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ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Portland State senior P Kyle Loomis as the No. 1 place kicker or punter in the class.

You're going to hear more about Loomis than most late Day 3 picks due to his fascinating back story. He was Oregon State's starting punter as a true freshman in 2006 before leaving the program to serve in the Army. He didn't return to football until 2013, but quickly re-established himself as a pro prospect.
Feb 2 - 7:53 PM

Portland State senior P Kyle Loomis accepted an invitation to the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Loomis was recently named first team all-Big Sky Conference in a vote of league coaches. He has one of the most interesting stories in this year's class. Loomis was a starting punter as a freshman at Oregon State in 2006, then left the program, served in the Army, and didn't return to football until 2013. He's one of the nation's best punters and could conceivably earn a call in Round 7.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 12:06:00 AM

Rams selected Portland State OT Mitchell Van Dyk with the No. 226 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Unheralded Van Dyk stands 6-foot-7, 313 and was voted first-team All-Big Sky by the conference's coaches as a senior. He was a three-year starter on the Vikings' offensive line. Van Dyke is a reasonably good athlete (5.12 forty, 27-inch vertical), but needs to hit the weights after managing 14 bench-press reps at his Pro Day. He's likely headed to the practice squad in St. Louis.
Sat, May 10, 2014 05:58:00 PM

Oregon State junior DT Joe Lopez has transferred to Portland State.

Lopez will be eligible to play during the 2013 season. No reason was given for the transfer but Lopez played in 16 games over the last two seasons and was listed as a backup at his position.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 10:35:00 AM

After transferring from Texas Southern to Portland State, DE Marquis Jackson is being viewed as a big disappointment by west area scouts, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"Entering the season scouts stamped Jackson with a third round grade as he was one of the highest rated IAA seniors in the nation," Pauline writes. "Jackson finished the 2012 season with 36 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, compared to 50/18.5/6 in 2011. Sources from the area tell us it was a case of senioritis."
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 05:32:00 PM


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