ISU punter Van Der Kamp gets invite to Senior Bowl

AMES – Iowa State punter Kirby Van Der Kamp has been invited to participate in one of the oldest annual college football all-star games.

The invitation for the senior Cyclone and three-time all-Big 12 selection is for the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Van Der Kamp, widely regarded as one of the best punters in the nation, has booted 17 punts further than 50 yards this season while pinning opposing offenses inside their own 20-yard line 25 times. His career average of 42.6 is the second-best total in school history and the 20th best average in NCAA history.

ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. currently has Van Der Kamp ranked as the top punter in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Senior Bowl is an annual all-star game in Mobile, Ala., where NFL prospects who have expired their NCAA eligibilty get the chance to showcase their abilities. Iowa State has sent 23 players and one coach to the Senior Bowl. Leonard Johnson and Kelechi Osemele were the most recent participants in 2011.

This year’s game will be played Jan. 25, 2014.

Van Der Kamp will play in front of ISU’s home fans for the final time Saturday when the Cyclones host Kansas on Senior Night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.