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Derek McLaughlin
Derek McLaughlin

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Mesa, Ariz.

High School:
Mountain View High School

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 195

Position:
P

Birthdate:
04/28/1983

Experience:
1V

Washington: A preseason second-team all-conference pick by The Sporting News ... will play this season before taking time off to go on church sponsored mission. 2001: Earned second-team freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News … also garnered All-Pac-10 honorable mention … averaged 41.2 yards per punt, the highest average by a Husky punter since Thane Cleland in 1986 (41.2) … finished tied with Cleland for the fourth-best punting average in Washington history … had 16 of 52 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, and just two touchbacks … finished season with 10 punts of 50 yards or more … established a school record with a game-turning 74-yard punt out of his own endzone in Huskies’ 31-28 come-from-behind win at Cal … had four punts of 50 yards or more in the game … finished with seven punts for 348 yards for single-game average of 49.7 yards per-punt that was seventh-best in school history … all punting numbers against Cal were career-highs … was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week and coaches’ special teams MVP for performance against the Golden Bears … one of four true freshmen, along with receivers Reggie Williams and Charles Frederick, and linebacker Joseph Lobendahn, to appear in every game in 2001 … averaged 39.6 yards on five punts in first-career game, Huskies’ 23-18 win over 10th-ranked Michigan … had punt blocked and recovered for a safety against the Wolverines… had five punts blocked during the season … booted a 58-yarder in Huskies’ 27-24 win over USC … added a 56-yarder in 42-28 win over No. 10 Stanford … had three punts of 50 yards or more against Oregon State.

High School and Personal: Born April 28, 1983 in Silverdale, Wash. ... parents are Anne and Michael ... third of four siblings ... great uncle, Brian, was a UW professor ... a standout prep punter who averaged 47.0 yards per kick as a senior to merit all-league and all-state honors ... a two-time all-state and three-time all-region selection ... had long punt of 63 yards ... posted best numbers against Mesa High, averaging 51.0 yards per punt including three inside the 10 yard line and just two returned, one for negative yards ... led Mountain View to 21-4 record in final two seasons, playing punter, quarterback and wide receiver ... averaged 46 yards-per-punt in 1999 State Championship win ... averaged 40 yards-per-punt in 1999 ... SuperPrep’s top punter in the state of Arizona, and 27th-best recruit in the state overall ... as a freshman at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno, Calif., threw more TD passes than any quarterback in school history ... an Eagle Scout, was named to the "Who's Who Among American Teenagers" in 2000 ... a communications major.

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