Daniel Sepulveda

Daniel Wade Sepulveda (born January 12, 1984) is an American football punter who played five seasons in the National Football League (NFL), all with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football for Baylor University, earned All-American honors twice, and was twice recognized as the best college punter. The Steelers selected Sepulveda in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Steelers team which won Super Bowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals.

Daniel Sepulveda
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Daniel Sepulveda at 2007 Steelers training camp
No. 9
Position:Punter
Personal information
Born:January 12, 1984 (age 35)
Austin, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Dallas (TX) Highland Park
College:Baylor
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punts:221
Punt yardage:9,657
Average punt:43.7
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Sepulveda was born in Austin, Texas. He attended Highland Park High School in metropolitan Dallas, Texas. Sepulveda was a third-string punter at Highland Park behind Ryan Wolcott, and Trey Warren (the starter). He never made it into a game as a punter.

College career

Sepulveda attended Baylor University, where he played for the Baylor Bears football team from 2002 to 2006. He was a walk-on to the football team as a linebacker, and after a redshirt freshman season (despite not having punted since junior high) became the Bears' starting punter, earning a scholarship after the 2003 season. He won the Ray Guy Award tapping him as the best college punter in 2004 and 2006, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2004 and a unanimous first-team All-American in 2006. He, Ryan Allen and Tom Hackett are the only players to win the Ray Guy Award twice.

As of the end of the 2017 season, Sepulveda holds the NCAA FBS record for career punting average and career punts of 50+ yards.[1]

Professional career

Sepulveda was drafted in the fourth round (112th pick) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2007 NFL Draft. After the release of former starter Chris Gardocki, Sepulveda successfully bested Mike Barr for the starting job. Sepulveda signed a three-year contract for $1.46 million with the Steelers on May 31, 2007.

In the first quarter of a December 20 game against the St. Louis Rams, in his rookie season, Sepulveda completed a 32-yard pass to running back Najeh Davenport on a fake punt play.

On July 29, 2008, Sepulveda tore the ACL in his right leg for the second time.[2][3] He had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament on August 6.[4] He was placed on injured reserve by the Steelers after the surgery,[5][6] officially ending his season.[7]

On December 5, 2010, he again injured his right knee in a game against the Baltimore Ravens.[8] Jeremy Kapinos was signed to replace Sepulveda. On July 31, 2011, the Steelers re-signed Sepulveda to a 1-year deal.[9]

In the second quarter of an October 9, 2011 game against the Tennessee Titans Sepulveda completed his second career pass for a first down, a 33-yard pass to Ryan Mundy on a fake punt play.

It was announced on April 4, 2012 that Sepulveda would not return to the Steelers for the 2012 season.[10]

Post-football career

Sepulveda enrolled at the SMU Law School as part of its 2019 graduating class.[11]

References

  1. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2018/FBS.pdf
  2. ^ "Steelers' Sepulveda likely lost for the season". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. July 29, 2008. Archived from the original on July 30, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
  3. ^ Bouchette, Ed (July 30, 2008). "Torn ACL in right knee will keep left-footed punter out entire season". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  4. ^ Associated Press (July 31, 2008). "Sepulveda's Knee Surgery Scheduled For August". Steelers. KDKA. Archived from the original on August 5, 2008. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  5. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (August 25, 2008). "Steelers name Hartwig starting center, make first cuts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  6. ^ Brown, Scott (August 25, 2008). "Steelers cut Bloom, place Sepulveda on IR". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  7. ^ "Steelers place P Sepulveda om IR". Yahoo! Sports. August 25, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  8. ^ Steelers.com
  9. ^ Steelers, Sepulveda agree to deal
  10. ^ Bouchette, Ed (April 4, 2012). "Burned Steelers' coach visits team; punter Sepulveda won't return - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  11. ^ https://www.smu.edu/Law/Admissions/Meet-Our-Students/Sepulveda-Daniel

External links

2003 All-Big 12 Conference football team

The 2003 All-Big 12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big 12 Conference players for the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big 12 selectors: (1) the Big 12 conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big 12 also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2004 All-Big 12 Conference football team

The 2004 All-Big 12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big 12 Conference players for the 2004 Big 12 Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big 12 selectors: (1) the Big 12 conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big 12 also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2004 College Football All-America Team

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The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions. The original usage of the term All-America seems to have been to such a list selected by football pioneer Walter Camp in the 1890s. The NCAA officially recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, SN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus All-Americans.

2005 All-Big 12 Conference football team

The 2005 All-Big 12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big 12 Conference players for the 2005 Big 12 Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big 12 selectors: (1) the Big 12 conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big 12 also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2006 All-Big 12 Conference football team

The 2006 All-Big 12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big 12 Conference players for the 2006 Big 12 Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big 12 selectors: (1) the Big 12 conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big 12 also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2006 College Football All-America Team

The 2006 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following All-American Teams: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly, CBS Sports, ESPN, College Football News, Rivals.com, and Scout.com.

The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions. The original usage of the term All-America seems to have been to such a list selected by football pioneer Walter Camp in the 1890s. The NCAA officially recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus All-Americans.

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The first round was the longest in the history of the NFL draft, lasting six hours, eight minutes. One of the big stories of the draft was the fall of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. Quinn had been projected as a potential first overall pick in early mock drafts and had been invited to attend the draft in person, but he wasn't selected until the 22nd pick in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, who acquired the pick in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Louisiana State University quarterback JaMarcus Russell was selected first overall by the Oakland Raiders after he had replaced Quinn as the projected first selection among most analysts following his performance in the 2007 Sugar Bowl against Quinn and Notre Dame. Russell is considered by many as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, and Quinn also had a largely unsuccessful pro career.Those selections notwithstanding, Bleacher Report named the 2007 draft class the "greatest draft class in the last 25 years" in 2012 due to the heavy volume of reliable starters, as well as players selected that are now widely regarded as future Hall of Famers, such as Patrick Willis, Darrelle Revis, and Marshal Yanda; first round selections Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, and Adrian Peterson are widely regarded as being among the greatest to ever play at their respective positions.

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Mike Barr (American football)

Mike Barr (born December 8, 1978) is a former American football punter.

He attended Rutgers University, where he finished as one of the best Rutgers punters in school history. Since then, he has had experience in both the Washington Redskins and New York Jets training camps in 2003 and has been playing with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europa. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers every year between 2004 and 2007, but was released and allocated to the Galaxy each year.After being once again re-signed by the Steelers in late January 2007, he battled Daniel Sepulveda for the starting position which became open with the release of Chris Gardocki on May 23, 2007. He was cut by the Steelers during training camp in 2007, but claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals, who released their punter Scott Player on August 29, 2007. He was later cut on November 27, 2007 for a dismal 2007 season, finishing last in the NFL in punt averages.

Mitch Berger

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Ray Guy Award

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