's edition. He covers John Griffin catching his coach's eye at Bengals training camp, James Ihedigbo reported nearing a deal with the Jets, Chris Koepplin at Patriots camp, and tickets going on sale for the Colonial Clash on Oct. 22 at Gillette Stadium.
Photo: Patriots kick-start former UMass player's career
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette as a nice feature today on former UMass kicker Chris Koepplin and his efforts at Patriots training camp to make the roster. It also points out that Koepplin's path to the NFL was not he traditional route, as his final season at UMass was 2007 and, after playing two seasons in the Arena 2 league, did not kick professionally last season.

Koepplin says of when he got the news the Patriots wanted him, "I was in my car. It was a surprise, a happy surprise," said Koepplin, who immediately called his parents and tweeted "Today Was A Good Day... #understatement."

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Former UMass kicker Chris Koepplin continued to handle most of the kicking duties at New England Patriots training camp over the weekend as Pro Bowler Stephen Gostkowski is out with an injury. Reports from camp on Sunday said Koepplin had a couple struggles early, but redeemed himself with a strong showing late. Check out coverage below.

  • ESPN Boston Sunday: Patriots Practice 7 Observations
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  • PatsFans.com: Sunday News And Notes
  • Patriots.com: Sunday afternoon practice notes
  • Koepplin Handling Kickoffs At Pats Practice

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    At New England Patriots practice yesterday, newly signed former Minuteman Chris Koepplin was handling all of the kickoff duties. Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski was held out of practice while recovering from a thigh injury. MassLive.com and the Boston Herald has coverage.

    Former Kicker Koepplin Signed By Patriots

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    Former UMass kicker Chris Koepplin (2006-07) was signed as a free agent by the New England Patriots on Wednesday. He is the third former Minuteman to be signed since the free agent signing period opened this week, joining undrafted free agents Greg Niland (Cardinals) and John Griffin (Bengals).

    Koepplin, who transferred to UMass after two years at Nassau Community College, was a Honorable Mention All-American in both 2006 and 2007 with the Minutemen, while also earning All-Conference honors both years. He holds the UMass record for PAT percentage (98.0) on 99-of-101 and ranks second in field goal percentage (71.0) on 27-of-38.

    Koepplin's most memorable field goal was the 43-yarder he hit at No. 2 Montana on Dec. 8, 2006 in the NCAA Semifinals which proved to be the game-winner and send the Minutemen on to the Championship game for the first time since 1998.

    Koepplin played two seasons of arena football for the Manchester Wolves in 2008-09.


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