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Player Profile: Kyle Thompson

#80 Kyle Thompson

Position: Punter
Height: 6-4
Weight: 225
Class: Senior
Hometown: El Cajon, CA
High School: Christian HS

2019 (Jr.): Indiana State: Totaled 147 yards punting on only three attempts, putting him at an average of 49 yards per punt … Coastal Carolina: Punted twice for a total of 99 yards, an average of 49.5 yards per punt, with a long punt of 55 yards vs. the Chanticleers … Ranks first in the Big 12 Conference in punting after two games played, with his five punts totaling 246 yards, good for an average of 49.2 yards per punt … Has racked up two punts over 50 yards and has dropped one punt inside of the 20-yard line so far this season … at Boston College: Tallied 137 total yards on three punts for the Jayhawks … His long punt of the night went for 53 yards, while he averaged 46.3 yards per punt … Dropped a pair of punts inside the Eagles’ 20-yard line … West Virginia: Punted five times to the Mountaineers, for a total of 191 yards … Longest punt of the game went for 49 yards … Averaged 38.2 yards per punt on the day … at TCU: Recorded a new career high in punts with nine in Fort Worth … His 437 total punt yards were also a career best in a single game … Averaged 48.6 yards-per-punt on the day, with a long punt of 62 yards … Dropped three of his punts inside the Horned Frogs’ 20-yard line … Oklahoma: Tallied 215 total yards on five punts for the Jayhawks … His long punt of the game went for 61 yards, while he averaged 43.0 yards per punt … Dropped a pair of punts inside the Sooners’ 20-yard line … Made a solo tackle on special teams … at Texas: Punted three times on the night for a total of 115 yards, an average of 38.3 yards per punt … Two of his three punts landed inside Texas’ 20-yard line … Texas Tech: Accumulated 214 total yards on five punts, with a long punt of 56 yards, in KU’s Homecoming victory … Kansas State: Had nearly identical stats in the annual Dillons Sunflower Showdown to his previous game … Against the Wildcats, punted five times for a total of 213 yards, with a long punt of 51 yards … at Oklahoma State: Punted seven times, totaling 299 yards, in Stillwater … His long punt of the day went for 54 yards and he dropped one punt within the 20-yard line … at Iowa State: Tallied 181 yards on four punts against the Cyclones, good for an afternoon average punt of 45.2 yards … His long punt of the day was a 52-yarder and he dropped two of his punts within the 20-yard line in Ames … Baylor: His 73-yard punt in the second quarter was his season’s best, previously 62 yards at TCU … The punt against the Bears fell just shy of his KU-career high of 76 yards, set vs. Texas in 2018.

2018 (So.): Earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors after averaging a conference best 43.3 yards per punt … Recorded a total of 69 punts for 2,986 yards … Dropped 26 of his punts inside the 20-yard line … Had 17 punts of 50 yards or more … Recorded a career-long punt of 76 yards against Texas … Nicholls: Punted eight times, pinning three of them inside the 20-yard line … Recorded a career-best 62-yard punt … Had three punts longer than 50 yards, including two over 60 yards … at Central Michigan: Punted the ball eight times, with five dropping inside the 20-yard line … Rutgers: Booted the ball four times, with three landing inside the 20-yard line … at Baylor: Punted the ball seven times for 333 yards, including three that dropped inside the 20 … Oklahoma State: Punted the ball six times for 247 yards … at West Virginia: Had four punts for 187 yards … at Texas Tech: Punted the ball nine times inside the TTU 20 three times … TCU: Punted the ball four times for 176 yards inside the TCU 20 twice … Iowa State: Recorded five punts for 229 yards … Dropped one inside the Iowa State 20-yard line … at Kansas State: Punted the ball five times for 181 yards … Put one punt inside the Kansas State 20-yard line … at Oklahoma: Punted the ball two times for 75 yards … Texas: Recorded seven punts for 318 yards, including three punts inside the Texas 20-yard line.

2017 (RFr.): Played in two games ... Saw action against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State ... Recorded four punts, averaging 38.6 yards per punt ... Long punt of 40 yards against Oklahoma ... Oklahoma: Punted one time for 40 yards, dropping it inside the 20 ... Oklahoma State: Punted three times for 107 yards ... Averaged 35.7 yards per punt, with a long of 37 ... Placed one punt inside the 20-yard line.

2016 (Fr.): Did not see any game action and redshirted.

High School: An accomplished kicker from Christian HS in El Cajon, California … Helped the Patriots to league and division championships … Played for head coach Matt Oliver … Won the Christian High School Coaches’ Award in 2016 and 2015 … Named the Blue Chip Report Kicker of the Year in 2015 … Awarded the Central CIF Kicker of the Year in 2014.

Personal: Son of John and Karri Thompson … Majoring in pre-business.