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Cooper Douglas Kupp (born June 15, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Eastern Washington and received All-America honors. Kupp was drafted by the Rams in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Cooper Kupp
No. 18 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-06-15) June 15, 1993 (age 25)
Yakima, Washington
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Davis (Yakima, Washington)
College:Eastern Washington
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:102
Receiving yards:1,435
Receiving touchdowns:11
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Contents

Early yearsEdit

Kupp was born in Yakima, Washington. Kupp attended and graduated from Davis High School in Yakima in 2012 where he was a two-sport athlete in football and basketball for the Pirates athletic teams.[1] A two-way All-State selection, he earned first team 4A All-State honors as a defensive back and honorable mention accolades as a wide receiver from the Associated Press, as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. Kupp was also named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection, as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington.[2]

Kupp was a unanimous first-team All-Columbia Basin Big Nine League wide receiver and defensive back at Davis. He finished his senior season with 60 receptions for 1,059 yards (17.7 per catch) and 18 touchdowns, and scored 22 total touchdowns to set a school record. He also had 11 rushes for 122 yards and two touchdowns as he helped Davis come one game away from a berth in the Washington State 4A Playoffs.[2]

Kupp finished his prep career with 110 catches for 2,100 yards. He was also a three-year letter winner in basketball. He led Davis to a 23–2 record and won the State 4A Tournament championship during his senior year for the Pirates.[2]

College careerEdit

2013 seasonEdit

Kupp attended Eastern Washington University, where he signed to play for coach Beau Baldwin's Eastern Washington Eagles football team in 2012 and redshirted that year. Kupp would eventually be named Eastern's Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year.[2] In 2013, Kupp entered his redshirt freshman year as a starter at wide receiver. Kupp finished the season having set numerous single-season school and national receiving records at the Football Championship Subdivision Level. Kupp has set national freshman records for receiving yards (1,691), total touchdown catches (21), consecutive games with a touchdown catch (14), and receptions (93).[3][4]

On November 26, 2013, Kupp was named to the All-Big Sky Conference First Team as a unanimous selection and was also the recipient of the conference's first-ever Freshman of the Year Award.[5]

On December 16, 2013, Kupp was named the recipient of the 2013 Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman player in the FCS. Kupp is the first Eastern Washington player and first player from the Big Sky Conference to receive the award.[6]

Kupp was named a consensus first-team All-American, having been honored by the four major selectors at the FCS level, consisting of the American Football Coaches Association,[7] the Associated Press,[8] The Sports Network[9] and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.[10] Kupp was the first freshman wide receiver to be named as a first-team All-American since Randy Moss in 1996.[9]

On January 9, 2014, Kupp was honored by the College Football Performance Awards with the 2013 FCS Wide Receiver Award. Kupp is the second straight Eagles wide receiver to win the award, following Brandon Kaufman, who won the 2012 award.[11]

2014 seasonEdit

Kupp finished his sophomore season with 104 catches for 1,431 yards and 16 touchdowns in 13 games.[12] He was named a First-Team All-American by the AFCA, AP, and TSN for the second consecutive season. He was also named to the first team All-Big Sky Conference for the second straight year as a wide receiver while also earning third team honors as punt returner. Kupp finished 18th in the 2014 Walter Payton Award voting.[13]

2015 seasonEdit

In the 2015 season, Kupp finished the season with 114 catches for 1,642 yards and 19 touchdown in 11 games.[14] Kupp broke the Big Sky single-season record for catches with 114, a total that ranks ninth most all-time in FCS single-season history. Kupp was named a first team All-Big Sky Conference wide receiver for the third-straight year and was also named the league's Offensive Most Valuable Player. He was just the second wide receiver to be named Big Sky Offensive MVP in the last 42 years. In addition, Kupp won the Walter Payton Award, becoming the third Eastern Washington player to win the award and only the second wide receiver to win, after Brian Finneran of Villanova in 1997.

2016 seasonEdit

On November 30, 2015, Kupp announced that he would return for his senior season after speculation that he was considering entering the 2016 NFL Draft.[15] He was poised to break nearly every major FCS career receiving record mark during his final collegiate season. In the 2016 season, he finished with 117 receptions for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns.[16] At the end of his career, his 6,464 career receiving yards are most in FCS history, passing Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who had 4,693 at Mississippi Valley State from 1981–1984. Kupp's 73 receiving touchdowns rank first in FCS history, passing the 58 touchdowns that New Hampshire's David Ball caught from 2003–2006.[17]

College statisticsEdit

All statistics from goeags.com[18]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Touchdowns
REC REC/G YDS YD/G AVG TD LG
2013 Eastern Washington 15 93 6.2 1,691 112.7 18.2 21 63
2014 Eastern Washington 13 104 8.0 1,431 110.1 13.8 16 61
2015 Eastern Washington 11 114 10.4 1,642 149.3 14.4 19 78
2016 Eastern Washington 13 117 9.0 1,700 130.7 14.5 17 75
Total 52 428 8.4 6,464 125.7 14.9 73 78

College awards and honorsEdit

Professional careerEdit

Kupp attended the 2017 Senior Bowl and made two receptions for 14 receiving yards for the North, who lost 16–15 to the South.[32] Kupp's performance at the Senior Bowl elevated his draft stock.[33] NFL analyst Bucky Brooks stated Kupp was the top performer at the Senior Bowl. Kupp attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and completed all the combine drills except for the bench press.

