Kirk Yliniemi

Kirk Yliniemi

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Monmouth, Oregon

High School:
Central High School

Last College:
University of Oregon

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 207

Position:
Kicker

Birthdate:
11/21/1980

Experience:
2V

PERSONAL—(Pronounced—Ill-uh-knee-mee)-born 11/21/80 in Denver, CO...son of Carey and Elizabeth Yliniemi...he is in the College of Engineering and is a construction engineering management major...he has three brothers and sisters, Ben, 20; Ellen, 18 and Logan, 15...entered OSU with a 3.96 GPA out of Central High School...enjoys soccer, snowboarding and weightlifting...he was on the honor roll at Central every semester...he was a three-time Rotary Club math award winner...his top athletic thrill as a prep was kicking a 52-yard field goal in the state playoffs...he selected OSU because, “it is a good academic school which offered a great chance at playing Division I football.”

OSU—(2003—Senior)—Kirk had a sensational junior year, scoring 90 points...he set a school record by successfully booting 15 straight field goals, which also ties the OSU career record...he enters the season with an opportunity to hold the career mark by himself if he is successful on his first field goal attempt in 2003...he played the 2002 season as a walk-on and was put on scholarship at the start of winter quarter in 2003...he has been successful on 50 of 51 PAT attempts and 18 of 20 field goals...his only PAT miss was following a 15-yard penalty which forced him to kick a 35-yard PAT into a strong wind at Washington...his only two misses at field goals came on a 32-yarder at Oregon in 2001 and a 31-yarder at Temple in 2002...his career-long is 50 yards, vs. Washington (2002) and against Pittsburgh at the 2002 Insight Bowl...OSU special teams coach LeCharls McDaniel feels Kirk is one of the most accurate kickers he has coached in his career...each year he has been at OSU, Kirk’s range has increased...he certainly has to be a strong candidate for postseason honors and for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation’s outstanding kicker...he has scored 104 points in his OSU career, which ranks in a tie for 21st on the Beavers’ all-time list...he goes into the season having kicked 12 straight PATs, in addition to 15 straight field goals...Kirk is a fine all-around athlete...he has posted career weightlifting bests of 370 in the back squat, 280 in the bench press, 275.6 in the power clean and 275.6 in the push press...he has a vertical jump best of 29.5 inches and he has run the 40 at OSU in 4.69.

(2002—Junior)—Kirk is a great success story...Kirk scored 90 points in 2002 as OSU’s No. 1 place-kicker and earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 honors...he also was selected as a second team pick on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic team...he was also selected to the Verizon District VIII All-Academic second team...Kirk, who was a walk-on place kicker in 2002, became OSU’s place-kicker partially as a result of Ryan Cesca’s late-season slump in 2001 and Kirk’s heroics at the end of the 2001 season as Cesca’s replacement...the two were locked in a tough battle all spring to determine which kicker would be OSU’s place-kicker in 2002, and the battle carried over into fall camp before Kirk won the job...Kirk was successful on making 15 of 16 field goals, including the last 15 in a row, which is a season record at OSU and tied the career record also held by Jim Nielsen...Kirk made 45 of 46 PAT attempts and scored a total of 90 points, which ranks seventh on OSU’s single-season scoring list...his lone PAT miss was at Washington when the Beavers were penalized 15 yards and the kick came from 35 yards away...that miss stopped a streak of 77 straight successful PAT boots by a combination of Yliniemi and Cesca...Kirk missed his first field goal attempt of the season, a 32-yarder at Temple...he followed by making all 15 attempts the rest of the season, starting with a 45-yarder vs. UNLV...he booted three field goals at ASU, Washington and Stanford...he kicked a career-long 50-yarder at Washington...he was named the Pacific-10 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week following the Stanford game...in his career, Kirk has now scored 104 points...he has made 18 of 20 field goals and 50 of 51 PATs...both of his missed field goals were between 30 and 40 yards...he is a perfect 5-for-5 from 40 to 50 yards and 2-for-2 over 50 yards...Kirk reported to fall camp as the No. 2 place-kicker on the depth chart...during winter conditioning, Kirk posted weightlifting bests of 340 in the back squat, 240 in the bench press, 248 in the power clean and 226 in the push press...his vertical jump best was 29 inches.

(2001—Sophomore)—Kirk remained a walk-on place-kicker when the 2001 season opened...he moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart behind veteran Ryan Cesca when the season opened...Cesca ran into some consistency problems late in the season which opened the door for Kirk...when Cesca missed two field goals against Northern Arizona, Kirk was called in to kick and responded with a 21-yard field goal and four PAT kicks...he kicked the following week in the Civil War against Oregon and was successful on a 43-yard field goal and a 28-yarder...he missed a 32-yard attempt and booted his only PAT attempt...he scored 14 points on the season...Kirk was listed No. 3 on the depth chart at place-kicker when fall camp opened, behind Cesca and Mike White…in the winter program, Kirk posted lifting bests of 260 in the bench press, 248 in the power clean and 320 in the squat.

(2000—Redshirt Freshman)--Kirk entered OSU in spring quarter of 2000, after transferring from the University of Oregon...turned out for football as a walk-on place-kicker in spring practice...Kirk displayed a strong leg during spring drills...he booted a 22-yard field goal in scrimmage No. 2, his only attempt at a field goal during the spring...he made his only PAT attempt in the Spring Game for the Black squad...he reported to fall camp listed No. 4 on the depth chart among the four returning place-kickers.

OREGON—(1999)—Kirk enrolled at the University of Oregon in the fall of 1999 but did not participate in any sports...he transferred to Oregon State for the start of spring quarter.

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, Monmouth, OR—(1995-99)—Kirk earned four letters in soccer, three in baseball and two in football at Central...he played football for Coach Bill Coutts...Central rolled up records of 8-3 and 12-1 in his junior and senior years...Central is a 3A school in the Capital Conference...he was a first team all-state (The Oregonian) selection as a senior place kicker...he was a first team all-league selection as a place kicker...he set an Oregon high school state playoff record by booting a 52-yard field goal vs. Hidden Valley (11/28/99)...he was a perfect 7-for-7 on PATs and 2-for-2 on field goals in the playoffs...he also booted a 41-yard field goal...he also kicked a winning field goal with under a minute remaining to beat Astoria in the first game of the season in 1999...in soccer, he was a second team all-state selection and a first team all-league, all-region and team MVP pick as a senior, plus he served as team captain...as a junior, he was first team all-league, all-region and team MVP and captain...he played outfield, shortstop and first base in baseball.

Kirk Yliniemi's Career Statistics
Year    FGM-FGA  .PCT   Long   PAT-PAT 
2002     15-16   .938    50     45-46
2001      3-4    .750    43      5-5 
Total    18-20   .800    50     50-51
  

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