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42   Chris Koepplin
Chris Koepplin

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kings Park, N.Y.

High School:
St. Anthony's

Last College:
Nassau C.C.

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 210

Position:
K/P


HONORS • ATLANTIC 10 SECOND-TEAM KICKER • DON HANSEN'S HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN. • DON HANSEN ALL-NORTHEAST REGION SECOND TEAM

RECORDS Third-Longest Field Goal in UMass History, 48 yards Sixth in Career Field Goals (16) Tied for First in Single-season Field Goals (16) First In Single-Season Points by Kicker (99) Seventh In Single-Season Points (99) First in Single-Season PATs (51)

On Koepplin: Record-setting placekicker ... Earned starting job in first season at UMass last year and expected to continue with top performance as a senior ... Will kick field goals and extra-point, but will battle with Armando Cuko for kickoff duties ... Excellent leg, which has improved his leg strength since coming to UMass for the spring semester in 2006 ... Performed well at kicking competitions which opened UMass' coaches eyes ... Pronounced: co-PLINN

2007 UPDATE:
• 2007 CAA THIRD-TEAM KICKER
• 2006 ATLANTIC 10 SECOND-TEAM KICKER
• 2006 DON HANSEN'S HON. MENTION ALL-AMERICAN.

• UMass career record holder in PAT percentage (98.0) on 99-of-101. Second in field goal percentage (71.0) on 27-of-38. Second in career PATs with 99.
• Tied for third in career field goals with 27 with Doug White.
• 11 of 27 career field goals were longer than 40 yards.
• Eighth in career points at UMass with 180.
• 48 PATs in 2007 is second-best season to his 51 in 2006.
• In 2007, is 11-of-15 on field goals and 48-of-49 on PATs for 81 points. Also boomed kickoffs for 64.9 average with 21 touchbacks on 73 kicks. Both marks led the CAA.
• Made 11 field goals to the fifth-most in a single-season.
• Made first five field goals of the season.
• Named CAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 11 after New Hampshire Game.
• Kicked 46 and 25-yard field goals at #4 Southern Illinois (12/1) in NCAA Quarterfinals. Also boomed six kickoffs for 67.6 average with three touchbacks.
• Set career-high with 7 PATs in NCAA First Round vs. Fordham (11/24).
• Kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal, the second-longest in UMass history, in win over #14 UNH (11/10).
• Made six PATs at William & Mary (10/27).
• Kicked a 37-yarder and three PATs vs. Northeastern (10/20).
• Made a 23-yard field in third overtime in 4OT win over Villanova (10/13), missed a would-be game-winning kick to end regulation that bounced off left upright in stiff wind.
• Kicked a 45-yard field goal and had five PATs at Maine (9/22). Also had three touchbacks and 65.1 kickoff average.
• Booted 40 and 21-yard field goals along with four PATs in win over #3 Towson (9/15).
• Opened 2007 tying his personal-best and third-longest field goal in UMass history with a 48-yarder, 4:43 into the game against Holy Cross (9/1). Also had a 37-yard field goal along with five PATs.
COMPLETE BIO ON MEDIA GUIDE PAGE 65.

