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Ben

Kepley

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Punter
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Charlotte Country Day
Major: Government

Bio

Ben KepleyCompleted career second all-time at Dartmouth in punts (198) and punting yards (7,306).

SENIOR (2016)
Recorded the second-most punts (57) in the Ivy Leaguenearly one-quarter of which (14) pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line ... averaged 37.3 yards on six boots, twice pushing New Hampshire inside its 20 to contribute to the 22-21 comeback victory over the 22nd-ranked Wildcats ... posted a season-high 40.5 yards on six punts in the 35-10 triumph at Holy Cross, including his first 50-yarder of the year ... his last two against the Crusaders put them on their own five and 12 to help seal the deal ... two of his four kicks versus Penn traveled at least 50 yards, including a season-long 53-yarder ... also had a 51-yarder among six punts at Yale ... left a punt at the one-yard line in the fourth quarter, helping Dartmouth fend off Towson in a 20-17 victory ... one shy of the program’s single-game record with 11 punts at an extremely windy Columbia ... three of his six kicks versus Harvard left the Crimson inside their 20 ... finished career with two more boots inside the 20 at Princeton among his six punts. Preseason honors: College Sports Madness All-Ivy League Second Team.

JUNIOR (2015)
All-Ivy League Second Team punter for second straight year ... also served as the holder on PAT and field goal attempts ... punted at least three times in every game except the 41-20 win at Penn, during which Dartmouth never punted ... four times averaged better than 40 yards in a game ... opponent managed just 39 punt return yards against him all year as more than 40 percent (20 of 49) of his punts were fair caught and not a single one was blocked ... had one of his best days in the season opener, averaging 42.0 yards on seven punts (one of which was a career-long 60 yards) with two ending inside the 20, including one at the three in a 31-10 victory at Georgetown ... called upon just three times in a 49-7 win over Sacred Heart, averaging 40.7 yards ... five of his eight punts against Yale bailed the Big Green out of tight spots — inside the Bulldogs’ red zone — in a 35-3 homecoming triumph ... all three of his boots at Central Connecticut State ended inside the 20 during the 34-7 road victory ... fell one punt shy of the single-game record in a 13-9 win over Columbia, averaging 38.5 yards on 11 punts with two of at least 50 yards, seven fair catches and four inside the 20 ... his first three punts in that game came inside the Dartmouth 10, helping him earn Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honors ... averaged 40 yards on three punts versus Cornell, plus completed a five-yard pass in a 21-3 triumph ... blasted a 52-yard punt that was downed at Brown in the 34-18 victory ... finished the season strong, averaging 44.4 yards on five kicks with two ending inside the 20 as Dartmouth clinched a share of the Ivy League crown with a thrilling 17-10 win. Preseason honors: College Sports Madness Preseason All-Ivy League Second Team.

SOPHOMORE (2014)
All-Ivy League Second Team punter ... second in the conference with 38.9-yard average ... punted at least twice in every game, but never more than six times ... four times averaged better than 40 yards in a game ... dropped three of his four punts inside the 20 in the 35-25 win over Central Connecticut to start the year ... performed a free kick at fourth-ranked New Hampshire after a team safety ... booted a season-high six punts versus Penn, helping the Green post a 31-13 victory ... kept Yale’s great returner from doing much, forcing four fair catches among his five punts in a 38-31 road win ... three of his four punts against Holy Cross went for 42 or more yards, including a 52-yard bomb as he posted a 43.0-yard average in the 24-21 triumph ... the only one less than 40 yards pinned the Crusaders at their own eight with 1:25 to play ... kicked just twice at Cornell, averaging a season-best 44.5 yards, including a 51-yard boot ... did not allow Brown  return yards on any of his three punts in a 44-21 victory over the Bears ... crushed a career-long 59-yard punt at Princeton on his way to averaging 43.2 yards on four kicks in the 41-10 win.

FRESHMAN (2013)
Won the punting job during the preseason ... was called upon at least three times in every contest to punt ... helped Dartmouth rank in the middle of the league in net punting average ... opponents amassed a mere 27 yards in returns for the season ... hang time forced opponents to signal for a fair catch on 30 of his 53 punts, and 13 remained inside the 20 with just two touchbacks ... third of three punts in season opener at Butler pinned Bulldogs at their own six with just over a minute to play and the Big Green leading by a touchdown to help secure the victory ... dropped two of his five punts versus Holy Cross inside the 20, and three of his six at Penn ... also launched a season-long 47-yard punt and averaged a season-best 40.8 yards against the Quakers ... booted a season-high eight punts versus Bucknell, the last a booming 47-yarder to the Bison nine in the fourth quarter ... longest of six punts at Brown was his last, a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter that was fair caught at the 20 ... helped Dartmouth win the battle of field position against 19th-ranked Princeton with eight punts for an average of 38.0 yards as the Big Green defeated the Tigers, 28-24.

HIGH SCHOOL
First-team all-state punter as named by North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association ... All-South Charlotte first-team choice ... averaged 39.9 yards with a long of 60 ... Country Day’s special teams player of the year both as a junior and as a senior ... drew recruiting interest from Vanderbilt among others ... also played defensive back ... teammate of incoming placekicker Alex Gakenheimer at CCD ... a good athlete who also played baseball for his high school.

PERSONAL
Majoring in government ... full name is Benjamin Harris Kepley ... born on Oct. 25, 1994 ... son of Keith and Tracy Kepley has one brother ... father captained the Duke University golf team ... grandfather Richard Moser played football at Northwestern under Ara Parseghian ... in addition to the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Reds, roots for the Chelsea Football Club ... enjoys golf.


Complete Career Statistics

PUNTING g no. yards long avg in20 fc tb 50+
2013 10 53 1944 47 36.7 13 30 2 0
2014 10 39 1516 59 38.9 10 15 2 4
2015 10 49 1835 60 37.4 15 20 3 5
2016 10 57 2011 53 35.3 14 25 1 4
TOTAL 40 198 7306 60 36.9 52 90 8 13

 

KICKOFFS g no. yards tb avg
2013 10 0 0 0 0.0
2014 10 1 48 0 48.0
2015 10 0 0 0 0.0
2016 10 0 0 0 0.0
TOTAL 40 1 48 0 48.0

 

PASSING g cmp-att-int yards td long pct avg/p avg/g effic
2013 10 0-0-0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00
2014 10 0-0-0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00
2015 10 1-1-0 5 0 5 100.0 5.0 0.5 142.00
2016 10 0-0-0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00
TOTAL 40 1-1-0 5 0 5 100.0 5.0 0.1 142.00

 

TOTAL OFFENSE g rush pass total avg/g
2013 10 0 0 0 0.0
2014 10 0 0 0 0.0
2015 10 0 5 5 0.5
2016 10 0 0 0 0.0
TOTAL 40 0 5 5 0.1
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Highlights: Ben Kepley, Ivy Special Teams Player of the Week, Oct. 26, 2015