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)


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]


NCAA Division 1 Pacific-12 Conference 2011

Oregon Ducks141220  .857
Stanford Cardinal131120  .846
Washington Huskies13760  .538
California Golden Bears13760  .538
Oregon State Beavers12390  .250
Washington State Cougars12480  .333
Southern California Trojans121020  .833
California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins14680  .429
Utah Utes13850  .615
Arizona State Sun Devils13670  .462
Arizona Wildcats12480  .333


NCAA Division 1 Pacific-12 Conference 2012

Oregon Ducks131210  .923
Stanford Cardinal141220  .857
Oregon State Beavers13940  .692
Washington Huskies13760  .538
California Golden Bears12390  .250
Washington State Cougars12390  .250
UCLA California-Los Angeles Bruins14950  .643
Arizona State Sun Devils13850  .615
Southern California Trojans13760  .538
Arizona Wildcats14850  .615
Utah Utes12570  .417


NCAA Division 1 Pacific-12 Conference 2013

Oregon Ducks131120  .846
Stanford Cardinal141130  .786
Washington Huskies13940  .692
Oregon State Beavers13760  .538
Washington State Huskies13670  .462
California Golden Eagles121110  .083
Arizona State Sun Devils141040  .714
UCLA California-Los Angeles Bruins131030  .769
Southern California Trojans141040  .714
Arizona Wildcats13850  .615
Utah Utes12570  .417


NCAA Division 1 Pacific-12 Conference 2014

Oregon Ducks151320  .867
Stanford Cardinal13850  .615
Washington Huskies14860  .571
California Golden Bears12570  .417
Oregon State Beavers12570  .417
Washington State Cougars12390  .250
Arizona Wildcats141040  .714
Arizona State Sun Devils131030  .769
UCLA California-Los Angeles Bruins131030  .769
Southern California Trojans13940  .692
Utah Utes13940  .692


Yearly Statistics

 KickoffsAvg YdsXPMXPAXP%FGMFGAFG%PtsPuntsYdsAvg



[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]


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

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