Derek McLaughlin Athlete Profile

#29 Derek McLaughlin

Derek McLaughlin
Position: Punter Height: 6-1 Weight: 200 Roster Years: 2005-2006 Hometown: Mesa, AZ Last School: University of Washington

Personal

Parents are Mike and Anne McLaughlin ... an Eagle Scout ... served a Church mission in Rosario, Argentina ... wife's name is Emily.

Before BYU

Competed for two seasons at the University of Washington before serving a Church mission ... a Sporting News preseason second-team All-Pac-10 selection ... earned Sporting News second-team freshman All-America honors as a true freshman ... earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors as a freshman ... 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 football 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 ... 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 ... a standout prep punter at Mountain View HS who averaged 47.0 yards per punt 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.




2005 | Junior Year

Earned letterman honors as a junior ... played in all 12 games of the season ... punted 48 times for 1,922 yards on the season ... averaged 40.0 yards per punt ... longest punt was 60 yards against TCU ... 13 punts recorded inside the 20, including two against New Mexico, Notre Dame, UNLV, Utah and California ... had six punts cover more than 50 yards ... recorded a 57-yarder against Boston College.