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Pete Kontodiakos
Pete  Kontodiakos


Tarpon Springs, Fla.

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Punter Pete Kontodiakos finished his career in 2012 ranked No. 2 on Colorado State's all-time punting list with a gross average of 43.8 yards per punt...he was a three-time All-Mountain West choice; second team in 2010 and '11, first team in 2012...Kontodiakos punted 219 times in his career, tied for seventh-most among active NCAA punters at the end of the 2012 season....65 of his 219 punts (29.7%) traveled 50 or more yards...his 43.79 career punting average ranked 13th in the nation among active players at the end of his careeer and third-best among the group with 200 or more career punts.

2012 (Senior): Pete Kontodiakos earned first-team All-Mountain West honors and finished his career as one of the most accomplished punters in school history...broke Colorado State's single-season record for punting average in 2012 with a 46.5-yard average on a career-high 59 punts. He booted 19 of his punts 50 or more yards, and placed a career-high 19 punts inside the 20-yard line.

  • In season-opener against Colorado (Sept. 1), pinned the Buffaloes inside the 20 twice and had a punt of 69 yards.
  • Was voted a team captain by his peers prior to the home-opener against North Dakota State (Sept. 8).
  • In Colorado State's first true road game at San Jose State (Sept. 15) had a punt of 72 yards, which was the second-longest in the NCAA at the time. Earned honorable mention honors from the College Football Performance Awards as National Punter of the Week.
  • In his final battle for the Ram-Falcon Trophy at Air Force (Sept. 29) blasted a punt 73 yards and finished the game with four punts for an average of 53.0 yards. This 73-yard punt was the longest by a MW punter and at the time was the second-longest nationally. Had a 50-plus yard punt in six consecutive contests. Earned honorable mention honors from the College Football Performance Awards as National Punter of the Week for the second time this year.
  • Against Fresno State (Oct. 6) pinned the Bulldogs inside their own 20 twice.
  • On the road at San Diego State (Oct. 13) was only called on to punt once, a 46-yard bomb that dropped inside the Aztecs 10-yardline.
  • In CSU's home victory vs. Hawai'i (Oct. 27) he punted four times for 247 yards and had a long of 72 yards. His average of 61.8 yards per punt set a Mountain West record. This performance earned him Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week honors. This historic performance earned honorable mention honors from the College Football Performance Awards as National Punter of the Week. The third time this year he received this honor.
  • In the Rams second conference win of 2012, saw his average drop but was able to pin UNLV (Nov. 10) inside their own 20 three times.
  • On the road at Boise State (Nov. 17) punted a season-high eight punts with a long of 55. For the second time this season was voted by his teammates as a weekly captain.
  • Named to Phil Steele's mid-season all-Mountain West first-team.
  • Prior to the season kicking off, was voted first-team All-Mountain West by five media outlets: Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's, MW media, and Phil Steele. Also named to preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award and CFPA Punter Award, both honors given to the nation's top punter.

2011 (Junior): A Ray Guy Award candidate, played in all 12 games and earned second-team all-conference honors (MW coaches/media, Phil Steele)...Averaged a career-best 38.7 net yards per punt, and his 43.6 gross average was second in the Mountain West and 20th in the nation... Posted just four touchbacks, fewest by a CSU punter since 2004, when Jeff Babcock also had four (Kontodiakos had nine fewer punts)...Also blasted 20 total punts at least 50 yards, the most such punts by a Ram since Joey Huber had 23 in 2003...At New Mexico (Sept. 3) in season-opening win, pinned the Lobos inside their own 10 with a 44-yard punt...In home-opening win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), nearly saw the end of his consecutive-games streak, but did finally enter the game in the fourth quarter to deliver a 50-yard punt with a 3-yard loss on the return, netting 53...In exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), placed several punts deep in Aggies territory to keep the Rams in the game and quietly help CSU to a 35-34 triumph in double OT...Pinned USU inside the 20 three times, including a first-quarter punt downed at the 2, and a 54-yard third-quarter punt downed at the 4, just before Shaquil Barrett cut a 14-3 deficit by returning a fumble 15 yards for a TD...Also had punts of 53 and 59 yards against the Aggies...In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), pinned the Spartans inside their own 20 on three occasions, including 50- and 59-yard punts...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), averaged 48.5 yards on eight punts, including four punts over 50, and no touchbacks...Enjoyed one of the finest days of his career in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), averaging 51.4 yards on five punts, with two inside the 20 and two that traveled 64 yards, one of which pinned the Miners at their 3-yard line late in the first half...Battled overwhelming winds in 18-15 loss vs. UNLV, managing a 40-yarder into the teeth of one gust in the third quarter; averaged an impressive 41.8 yards (37.8 net)...Averaged 47.2 yards on five punts in loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), including a 61-yarder in the second quarter and a 57-yarder, with no return, in the fourth...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), had three punts, one for 51 yards and another that pinned the Cowboys at their own 1-yard line.

