#63 | San Diego, CA | 6006 | 300 | 5.15E | 2018 | @JoeyKuperman | Agent: Michael Maye, Synergy Sports International
A versatile, stout mauler who fires out of his stance like a cannon, gets a head on a hip, stays low and is constantly winning the leverage battle inside the trenches. He demonstrates great in-game strength, which allows him to generate excellent push in the run game and enables him to hold his ground in pass protection. Constantly seeking out someone to hit and will be body-on-body until the whistle blows on every play. He spent 2014 playing left guard before switching over to right guard in 2015, where he started 11 games and eventually transitioned to center, where he started his final two seasons. He has been coached up well and has shown the ability to learn multiple positions, while adapting new techniques. He also possesses a rugby background, playing the sport for 14 years as a youth. Does a nice job with keeping his feet chopping but there is still room for refinement in pass protection. His size and arm length could make him better suited at center at the next level—he has experience playing with multiple starting quarterbacks during his time with the Mustangs. This man has done his job and dominated the Big Sky Conference level of competition—expect him to respond to the bell and be ready to fight with the big boys at the next level. His tenacious demeanor, toughness, smarts and consistent play will carry a lot of weight, as he should have an opportunity as a priority free agent to compete for a roster spot.
2017 (Sr.): Started all 12 games, finishing his career with 35 starts … was named Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention … helped Mustangs to No.2 rushing offense in the conference … part of an offensive line that allowed the second fewest sacks all season and was second in time of possession in the Big Sky Conference.
2016 (Jr.): Started all 12 games at center as a junior, replacing three-year starter Stephen Sippel, and earned first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors … helped Mustangs to No. 1 national ranking in team rushing for fourth consecutive year … offensive line also was No. 5 in sacks allowed and No. 7 in time of possession … played in 2017 Spring Game.
2015 (So.): Made all 11 starts as the right guard on Cal Poly’s offensive line … earned All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention praise … part of an offensive line that helped Mustangs finish No. 1 in the nation in rushing for the third straight year … Mustangs also were No. 3 in first downs, No. 8 in total offense, No. 10 in fewest sacks allowed and No. 17 in time of possession … played in 2016 Spring Game … played in 2016 Spring Game.
2014 (Fr.): Played in all 12 games, including a start at left guard in season finale at San Diego … part of an offensive line that helped the Mustang offense to a No. 1 national ranking in rushing, No. 4 in first downs, No. 6 in third-down conversions, No. 11 in total offense, No. 16 in fourth-down conversions and No. 17 in time of possession … played in 2015 Spring Game.
2013 (rFr.): Redshirt … played in 2014 Spring Game.
High School: Kuperman capped his senior season under head coach Sean Doyle at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego by landing a spot on the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Second Team (Medium Schools) as an offensive lineman. He also earned second-team CIF-San Diego Section and first-team All-Eastern League honors and was named to the 2012 n Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Football Team. Kuperman also was a team co-captain, voted the team’s best lineman and earned first-team All-San Diego Section honors as selected by Southern California Preps. The Dons were 0-11 in 2012, one year after capturing the CIF-San Diego Section Division III title with a 12-1 record. Kuperman earned second-team All-Eastern League honors, was the lone junior starter on the Dons’ offensive line in 2011 and was named defensive lineman MVP of the National Underclass Combine. Besides Cal Poly, Kuperman was recruited by Air Force, Navy, Army, San Diego, UC Davis and San Diego State, selecting Cal Poly “for multiple reasons: the great education it offers and then the opportunity to play football. I thought that there is no better place to do that than at Cal Poly. When I took my official visit, I just loved the school. I like the fact that it was close to home so my family can see me play. The atmosphere around the school was great and I also considered the opportunities I would have graduating from Cal Poly.” Kuperman, a three-year varsity football letter winner, also was a four-year rugby starter, played on three SoCal championship teams, a pair of runner-up squads and earned numerous postseason honors. He was invited to try out for the High School All-American Rugby Team in 2010 and competed on the 2011 Southern California Griffins All-Star Rugby Team.
Personal: Son of Alton and Morijo Kuperman … both parents are lawyers … one sister, Madi … enjoys playing golf in his free time and is a certified Scuba diver … member of Block P, Cal Poly’s letterman club … born June 2, 1995, in San Diego, Calif. … majors in business administration.