American Football, Irish American Football Players

Darragh O'Neill | Irish Born College American Football Player 2011-2014

Darragh O’Neill – Irish-Born Colorado Buffaloes Player (NCAA Div. 1) 2011-2014 [7]

Darragh O’Neill – Colorado Buffaloes 2011 Roster Photo – Courtesy CU Buffaloes

Born: Cork, Ireland

Position: Punter

University: University of Colorado Buffaloes (NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Series)

Biography:

Darragh O’Neill was born in Cork and moved to America when he was three, growing up in Louisville, Colorado. He played as a punter in the National Collegiate Athletic Association from 2011-2014 for the Colorado Buffaloes. He was ranked 18th in America at College level in 2012 with an average of 43 Yards per Punt.[1]

Career Summary: 2011: In 2011 he became the fifth player in Colorado University to play as the team’s regular punter as a freshman. He played all 13 games, and became the first walk-on to play as a true freshman since 1986. He was three times selected as an honorable mention for Performer of the week by Intersport during the season. He also earned second-team All-American Freshman (Top College Player Award) from both collegefootballnews.com and Phil Steele’s College Football. He was also rivals.com first team Pac-12 Conference Freshman. His 42.6 punt average was the second best in America by a Freshman. His Net Average also broke the Colorado University Freshman Record. [6]

2012: In 2012 Darragh earned honorable mention All-American from the prestigious Sports Illustrated and honorable mention All-Pac 12 from the coaches. He averaged 43.5 Yards per punt and played in all 12 games, consistetly hitting 42.5 Yards or more in 9 of those games.[6]

2013: His average dipped a bit in 2013, to 40.5 yards from 66 puunts but this was because the average yardline he punted from moved to the 37 yardline from the 32 yardline in 2012. He made some school history, however, scoring on a 2-point conversion run against Charleston Southern, becoming the first ever Colorado University Punter to score on a 2-point conversion run.[6]

2014: His best season came in 2014, earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 from the coaches, His average hit a career-high of 44.14 yards per punt. Darragh also placed a Colorado University record 27 punts inside opposition’s 20 Yard line. He won the Iron Buffalo Award for specialists for his work in the weightroom, and also a fourth-team choice by Phil Steele’s College Football.[6]

[1][6]

NCAA Division 1 Pacific-12 Conference 2011

  P W L T PF PA Pct
North              
Oregon Ducks 14 12 2 0     .857
Stanford Cardinal 13 11 2 0     .846
Washington Huskies 13 7 6 0     .538
California Golden Bears 13 7 6 0     .538
Oregon State Beavers 12 3 9 0     .250
Washington State Cougars 12 4 8 0     .333
South              
Southern California Trojans 12 10 2 0     .833
California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins 14 6 8 0     .429
Utah Utes 13 8 5 0     .615
Arizona State Sun Devils 13 6 7 0     .462
Arizona Wildcats 12 4 8 0     .333
COLORADO BUFFALOES 13 3 10 0     .231

[2]

NCAA Division 1 Pacific-12 Conference 2012

  P W L T PF PA Pct
North              
Oregon Ducks 13 12 1 0     .923
Stanford Cardinal 14 12 2 0     .857
Oregon State Beavers 13 9 4 0     .692
Washington Huskies 13 7 6 0     .538
California Golden Bears 12 3 9 0     .250
Washington State Cougars 12 3 9 0     .250
South              
UCLA California-Los Angeles Bruins 14 9 5 0     .643
Arizona State Sun Devils 13 8 5 0     .615
Southern California Trojans 13 7 6 0     .538
Arizona Wildcats 14 8 5 0     .615
Utah Utes 12 5 7 0     .417
COLORADO BUFFALOES 12 1 11 0     .083

[3]

NCAA Division 1 Pacific-12 Conference 2013

  P W L T PF PA Pct
North              
Oregon Ducks 13 11 2 0     .846
Stanford Cardinal 14 11 3 0     .786
Washington Huskies 13 9 4 0     .692
Oregon State Beavers 13 7 6 0     .538
Washington State Huskies 13 6 7 0     .462
California Golden Eagles 12 1 11 0     .083
South              
Arizona State Sun Devils 14 10 4 0     .714
UCLA California-Los Angeles Bruins 13 10 3 0     .769
Southern California Trojans 14 10 4 0     .714
Arizona Wildcats 13 8 5 0     .615
Utah Utes 12 5 7 0     .417
COLORADO BUFFALOES 12 4 8 0     .333

[4]

NCAA Division 1 Pacific-12 Conference 2014

  P W L T PF PA Pct
North              
Oregon Ducks 15 13 2 0     .867
Stanford Cardinal 13 8 5 0     .615
Washington Huskies 14 8 6 0     .571
California Golden Bears 12 5 7 0     .417
Oregon State Beavers 12 5 7 0     .417
Washington State Cougars 12 3 9 0     .250
South              
Arizona Wildcats 14 10 4 0     .714
Arizona State Sun Devils 13 10 3 0     .769
UCLA California-Los Angeles Bruins 13 10 3 0     .769
Southern California Trojans 13 9 4 0     .692
Utah Utes 13 9 4 0     .692
COLORADO BUFFALOES 12 2 10 0     .167

[5]

Yearly Statistics

  Kicking Punting
  Kickoffs Avg Yds XPM XPA XP% FGM FGA FG% Pts Punts Yds Avg
2011 74 3152 42.6
2012 76 3307 43.5
2013 66 2673 40.5
2014 65 2869 44.1
Total 281 12001 42.7

[6]

Websites

[1] Eoghan McNeill – Irish Independent – August 28 (2014) “Video: Cork-born American football star to fulfil childhood dream of playing at Croke Park” [Internet] Available from: https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/video-corkborn-american-football-star-to-fulfil-childhood-dream-of-playing-at-croke-park-30544419.html [Accessed 7 May 2018]

[2] Sport Reference (2011) 2011 Pacific 12 Conference Year Summary [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/pac-12/2011.html [Accessed 7 May 2018]

[3] Sport Reference (2012) 2012 Pacific 12 Conference Year Summary [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/pac-12/2012.html [Accessed 7 May 2018]

[4] Sport Reference (2013) 2013 Pacific 12 Conference Year Summary [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/pac-12/2013.html [Accessed 7 May 2018]

[5] Sport Reference (2014) 2014 Pacific 12 Conference Year Summary [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/pac-12/2014.html [Accessed 7 May 2018]

[6] CU Buffs (2014) 2011 Football Roster – 8 Darragh O’Neill [Internet] Available from: http://cubuffs.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=276 [Accessed 7 May 2018]

[7] CU Buffs (2014) 2011 Football Roster – 8 Darragh O’Neill Picture [Internet] Available from: http://cubuffs.com/images/2014/5/9/WVMUHCRXSUGWUEI.20140509181056.jpg?width=300 [Accessed 9 May 2018]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Sean Douglas of the Dubliin Rebels (Irish American Football League).

 

About this document

 

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 29 November 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019

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