As a junior in 2006: Don Hansen Football Gazette Honorable Mention All-American ... Atlantic 10 Second-Team Kicker ... Named to Don Hansen Football Gazette's All-Northeast Region Second Team ... Won preseason kicking battle with Armando Cuko and went on to become a record-setting kicker as UMass reached the National Championship game ... With 16 made field goals, ranks sixth in career made field goals at UMass -- in just one year ... Those 16 field goals tied UMass single-season record for field goals set by Sandro Vitiello in 1978 (Vitiello also came to UMass via Nassau CC, and played football with Koepplin's uncle at East Meadow High School on Long Island.) ... Was a team-record 51-of-52 on extra points for total of 99 points, which ranked tied for third in the A-10 in scoring and 41st nationally ... Third to Steve Baylark in the A-10 in scoring (6.60 per game) ... Second in A-10 and 24th in the nation with 16 made field goals (1.07 per game) ... Overall, was 16-of-23 (69.6 percent) in first year at UMass, serving as primary kicker ... 99 points ranked as seventh-most in a year at UMass and most-ever by a kicker ... His 51 PATs a UMass single-season record. Former record was held by Michael Torres with 40 in 2003 ... Had five field goals of 40 or more yards ... Named A-10 Co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after three-field goal game vs. Hofstra ... Kicked a 42-yard field goal in fourth quarter of NCAA Final against Appalachian State (12/15) ... Booted eventual game-winning field goal from 43 yards at #2 Montana (12/8) in NCAA Semifinal, with 13:25 in fourth quarter ... Kicked a 33-yard field goal and three PATs vs. #9 UNH (12/2) in NCAA Quarterfinal ... Made all five extra points vs. Lafayette (11/25) in NCAAs ... Kicked three field goals (34, 19, 31) vs. Hofstra (11/18), most by UMass kicker since Eric Oke in 1993. Did miss his first extra-point vs. Hofstra, but made one as well ... Made eventual winning field goal from 35 yards out in win over #19 Maine (11/11) ... Moved to fourth on single-season PATs list with four at #9 New Hampshire (11/4) ... Kicked 26 and 24-yard field goals along with five extra points vs. Rhode Island (10/21), did miss a 48-yarder attempt ... Booted 30 and 40-yard field goals along with six extra points vs. William & Mary (10/7) ... Kicked 41 and 48-yard field goals vs. Stony Brook (9/23) along with six extra points. His 48-yard field goal is the third longest in UMass history and longest since 1978 when Sandro Vitiello tied the school-record with a 52-yard kick ... Kicked a 33-yard field goal at Villanova (9/16), along with four extra points. Did miss three field goals in win ... Made first two field goals at UMass on first two attempts in game at Navy (9/9) from 37 and 36 yards out, also two PATs ... Kicked four extra points vs. Colgate (9/2) in opener.

As a freshman & sophomore in 2004-05 (At Nassau C.C.): Kicked and punted for two seasons at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y. ... Named Northeast Football Conference First Team punter and Second Team kicker as a sophomore in 2005 ... Converted 33-of-34 extra points and 6-of-10 field goals as a sophomore ... Punted 48 times for a 34.0 average with a long of 57 ... Pinned eight punts inside the 20-yard line ... Followed career at Nassau by competing the Northeast Kicking Competitions where he was named the No. 1 kicker in the event held at Rutgers ... Went 8-of-8 in his round with a long of 50.

Before College: Lettered at Saint Anthony's High School in South Huntington New York in football, soccer and track and field ... Only played football during his senior year where he contributed as kicker and wide receiver going 31-of-32 on extra points and hit one field goals to help the Friars go 11-0 and win the New York Catholic League Title ... Played varsity soccer prior to joining the football team ... Ran the 400 meters during the winter and spring track seasons.

Personal: Christopher Stanley Koepplin ... Born Oct. 11, 1985 in Manhasset, N.Y. ... Son of Peggy and Alan Koepplin ... Brother of Erik ... Majoring in History.

CAREER STATISTICS AT UMASS (Kicking)
Year	GP/GS	FG-A	PAT	Pts	Lg.	KO	KOYd	 Avg.
2006	15/14	16-23	51-52	99	48	81	4840	59.8
2007	13/13	11-15	48-49	81	51	73	4736	64.9
Totals	28/27	27-38	99-101	180	48	154	9576	62.2

CAREER HIGHS Long Field Goal: 51 vs. N. Hampshire (11/10/07), 2nd at UM Field Goals: 3 vs. Hofstra (11/18/06) PATs: 7 vs. Fordham (11/24/07) Points: 12 vs. Stony Brook (9/23/06) & Wm. & Mary (10/7/06)

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