Mike Kuykendall

Mike Kuykendall

Player Profile

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Bend, Ore.

High School:
Bend High School

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 336

Position:
Offensive Guard

Birthdate:
10/31/1980

Experience:
3V

PERSONAL—Born 10/31/80 in Portland, OR...son of Mark and Cindy Kuykendall...has two brothers, Joe, 24, a former four-year letterman tight end on the OSU football team who completed his eligibility in 1998, and Patrick, 20, who served as a freshman manager on the Oregon State football team in 2000...he is in the College of Home Economics and Education with a major in human development and family studies and would like to be an elementary school teacher...entered OSU with a 3.55 GPA...Kobe Bryant and Orlando Pace are his two favorite athletes...his top prep athletic thrill was playing in the state football playoffs three years in a row...selected OSU because, “of the atmosphere, coaching staff and future opportunities.”

OSU—(2002—Senior)—Mike enters his senior year as the incumbent starter at left guard...he has played in all 35 games for OSU the past three years...he started 10 games for OSU in 2001, missing a start against Washington State...he opens on a streak of seven straight starts...he opened spring drills as the No. 1 left guard and he will report to fall camp in the same role...during winter conditioning, Mike did not perform back squats or power cleans to alleviate back problems that he has had since high school...he posted weightlifting bests of 320 in the bench press and 314 in the push press...his top vertical jump mark was 26 inches.

(2001—Junior)—After serving as a backup tackle/guard for two seasons, Mike started 10 games in 2001...he started the first three games of the season at right guard and the final seven games at left guard...he did not start at Washington State...he lettered as a freshman and sophomore as a backup lineman and a participant on special teams… he opened spring drills as the No. 2 left guard and was in a three-way battle with Tyler McClaughry and Kanan Sanchez…following spring drills, Mike was listed No. 1 at left guard…Mike improved his strength in the winter program and posted lifting bests of 325 in the bench press, 281.1 in the power clean and 385 in the squat.

(2000—Sophomore)—Mike played in all 12 games as a backup right tackle on offense and on special teams… Mike was one of the Beavers’ snappers for PATs and field goals...he entered spring drills as the No. 2 right tackle behind 1999 starter, Mitch White...Mike had a solid spring and reported to fall camp as the No. 2 right tackle and the No. 3 offensive tackle overall...he played both sides of the line...in the winter conditioning program, Mike posted weightlifting bests of 420 in the back squat, 305 in the bench press and 264 in the power clean.

(1999—Redshirt Freshman)—Mike played in all 12 games as a freshman, mostly on special teams...he also had some time on the field as a backup right tackle...gained valuable experience playing behind Mitch White...he moved to left tackle during spring drills and played behind Robert Sykes the entire spring...when fall camp opened, Mike was listed No. 3 at left tackle behind 1998 starters, Jason White, and Sykes...Mike moved to right tackle in fall camp and became the backup to Mitch White...in the weight room, Mike produced personal bests of 280 pounds in the hang clean, 320 in the bench press, 415 in the back squat and 245 in the incline...his top vertical jump is 24.00 inches.

(1998—Freshman)—Mike spent the 1998 season as a redshirt offensive tackle...listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind veteran Matt Gartung the entire season.

BEND HIGH SCHOOL, Bend, OR—(1995-98)—Mike was named a prep All-American and ranked as the #1 player in Oregon by PrepStar Magazine in its preseason issue...SuperPrep also selected him as an All-American in its January, 1997 issue and named him the 15th best offensive lineman in the Western region...SuperPrep Magazine named him the fifth best player in Northwest and #1 offensive lineman in the Northwest...SuperPrep also named him the 25th best offensive lineman in the nation...Mike was named a Northwest Nugget by the Tacoma News Tribune and rated as the 14th best player in the Northwest (Oregon, Washington and Alaska)...was also rated the 21st best offensive lineman in the nation by Jonathan Cromwell’s national Top 100...named second-team all-state by the Oregonian as a senior...Mike played in the North-South All-Star football game in Portland in the summer of 1998...he was a two-time all-league (Intermountain) selection at offensive tackle and honorable mention at defensive tackle his senior year...in one year of playing defensive tackle, he had 35 solo tackles, 63 assisted tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks...his best prep game was against Mt. View as a senior, a game in which he had 6 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 caused fumble and 11 pancake blocks...visited California before committing to Oregon State...was also recruited by Washington, ASU, Stanford and offered scholarships by most Pac-10 schools...Mike earned two letters in basketball and was a starting center his senior year...earned two letters as a shot putter in track and field...as a junior, Mike benched 315 pounds, squatted 490 pounds and cleaned 235 pounds...was OSU’s No. 1 offensive lineman recruit...Mike didn’t give up a sack in two years, according to Coach Craig Walker, while helping the Lava Bears to a 8-3 record and the second round of the 4A state playoffs...when Bend needed 4 yards rushing, they came his way...Mike played center on the basketball team and threw the shot put and discus in track...coach Walker said, “Mike is the best offensive lineman that we have ever produced here at Bend. He has great athletic ability. He is very graceful in his movement.”

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