23 Joey Kropp
23 - Joey Kropp
Height: 5-11
Weight: 195
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.
High School: Rolling Meadows
Position: DB
Major: Business
Career Stats DEFENSE PUNT RETURNS KICKOFF RETURNS
YEAR GP SOLO ASST. TOTAL TFL INT NO. YDS AVG LONG TD NO. YDS AVG LONG
2011 10 1 0 1 0.0 0 2 12 6.0 12 0 20 430 21.5 78
2012 10 2 0 2 0.0 0 6 69 11.5 25 0 10 177 17.7 37
2013 10 30 11 41 0.0 3 24 277 11.5 41 1 2 63 31.5 50
2014 10 35 29 64 3.5 1 25 199 8.0 45 0 14 344 24.6 47
CAREER 40 68 40 108 3.5 4 57 557 9.8 45 1 46 1014 22.0 78

 

Career Single-Game Highs (through 2014)
CATEGORY NO. OPPONENT / DATE
Tackles 11 vs. Gustavus Adolphus College on Sept. 13, 2014
Interceptions 1 Four Times (last vs. Grinnell College on Nov. 8, 2014)
Kickoff Return Yards 113 at Concordia University Chicago on Sept. 3, 2011
Punt Return Yards 119 vs. Concordia University Chicago on Sept. 7, 2013

 

Awards
YEAR AWARDS
2011 1st varsity letter
2012 2nd varsity letter
2013 3rd varsity letter
Midwest Conference Special Teams Performer of the Week (Nov. 4)
2014

4th varsity letter
Team Captain
First Team All-Midwest Conference South Division
Tazon de Estrellas (Game of the Stars) Defensive Most Valuable Player
Forester Commitment Award
Nicholas J. Wasylik Senior Athletic Award 

Academic All-Midwest Conference



 

Other Notables
YEAR NOTES
2011 Played in every game
Led the team in kickoff return average and ranked second on the squad in kickoff returns and yards
Posted the sixth-highest kickoff return yardage total in team history
Returned a kickoff for a team-high 78 yards at Concordia University of Chicago on Sept. 3
Recorded first career reception against Illinois College on Sept. 17
Made first career tackle on a kickoff return against Monmouth College on Oct. 15
2012 Appeared in every game for the second straight season
Served as the team's holder for field goals and extra points
Led the Foresters in punt returns and yards and ranked second in kickoff returns and yards
Finished fifth on the squad in all-purpose yards
Season yards-per-punt-return average ranks sixth in program history
Had a season-long 37-yard kickoff return in opener at Concordia University Chicago on Sept. 1
Recorded a tackle against Lawrence University on Sept. 8 and at Grinnell College on Sept. 15
Had a 23-yard punt return at Carroll on Sept. 29 and a season-long 25-yarder against Cornell on Oct. 20
2013 Started every game at safety and served as the team's primary punt returner
Ranked eighth on the team in tackles
Made at least two tackles in all but one game and five or more five times
Season punt return totals rank third in team history in yards, fourth in returns, and sixth in average
Returned four punts for 119 yards in season opener against Concordia University Chicago on Sept. 7
Recorded first career interception against Grinnell College on Sept. 21
Also picked off a pass at Knox College on Sept. 28 and in Homecoming victory over Carroll University on Oct. 5
Had a season-high 10 tackles at Illinois College on Oct. 12
Made five tackles in back-to-back road games at Cornell College on Oct. 26 and Ripon College on Nov. 2
Also had a 41-yard punt return touchdown and 50-yard kickoff return at Ripon College on Nov. 2
Finished year ranked first in team history with 11.2 yards per punt return and 358 punt return yards in his career
2014 Started every game as safety for the second straight season
Led the Foresters in all punt and kickoff return categories and served as holder during most of the season
Finished third on the team in tackles and fifth in tackles for loss
Posted the sixth-most punt return yards in a season and ninth-best kickoff return average in program history
Ranked second in the Midwest Conference in yards per punt return and third in yards per kickoff return
Made at least one tackle in every game and five or more eight times
Led the team with a season-high 11 tackles and added 119 return yards against Gustavus Adolphus College on Sept. 13
Recorded first career tackle for loss against Carroll University on Sept. 20
Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles and forced a fumble at Beloit College on Sept. 27
Racked up 120 return yards, made six tackles, and forced a fumble at Knox College on Oct. 4
Made nine tackles against Monmouth College on Oct. 18 and seven at Cornell College on Nov. 1
Intercepted a pass and had five tackles against Grinnell College on Nov. 8
Recorded eight tackles in season finale against Ripon College on Nov. 15
Intercepted a pair of passes in the Tazon de Estrellas (Game of the Stars) in Puebla, Mexico, on Dec. 20
Finished as program's career leader in punt return yards and ranked second in punt return average
Also ranks fourth in team annals in kickoff return yards and fifth in yards per kickoff return