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Kyle Thompson

Position Punter
Height 6'4''
Weight 222 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown El Cajon, Calif.
High School Christian HS

Career Honors: 2020: Academic All-Big 12 Football Second Team; Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List; Preseason All-Big 12 Second Team (Athlon). 2019: Honorable Mention All-Big 12; Academic All-Big 12 Second Team; Ray Guy Award Midseason Watch List; Preseason All-Big 12 First Team; Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List. 2019: Preseason All-Big 12 First Team (Phil Steele Magazine); Preseason All-Big 12 Second Team (Athlon). 2018: All-Big 12 Second Team (coaches). 2017: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (spring). 2016: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (fall).

2020 (Sr.): Academic All-Big 12 Football Second Team … KU’s punter in the first four games of the season … Punted 26 times for 1,037 yards for an average of 39.9 yards per punt … His long punt of the year was good for 62 yards … He did not have any touchbacks … Fair catches were called on 12 of his punts … He landed nine punts within the 20-yard line … Punted the football 50 or more yards on four different occasions. Coastal Carolina: Served as a team captain in the Jayhawks’ season opener … Punted once against the Chanticleers on a pooch punt which went 30 yards and landed inside the 20-yard line … at Baylor: A team captain in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 Conference season opener … Recorded a season-long 50-yard punt against the Bears … For the game, he punted six times for 225 yards, good for an average of 37.5 yards per punt … Oklahoma State: Punted nine times vs. OSU for 357 yards … Long punt of the day was 52 yards, while landing four of his punts inside the 20-yard line … at West Virginia: Punted 10 times for a total of 425 yards, good for a 42.5 average … His longest punt of the day went for 62 yards … He also dropped another two inside the 20-yard line for the second-straight game.

2019 (Jr.): Earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 accolades after the season … An Academic All-Big 12 Second Team selection … Played in all 12 of KU’s games … Punted 57 times throughout the season, accumulating 2,538 yards, good for an average of 44.5 yards per punt … Had 17 punts that went 50 or more yards, with a long punt of 73 yards … Landed 18 punts inside the 20-yard line … Made a solo tackle. 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 political science with a minor in business.