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  Chris Kluwe
Chris Kluwe

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Seal Beach, CA

High School:
Los Alamitos

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 209

Position:
P

Birthdate:
12/24/1981

Experience:
4V

UCLA -- A year ago, Chris developed into one of the top punters in the Pac-10 and could earn post-season honors in 2004 ... He possesses a very strong leg and used it to set two school records. 2003 -- Set a school record for punting yardage and number of punts in a season ... Broke Nate Fikse's mark (2000) of 3,246 yards with his total of 3,908 and surpassed Matt McFarland's mark of 80 punts (1978) with his total of 91 ... Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 26th in the NCAA in punting average (42.9) ... Had 19 punts inside the 20-yard line ... Averaged 41.0 yards on five kicks in his first game as a starter at Colorado ... Twice pinned the Buffaloes inside the five-yard line and none of his five kicks were returned ... Punted 10 times against Illinois, one shy of the school single game record, and averaged 37.9 yards with three kicks inside the 20-yard line ... Only one kick was returned ... At Oklahoma, he punted nine times for an average of 48.9 yards ... Seven of his punts were returned for a total of 277 yards and three touchdowns ... Against San Diego State, he averaged 45.0 yards on six punts, with a long of 60 ... Twice he pinned the Aztecs inside the 20 and only three kicks were returned for a total of eight yards ... In the Washington game, he averaged 43.0 yards on six kicks ... Three kicks left the Huskies starting from inside their 20-yard line ... Only two kicks were returned for seven total yards ... At Arizona, he punted twice for a 41.0 yard average and placed both kicks inside the 20-yard line ... His second punt left the Wildcats starting from the one-yard line with just over a minute to play ... He was selected Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Wildcats ... Against California, he averaged 45.6 yards on seven punts ... Three were returned for a total of 15 yards ... He averaged 47.3 yards on nine punts against Arizona State ... At Stanford, he averaged 41.4 yards on his seven kicks with one inside the 20-yard line, but one was returned 90 yards for a touchdown ... Averaged 46.9 yards on eight punts at Washington State, including a career-best 66-yarder ... Against Oregon, he averaged 35.0 on five kicks with one inside the 20-yard line ... Only one kick was returned for six yards ... At USC, he averaged 36.2 yards on eight kicks and had three returned for 15 yards ... He also completed a pass for 17 yards and a first down from punt formation ... Selected Special Teams Player of the Game in the Silicon Valley Football Classic against Fresno State after averaging 44.3 yards on nine kicks ... He tied the bowl record with his nine punts and placed three kicks inside the 20-yard line.

2002 -- Punted once for 44 yards in the San Diego State game ... Once again served as the backup to first-team all-conference punter Nate Fikse.

2001 -- Saw action in one game ... Punted once against California for 25 yards ... Injured his knee in an off-the-field accident and was forced to sit out almost all of the practice periods during the last five games of the season.

2000 -- Did not appear in a game during his first year in the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Played three years of varsity football for coach John Barnes at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, CA ... Selected to play in both the California / Texas Shrine game and the CaliFlorida Bowl ...USA Today first-team All-American as a punter ... Member of PrepStar Dream Team ... Student Sports All-American ... Member of PrepStar All-West Super 30 (No. 30 prospect and No. 1 among kickers) ... Member of CBS SportsLine/PrepStar Top 100 ... SuperPrep All-Far West ... Selected to Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... First-team All-State (Student Sports) ... Selected to the CIF Southern Section first team ... Named National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete ... Member of the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team ... Named first-team All-CIF Division I his last two high school seasons as a punter ... Named all-county kicker by the L.A. Times and Orange County Register ... Sunset League kicking specialist ... Kicked an Orange County and CIF Playoff record 60-yard field goal vs. Loyola to force overtime in an eventual 30-23 victory ... Averaged 46.6 yards as a punter, had 10 punts of at least 60 yards and placed six kicks inside the 10-yard line ... As a place kicker, he made 16 of 22 field goal attempts and 39 of 41 PATs ... A pre-season PrepStar All-American and SuperPrep All-Far West selection ... Prior to his senior year, he won the punting competition at the National Kicking Invitational with a 63-yard punt that had 4.98 hang time ... As a junior, he averaged 44.8 yards per punt ... 25 of his 27 punts were either fair catches or returned for fewer than five yards ... 16 punts were downed inside the 20 yard-line and eight punts pinned the opposition inside the 10 yard-line ... Also played a year of baseball (pitcher) for coach Rob Wigod.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Christopher James Kluwe ... Born: December 24, 1981 in Philadelphia, PA ... Parents: Ronald and Sandra Kluwe ... Has one brother, Greg, and one sister, Kim ... Married the former Isabel Alvarado this past May ... His biggest thrill in sports to date is kicking a 60-yard field goal in the CIF quarterfinals with four seconds left to tie the game ... Lists former Raider All-Pro kicker/punter Ray Guy as the player he admires the most ... Enjoys reading books and playing video games in his spare time ... Mother and grandfather attended UCLA ... Director's Honor Roll in Fall 2003 and Winter 2004 ... Political Science major.

Varsity Statistics - C. Kluwe
Punting

Year

No.

Yds

Avg

I20

Lg

2001

1

25

25.0

0

25

2002

1

44

44.0

0

44

2003

91

3908

42.9

19

66

Totals

93

3977

42.8

19

66


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