External video
  Brooks "Kupp was the top performer"
  Cooper Kupp's NFL Combine Workout
  Cooper Kupp runs the 40-yard dash

On March 28, 2017, he opted to participate at Eastern Washington's pro day along with Jordan West, Shaq Hill, Samson Ebukam, Kendrick Bourne, and Miquiyah Zamora.[34] He attempted all of the combine drills, but opted to skip the bench press and broad jump. Kupp shortened his time in the short shuttle to 6.53s and performed positional drills for scouts and team representatives. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Kupp was projected to be a second or third round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts.[35] He was ranked the eighth best wide receiver in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[36]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
204 lb
(93 kg)
31 12 in
(0.80 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
4.62 s 1.62 s 2.69 s 4.08 s 6.75 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
All values from NFL Combine[35][36]

2017 season: Rookie yearEdit

The Los Angeles Rams selected Kupp in the third round (69th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[37] Kupp was the seventh wide receiver drafted in 2017 and became the second highest pick in Eastern Washington's school history, only behind Michael Roos who was taken by the Tennessee Titans in the 2005 NFL Draft (second round, 41st overall).[38][39] He was reunited with Eastern Washington teammate Samson Ebukam after the Rams selected him in the fourth round (125th overall).[40]

External video
  Rams draft Cooper Kupp 69th overall
  Mayock "Kupp has great hands and speed"

On June 9, 2017, the Los Angeles Rams signed Kupp to a four-year, $3.83 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $954,760.[41][42][43]

Kupp competed with Tavon Austin, Robert Woods, Mike Thomas, Bradley Marquez, Pharoh Cooper, and Josh Reynolds throughout training camp for vacant starting wide receiver role after Kenny Britt departed in free agency.[44] Head coach Sean McVay named Kupp the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart behind Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Tavon Austin.[45]

Kupp made his professional regular season debut in the Rams' season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts and recorded four receptions for 76 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff, marking the first of his career during the Rams' 46–9 victory.[46] In Week 4, Kupp made five catches for 60 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 35–30 win over the Dallas Cowboys.[47] During a Week 7 matchup in London against the Arizona Cardinals, he caught four passes for 51 yards and caught an 18-yard touchdown in the Rams' 33–0 victory.[48] After the Rams' 51–17 victory over the New York Giants, Kupp was named Pro Football Focus All-Rookie Team. Through the first seven games, Kupp led the Rams in red-zone targets with 11 and developed as Jared Goff's top receiver in the red-zone and third downs. He was fourth in the entire NFL in red zone targets behind leaders Davante Adams, Larry Fitzgerald, and Dez Bryant who were tied with 20 red zone targets each.[49] At home for Week 10, Kupp made a then season-high six receptions for 47 receiving yards in a 33–7 victory over the Houston Texans.[50][51] During Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints, Kupp posted his first career game with over 100 receiving yards, where he finished with 116 receiving yards as the Rams won 26–20.[52] In Week 14, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he finished with five receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown.[53] Kupp finished his rookie season in 2017 with 62 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns.[54]

The Rams finished first in the NFC West with an 11–5 record.[55] On January 6, 2018, Kupp appeared in his first career playoff game and made eight receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown as the Rams lost by a score of 26–13 to the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC Wild Card Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[56]

2018 seasonEdit

McVay named Kupp a starting wide receiver in 2018 along with Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks.[57] In Week 4, Kupp caught nine passes for 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns (all single-game highs), including a career-best 70-yard scoring reception during a 38–31 win against the Minnesota Vikings.[58] A week later, Kupp sustained a knee injury against the Denver Broncos and was carted off the field. Though he returned to the field in the third quarter of the Rams' 23-20 victory, Kupp was pulled out of the lineup and missed the next two games.[59] Kupp returned to action in Week 9 vs. New Orleans Saints, catching five passes for 89 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Rams' 45-35 loss, their first of the season. During the fourth quarter of the Rams' 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10, Kupp went down with a non-contact injury. An MRI the following day confirmed that Kupp tore his ACL, prematurely ending his season.[60][61] He finished the season with 40 receptions for 566 yards and six touchdowns through eight games.[62] Without Kupp, the Rams reached Super Bowl LIII where they lost 13-3 to the New England Patriots.[63]

NFL statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2017 LAR 15 6 62 869 14.0 64 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2018 LAR 8 8 40 566 14.2 70T 6 4 25 6.3 12 0 0 0
Total 21 12 102 1,435 14.1 70T 11 4 25 6.2 12 0 1 1

PostseasonEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2017 LAR 1 0 8 69 8.6 15 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 8 69 8.6 15 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

Personal lifeEdit

Kupp is the son of former National Football League quarterback Craig Kupp, a fifth-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 1990 out of Pacific Lutheran University who played for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys in 1991.[64]

His grandfather, Jake Kupp, was an offensive lineman for the University of Washington and was drafted in the ninth round of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played from 1964–75 as a guard with Dallas, the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, and the New Orleans Saints. Named to the NFL All-Rookie team, he later was a five-time captain for the Saints. He was named to the franchise's 25-year All-Time Team and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1991.[64]

Kupp developed a relationship with Rams' quarterback Jared Goff while living with him for few weeks after the draft. They practiced on their own time together, watched film, studied defensive schemes, and learned the playbook. The two's relationship is comparable to that of quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman, who first developed a relationship when Edelman flew to California during the off season so Brady had a teammate to practice and run plays with and a person to whom he could throw.[65][66]

Kupp is a devout Christian.[67]

While attending Eastern Washington University, Kupp met his girlfriend and future wife, Anna Croskrey. The couple married in June 2015.[68]

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