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#39 Kevin Eberhart
Position: Place Kicker
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 190
Year: Junior
City/State: Broomfield, Colo.
High School: Broomfield
Experience: 1 Letter


AT COLORADO—2007 (Sr.)—In his fifth year after patiently waiting his chance, he certainly made the most of it, leading CU in scoring with 83 points in earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches (second-team by rivals.com and Phil Steele’s College Football); SI.com had him a second-team selection on its Mid-Season All-America squad.  He made good on 15-of-23 field goals and 38-of-39 extra points for his 83 points, and was a most respectable 8-of-12 from 41 yards or longer.  He was 5-of-10 on his first field goal tried in a game and 10-of-13 on subsequent attempts.    Against Baylor, he tied the school record for field goals made in a game with five, joining Jeremy Aldrich (five against Kansas on Sept. 18, 1999, in a 51-17 win) and also tied the mark for attempts with six.  He also made good on all four PAT kicks to score 19 points, tying CU’s record for the most points in a game by a kicker (Aldrich’s point count in that ’99 KU game).  His 54-yard field goal at the end of the first half at Baylor was a career best, topping the 45-yard effort against Oklahoma the previous week which was the game winner as time expired in CU’s dramatic 27-24 upset of No. 3 Oklahoma.  It was the 32nd field goal of 50 yards or longer in CU history, and tied for the 11th longest overall.  It was the longest by a Buff other than Mason Crosby (13 50+) since Mitch Berger hit a 54-yard kick against Miami, Fla., in Boulder on Sept. 25, 1993.  It tied for the fourth longest on the road by a Buff, and tied CU’s longest in the state of Texas (Crosby had a 54-yard kick in the 2004 Houston Bowl).  He became the seventh Buff to make four (or more) field goals in a game, joining Aldrich, Mark Zetterberg, Tom Field, Berger, Jeremy Flores and Crosby.  He was just the second to make four in game from 40 yards or longer, joining Aldrich, who made all five of his kicks against Kansas in Boulder from between 40 and 49 yards.  His then career-long 45-yard field goal came with 0:00 on the clock against Oklahoma, just the second game winning kick of such nature in school history (not including one in overtime, which he made earlier this year to beat Colorado State, 31-28). The only other came on Oct. 18, 1947, when John Zisch made a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lead CU to a 9-7 win over BYU in Boulder.  And though they did not count, under pressure in hurried circumstances, he made kicks of 50- and 55 yards in the final seconds at Iowa State but the referee waived both off.  The coaches named him the special teams player of the week for the Colorado State game, when he also garnered Big 12 Special Teams player of the week accolades, an honor he also earned for the Baylor game (he was CU’s Male Athlete of the Week for that game).  He was one of the Lou Groza Award committee’s three stars of the week for the CSU and Oklahoma games, earning an ESPN “Helmet Sticker” for the latter and NFF/Colorado Chapter AOW honors for the former.  He averaged 6.9 points per game (83 gross points), which ranked him 13th overall in the Big 12 Conference and 100th in the NCAA; among kick scorers, he ranked seventh and 57th in each, respectively.  He was fifth in the conference and 48th in the nation in field goals made (1.25 per game).  Career-wise, He tied for 11th in field goals made (16), tied for 13th in field goals attempted (26) and tied for 48th in scoring (87 points).  In the Independence Bowl against Alabama, he scored six points, making good on all three PAT kicks and 1-of-2 field goals (making from 39 yards, missing from 48).  Never called upon in the fall, he was a quality backup punter, averaging 41.1 yards on 17 punts in the main spring scrimmages.

 

2006 (Jr.)—He dressed for all 12 games, but did not see any game action.  He missed most of spring drills after straining a quad muscle in an early practice.

 

2005 (Soph.-RS)—He saw action in two games as he was listed second on the depth chart behind consensus All-American Mason Crosby.  He made good on his only field goal of the year, a 23-yard kick against New Mexico State, and he also kicked off one time against Oklahoma State.  He was 100 percent for the season after he missed spring practice with a knee injury, one that required arthroscopic surgery in mid-April.     

 

2004 (Soph.)—Redshirted; did not see any action.  He nursed a couple of injuries over the course of the season and it was decided to save a year of eligibility.  He batted 1.000 so-to-speak in the three main spring scrimmages, making all four PAT kicks as well as all three field goal tries, including a spring-best 52 yards by all the kickers.

