16 players compete in front of 20 scouts
Former Rams punter relishes opportunity to perform for NFL scouts and represent Colorado State
Annual Texas vs. the Nation college all-star bowl gathers top Division I talent
Year-End Review for 2012
Kontodiakos earns first-team honors, while Tanyi and Roberts make second-team
Colorado State vs. New Mexico
Colorado State vs. New Mexico; Nov. 24, 2012
Colorado State football at Boise State - 11-17-12
CSU football vs. UNLV - 11-10-12
CSU football vs. Hawai'i - Oct. 27, 2012
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.
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.