Tyler Fredrickson

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Tyler Fredrickson
Fredrickson at Cal.jpg
Fredrickson at Cal
No. 16
Placekicker/Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-02-26) February 26, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Santa Barbara, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Goleta (CA) Dos Pueblos
College: California
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2008 for the Los Angeles Avengers
Last played in 2008 for the Los Angeles Avengers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Career Arena football statistics
FG Made 4
FG Att 7
PAT Made 46
PAT Att 52
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Tyler Fredrickson (born February 26, 1981) is a former American football placekicker in the Arena Football League (AFL). He most recently played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders in 3 preseason games during the 2007 season but was cut on September 2 before the start of the regular season. While with Oakland, he connected on a 49-yard field goal versus the Arizona Cardinals and handled all punting and placekicking duties during the team's final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks (avg. 49 yds on 5 punts).

He signed a three-year deal (to have kept him in Los Angeles through the 2010 season) with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League on April 24, mid-way through the 2008 season. He played in their final eight games.

Early life[edit]

Born to parents Mark Fredrickson and Mimi Lessett, Fredrickson attended Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, where he played both football and soccer. As a senior, he was named second team All-CIF Southern Section punter as a senior. As a placekicker, once booted three field goals, including the game-winner with four seconds left, to beat Cabrillo High School, 9-7. As a soccer player, he was a four-time all-league performer.

College career[edit]

Cal beats Virginia Tech, 52-49

A dual threat during his collegiate career at the University of California, Berkeley, Fredrickson served as both the punter and placekicker in 2003 - a feat yet to have been repeated since Ryan Longwell some seven years prior. He was the Golden Bears’ starting punter for three seasons and doubled as the placekicker as a senior in 2003. Fredrickson punted 198 times for Cal, averaging 39.4 yards per boot. While handling the placekicking duties, he converted on attempts from 51 and 53 yards out, registering the third and fifth-longest field goals in Golden Bear history.

Perhaps his most famous kick was the 38-yarder he nailed in triple-overtime to beat then-No. 1 USC on September 27, 2003, which was the Trojans’ only loss within a span of 46 games (USC was on an 11-game winning streak coming in and went on to win its next 34 games after losing at Cal). Game was hailed as the Number 3 All Time Greatest Pac-12 game in history by Bleacher Report. Also nailed a 34-yarder with 2 seconds left to best Virginia Tech 52-49 during the 2003 Insight Bowl in Phoenix, Az.

Boasted a 3.44 grade-point average as a Cal film major and received his Master's Degree in Education (Language, Literacy, Society & Culture emphasis) also at Berkeley...

2002 ... uncorked seven punts of 50 yards or better during the campaign and placed a career-high 19 kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line ... averaged 44.8 yards on four punts at Michigan State, including a career-best 66-yarder against the Spartans ... also averaged 41.9 yards vs. UCLA, including three punts of 50 or more yards and three which landed inside the Bruins' 20-yard line ... turned in a 42.3 average in the Washington game ...

2001 ... a revelation in his first year of full-time duty, finishing in fifth-place tie in the Pac-10 with 39.5 yards per punt average ... exploded out of blocks by averaging 42.2 yards per punt (22 for 929 yards) his first four games ... was brilliant in consecutive game stretch in which he averaged 43.1 yards (8 for 345) with a long of 55 yards at Washington State Sept. 22 and punted at 42.7 clip (7 for 299) with long of 57 yards vs. Washington Sept. 29 ... only averaged under 38 yards per punt twice all season (37.9 vs. Oregon and 37.4 at Rutgers) ...

2000 ... punted in two games in relief of an injured Nick Harris ... had three kicks for a 31.3 average, including a long of 43, in the opener vs. Utah ... also punted once for 23 yards at Arizona State.

Professional career[edit]

NFL attempts[edit]

Fredrickson with the Oakland Raiders

Fredrickson signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks following the 2004 NFL Draft, but was waived during training camp, after kicking on Monday Night Football versus the Green Bay Packers. A year later, he was in training camp with the Denver Broncos, followed by a stint in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals.[1] In 2006, Fredrickson resigned with the Broncos, only to be released once again prior to the start of training camp. Six days later he was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and kicked a 49-yard field goal during a preseason Monday Night Football game versus the New Orleans Saints before being released. Prior to the start of the 2007 NFL season, he spent time with both the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders. Fredrickson has also had tryouts with the Baltimore Ravens, NY Jets, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Los Angeles Avengers[edit]

He signed a three-year deal (to have kept him in Los Angeles through the 2010 season) with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League on April 24, mid-way through the 2008 season. He played in their final eight games.[2]

Post football career[edit]

  • Directed, edited, & sold Countdown to Kickoff, a festival-selected documentary on the 2003 Cal Football Team as seen on ESPN, Fox Sports NET, & HDtv, & read about in the SF Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Daily Californian & numerous national websites.
  • Featured prominently in "A FEW SECONDS OF PANIC", by Stefan Fatsis (Penguin Press, Published July 3, 2008)
  • In 2010, Fredrickson received his second Master's degree after graduating from the Peter Stark Producing Program in the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
  • In 2011, Fredrickson was a regular contributor to GeekWeek.com, a daily sports and entertainment blog. His "CAMP LEG" column was one of the most popular on the site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teams make roster cuts as training camp closes". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 5, 2006. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Tim Peterson (May 4, 2008). "Avengers Back in the Hunt". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 

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