 

2003 (Fr.)—He saw action in five games, becoming just the third placekicker in CU history to play as a true freshman (he kicked off to start the season opener; fellow frosh Mason Crosby didn’t play until CU’s first PAT attempt).  He was CU’s regular kickoff man the first half of the season, as he had 24 kickoffs, nine going for touchbacks (four through the end zone); the average starting yardline for the opponent was the 26, inflated by over three yards due to one touchdown return.  He made his only PAT kick on the season (against Washington State), but missed on his lone two field goal attempts (22 and 42 yards at Florida State, both missing just wide right).  He was CU’s special teams player of the week for the UCLA game, as he kicked off four times, three for touchbacks (two through the end zone), with the one that was returned taken only to the 10-yard line.  He graduated from high school in December (’02), and chose to enroll at CU for the spring semester.  He participated in spring drills, making 2-of-3 field goals (25, 31 yards) in the three main scrimmages.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned first-team All-Colorado (Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News), all-state (4A), all-region (Boulder Camera) and All-Skyline League honors.  Prep Football Report and SuperPrep both named him to their All-Midland teams  (the top placekicker regionally in both; PFR also called him one of the nation’s top punters), while Rivals.com rated him as the No. 24 kicker in the nation.  He was a second-team all-league performer at his scrimmage positions, receiver and strong safety.  He was also all-state and all-league at both kicker and punter as a sophomore and junior.  He finished his career as Colorado’s all-time state leader in points by kicking (255) and field goals made (36), along with tying the record for the most career extra points made (147).  As a senior, he made 10-of-15 field goals, including a 57-yard kick against Monarch that was the sixth longest in Colorado prep history.  He also converted 28-of-29 PAT kicks, and owned a 43.6 average on 30 punts.  He not only handled the placekicking and punting chores, but played receiver on offense (15 catches for 60 yards and a TD) and strong safety on defense (98 tackles, 66 solo, with 12 for losses and four sacks; he also had three passes broken up, three hurries and two forced fumbles).   As a junior, he made 7-of-12 field goals (55 long) along with 61-of-67 PAT kicks.  He was in on 50 tackles on defense (30 solo), with two pass deflections.  One of just a handful of players in state history to make two field goals of 50-yards or longer in the same season, his top career game came against Monarch as a senior when he nailed the 57-yard three-pointer; he was in on 23 tackles (18 solo), with a forced fumble, one PBU and a second field goal from 35 yards out.  A 32-yard field goal against Monarch his sophomore year gave Broomfield a two-point win and clinched the Skyline title.  Broomfield was 8-3 his senior year, 13-1 his junior season (league champs, state runner-up) and 10-3 his sophomore year (league titleists) under coach Gary Davies.  He also played basketball as a freshman.

 

ACADEMICS—He graduated in May 2007 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Colorado (bioastronautics; wants to work for NASA or Ball Aerospace as an engineer after graduation); he enrolled in graduate school in the same field and was on schedule to earn his master’s in May ‘08.  A three-time member of CU’s Dean’s List, he also is a six-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 teams honors as a senior when he met the participation requirement.  He was one of 153 semifinalists for the 2007 Vincent Draddy Award, considered to be the “academic Heisman.”  A consistent member of the “A” honor roll throughout high school (3.733 grade point), he was one of 11 scholar-athletes in Colorado for 2002 as selected by the Colorado Chapter National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame.

 

PERSONAL—He was born Nov. 28, 1984 in Denver.  His hobbies include snowboarding, drawing and hunting. 


Scoring

Season

G

EP

EPA

FG

FGA

Long

Pts

2003

5

1

1

0

2

0

1

2005

2

0

0

1

1

23

3

2007

12

38

39

15

23

54

83

Totals

19

39

40

16

26

54

87



Field Goal Breakdown

Season

G

10-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60+

2003

5

0-0

0-1

0-0

0-1

0-0

0-0

2005

2

0-0

1-1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

2007

12

0-0

4-5

3-6

6-10

2-2

0-0

Totals

7

0-0

1-2

0-0

0-1

0-0

0-0


ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Kickoffs: 24 Total, 9 TB, 15 Ret. (2003); 1 Total, 0 TB, 1 Ret. (2005); 5 total, 4 Ret., 1 OB (2007).

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