2010 (Sophomore): CSU's primary punter since taking over the job before his first practice as a true freshman in 2009, improved dramatically and garnered second-team all-conference honors from the league's coaches and media, as well as Phil Steele...Played in all 12 games...Finished with a 37.6-yard net punting average, up from 32.3 as a true freshman in 2009...Also improved his gross average from 40.9 in 2009 to 43.7 in 2010, and his 17 punts inside the 20 were the most by a CSU punter since all-conference selection Jimmie Kaylor had 19 in 2007....Booted his first 2010 punt 56 yards, in loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) in Denver, his 11th career of 50-plus yards...In tight, 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), averaged 51.5 yards on two punts, including a 57-yarder and one inside the 20; that gross average was the second-best performance by an MWC punter in 2010...Enjoyed outstanding afternoon in loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2); facing one of nation's most dangerous return men, Jeremy Kerley, compiled a net average of 40.4, and a gross of 49.8, on eight punts, limiting Kerley to just 35 yards on three returns...Nearly pinned TCU on its own 1-yard line before a 53-yard, first-quarter punt slipped past the Rams' cover man and into the end zone, then hit 67 and 51-yarders and placed two inside the 20...At No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23) and the nation's No. 3 punt returner, Shaky Smithson, averaged 46.6 yards on five punts, with a career-high four inside the 20; also posted an outstanding 45.6 net average...Pinned the Utes at their own 12 in the first quarter, then had 59- and 57-yarders in the second half...At SDSU (Nov. 6), compiled a 42.0 net punting average, and averaged 45.0 gross yards on three punts...In loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), pinned his opponent two more times inside the 20 and compiled a 39.7 net average...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), hit a 69-yard punt in the third quarter, his longest of the season and second-longest of his career and sixth punt of at least 60 yards over his first two seasons; earlier in Cowboys contest, hit a 45-yarder into a stiff wind, a fair catch.

2009 (Freshman): The punter for all 12 games, averaged 40.9 yards on 42 punts, with 12 inside the 20, 10 of 50-plus yards, and nine touchbacks...Named the Rams' No. 1 punter three days before fall camp began, made college debut at Colorado (Sept. 6), playing a key role in the field-position battle, averaging 42.2 net yards on five punts (44.2 gross); first college punt was a line drive of 41 yards, but good Rams coverage held CU to only a 2-yard return, then gave the Buffs a long field on three straight second-half punts, getting excellent hang time on a 43-yarder (fair catch) and 51-yarder (0-yard return)...In third quarter of 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), with the Rams trailing 23-17, punted 49 yards to pin the Wildcats at their own 8; CSU then forced an end-zone punt...Instrumental in Rams' 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), averaged 47.2 yards on six punts, with two inside the 20; boomed a 67-yarder in the first quarter, just prior to DeAngelo Wilkinson's fumble recovery that set up a TD, CSU's longest punt since Jeff Babcock hit an 89-yarder, the school record, vs. New Mexico, Oct. 30, 2004...His 76-yard encore in the second quarter was the sixth-longest punt in CSU history, and take away his 20-yard punt late in the first half, unsuccessfully trying to corner the Wolf Pack in its own territory, and the true freshman averaged 52.6 yards on five of his punts; earned conference special teams Player of the Week honors for his efforts...In conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), pinned a pair of punts inside the Cougars' 20...Averaged 49.0 yards on three punts in loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), including a 53-yarder and a pair inside the 20...In loss vs. SDSU (Oct. 24), twice pinned the Aztecs inside their 20 on fair catches, both into the wind...In loss at UNLV (Nov. 7), nailed a 67-yarder just before half, downed at the Rebels' 5...In 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), hit a 53-yarder without a return.

High School: The first-team punter on USA Today's All-America team, also received first-team All-America honors from EA Sports/ESPN.com and Maxpreps.com, and was honored as the best punter in the country by Ray Guy's prokicker.com after his senior season at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla. ...His punting helped the Cougars' defense hold their opponents to seven points five times in 2008...Helped CHS to a 7-4 record and a 5A District 9 championship, before it lost in the first round...Tied a school record with a 65-yard punt...On one 2008 punt, his 4.78-second hangtime was the best recorded in the state of Florida...Also played DB...Was named to the Pinellas all-star team...Had offers from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Purdue and New Mexico...Head coach was John Davis.

Personal: Given name Pantelis John Kontodiakos...Nicknamed Pete...Born Feb. 3, 1991, in Clearwater, Fla. ...Parents are John and Argie Kontodiakos...Has two older brothers...Father, John, punted for Miami (Fla.) from 1979-82...Dove for and retrieved the holy cross at the annual Tarpon Springs Epiphany Celebration, Jan. 6, 2009, following in the footsteps of his father, who had achieved the prestigious honor 30 years before; became the fifth member of his family to retrieve the cross, at the nation's largest Ephiphany celebration...Also follows Countryside alumni Harrison Beck (N.C. State QB), Sarver Brown (South Carolina OL), Jon Peattie (Miami, Fla., K), and Jeff Mitchell, the starting center in Super Bowl XXXV for the Baltimore Ravens...In June before the '11 season, assisted at a youth football clinic in Windsor, Colo., for kids ages 8-12...In February before 2011 spring practice, spoke to students at Olander School about good sportsmanship, working together and being motivated..Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...Brought smiles and a good time to elderly patients struggling to overcome surgeries and other health issues, at the Lemay Health and Rehab Facility in February before the '10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Tarpon Springs, Fla.

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2012 Colorado State (sr.) 11 56 2542 46.2 73 12 12 17 18 3

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