Iowa State football’s punter, and probably the nationally best known name for the Cyclones, has made more headlines during the offseason. This time, he’s made the Big 12‘s preseason all-star team.
Kirby Van Der Kamp is listed as the Big 12′s starting punter. This is the first time the senior from West Des Moines has been on the conference’s preseason team. He joins three other players on the team that also were named on the All-Big 12 second team after last season.
As this blog’s stated multiple times as the award watch lists crank out for Van Der Kamp, he will be a huge factor in most of Iowa State’s games. The offense will struggle at times as Sam Richardson adapts to being the next leader for the Cyclones, and having Van Der Kamp there to bail them out from poor field position will be necessary for the team to have success.
Considering how well the senior punted has played for Iowa State, he should be able to do that and is worthy of beating out the other punters in the Big 12.
Quinn Sharp, punter for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, was named on the team last season. While he was never bad against the Cyclones, he did miss a critical field goal at the end of the huge upset in 2011 and had his lowest point total against them last season.
No other Cyclones made the preseason list, but the entire roster can be seen here.