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2009 honorable mention All-American
Three-time All-Big 12 honoree
2008 Ray Guy Award semifinalist, three-time watch list member
2011 NFLPA Texas vs. the Nation all-star game
2010 second-team Academic All-American
Three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree
Three-time All-Big 12 selection and honorable mention All-America punter... Three-time member of Ray Guy Award watch list, semifinalist in 2008... Career punting average of 42.74 ranks third all-time at Baylor... Ranks third all-time in punting yards (9,574)... Second at BU with 49 career punts of 50-plus yards and tied for third with eight of 60-plus yards... 54 career punts inside the 20-yard line... Rated No. 3 punter in 2011 NFL Draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper... Participated in 2011 NFLPA Texas vs. the Nation all-star game... Three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree... Five-time member of Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and two-time Dean's List honoree... Graduated in August 2010 with degree in management information systems.
2010 (Senior): Played in 12 games (missed 13th because team didn't punt) as senior in 2010... Earned Big 12 honors for third year (second team by Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram, honorable mention by coaches and Associated Press)... Named first-team "All-Texas" by Dave Campbell's Texas Football publication... Participated in 2011 NFLPA Texas vs. the Nation all-star game... Averaged 43.75 yards on 55 punts, totaled seven touchbacks, 15 punts inside the 20, 11 punts of 50-plus yards and three punts of 60-plus yards... 43.75 average ranked fourth in Big 12 and 26th nationally... Campbell Trophy semifinalist... Ray Guy Award watch list... 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award nominee... Earned second-team Academic All-America honors from ESPN/CoSIDA... Academic All-District VI... First-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree... Averaged 48.6 yards-per-punt on seven punts, with three 50-plus and long of 60 in win over Buffalo in second game... Had three punts of 50-plus yards and averaged 45.6 yards on eight punts with three inside the 20-yard-line at No. 4 TCU in third game... Did not punt in win at Colorado... Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week Nov. 1 following effort in win at Texas - averaged 56.8 yards on four punts including two of 60-plus (65, 64)... Rated nation's No. 2 punter by Phil Steele and No. 4 by Lindy's in preseason.
2009 (Junior): Punter in all 12 games as junior in 2009, earned honorable mention All-America honors (CollegeFootballNews.com, College Football Insiders)... Consensus All-Big 12 honoree (first team by AP, coaches, Phil Steele, Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; second team by Rivals.com, Kansas City Star, Waco Tribune-Herald)... Punting average of 44.81 ranked sixth nationally and third in Big 12... Punted 54 times for 2,420 yards (44.81 average) and totaled 13 kicks inside the 20 and 14 punts of 50-plus yards... Had seventh-best single-season punting average in school history (44.81)... Named second-team All-Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Earned Academic All-District VI honors by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA... Named first-team Academic All-Big 12... Member of Baylor's Dean's List in fall 2009 and spring 2010 and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2009 and spring 2010... Earned National Punter of Week honors (by College Football Performance Awards) Oct. 3 after averaging 49.3 yards on six punts in win over Kent State, including two punts of 50 yards or more and a long of 55...Averaged 50.2 yards on four punts in win at Missouri in ninth game, including a season-high tying three kicks inside the 20-yard-line and three of 50-plus yards.
2008 (Sophomore): Starting punter in all 12 games as sophomore... 2008 Ray Guy Award semifinalist... Earned several All-Big 12 honors: second-team selection by Kansas City Star and Waco Tribune-Herald, third-team pick by Phil Steele and honorable mention by league coaches and the Associated Press... First-team 2008 Academic All-Big 12 honoree... Fall 2008 and spring 2009 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection... Averaged 44.27 yards on 49 punts in 2008 (2,169 total yards)... Totaled 16 punts of 50-plus yards and placed 14 inside the opponents' 20-yard line... Ranked ninth nationally and second in Big 12 in punting average... 44.27 average ranked seventh all-time on BU's single-season list... Sixteen punts of 50-plus yards was 10th-best single-season total in school history... Added three punts of 60-plus yards (tied for seventh-best total at Baylor)... Had three punts of 50-plus yards and averaged 47.2-yards at Oklahoma State... Matched career high with three punts of 50-plus yards at Nebraska, including career-long 65-yarder... Averaged career-best 49.7 on three punts vs. No. 14 Missouri, including two 50-plus kicks and two inside the 20.
2007 (True Freshman): As true freshman, ranked No. 9 in Big 12 and No. 86 nationally with 39.1-yard average on 66 punts en route to honorable mention freshman All-America honors from Sporting News and All-Big 12 freshman honors from same publication... Also had 12 boots inside 20-yardline, 17 fair caught and three touchbacks... Recorded eight punts of 50-plus yards on year with then-career-long 63-yarder vs. Texas Tech... Averaged 40.0 yards or better in five games as rookie, including 40.8-yard mark against Oklahoma State in season finale... Over final four games averaged 40.6 yards per punt (38.1 average in first eight games)... On career-high tying eight punts vs. Texas Tech averaged 42.2 yards per kick... Averaged 40.3 yards on seven kicks at Kansas State... Placed two of five punts inside the 20 vs. No. 19 Texas and averaged 37.6 yards per punt (net 37.4 ypp)... Averaged 40.3 yards on career-high eight punts at Texas A&M with career-best three inside the 20 and long of 53... Averaged then-career-best 46.5 yards on four boots vs. Texas State with one inside the 20 and long of 52... Fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection... Saw action on 70 snaps as rookie to earn first Baylor letter.
High School: Keller High School, Keller, Texas... Rated 82nd on Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 list... Averaged 43 yards per boot as senior en route to first-team District 5-5A honors... Had eight punts inside the 20 as senior for Indians... 5A academic all-state elite selection... Also Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Area Top 50 recruit... Placed third in kickoff completion at 2006 Randy Rogers' Lone Star Kicking Challenge... As junior, averaged 42 yards per punt with hang time of 4.3-4.5 seconds... Also handled kickoff chores for Indians... National Honor Society member ranked 15th in 650-person senior class... Listed in Who's Who Among America's High School Students... Coached by Kevin Atkinson at District 5-5A school.
Personal: Son of Jeff and Laura Epperson, Derek Andrew Epperson was born April 28, 1989, in Houston, Texas... Would like to become orthopedic doctor after punting in NFL... Graduated in August 2010 with degree in management information systems.