03/16/2013 - 2013 EWU Pro Day: Kaufman Improves Four Marks at Pro Day...The weather conditions weren't good by any stretch of the imagination, but the marks were much better for six former Eastern Washington University football players who tested in front of 18 National Football League scouts on EWU's annual Pro Day Wednesday (March 6) in Cheney, Wash.
Wide receiver Brandon Kaufman, who participated in February's NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., improved on four marks, and several other players had impressive marks as well. But the weather - including a deluge of snow, sleet and rain that even caused a five-minute power outage - forced some of the testing indoors and limited the passing and catching drills scheduled later in the afternoon.
"I think it was a really good Pro Day - everyone did really well," said Kaufman, who helped the Eagles to the NCAA Division I title in 2010 and a semifinal appearance in the playoffs this past fall. "The weather wasn't ideal, but we were all willing to run routes - we've played in snow like this before." - EWU football
03/16/2013 - 2013 EWU Pro Day: Because of the weather, only the 40 took place outdoors, just before the storm hit. The rest of the running drills took place on a new surface in the EWU Strength and Conditioning Center. "Overall I think all the numbers were good, even though we went inside and had to run on that new surface, which we were unfamiliar with," said Kaufman. "But I think we all did well on it and adjusted. That's all you can do."
At the combine, Kaufman had a 68.0 grade that ranked 18th among the group of 38 wide receivers. The second-tallest (6-foot-5) and seventh-biggest receiver at the combine (216 pounds), Kaufman also had a vertical jump of 33 1/2 inches in Indianapolis. That combination of attributes helped him consistently out-position and out-jump defensive backs for the ball in his 42-game career for the Eagles.
"That was a great experience - you just have to appreciate the process and be grateful you are there," he said. "It was a long four days, but overall I'm extremely grateful I got the chance to meet with all the teams and showcase myself in front of everybody." - EWU football
03/16/2013 - 2013 EWU Pro Day: The two-time FCS All-American caught 221 passes for 3,731 yards (16.9 per catch) and 33 touchdowns in his career as a 37-game starter. He had a FCS-record 1,850 yards receiving in 2012, to go along with 93 receptions and 16 TDs. Besides Kaufman, Herd and Johnson are both represented by Cameron Foster and the Foster Easley Sports Management Group of Seattle, which also represents former Eagle and NFL All-Pro offensive tackle Michael Roos. "We just keep training - finally some football training," added Kaufman. "We get to run some hills and routes finally instead of just running in a straight line and using starts which we never might use again." - EWU football
03/08/2013 - 2013 Eastern Washington Pro Day: Representatives from 19 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held March 6 at Eastern Washington in Cheney, Wash., where seven players participated in a workout that was interrupted by weather. The event was held outdoors, and was forced indoors following the running of the 40-yard dashes due to a winter storm that dumped hail and snow on the area. The shuttle runs and three-cone drills were run indoors.
Brandon Kaufman, WR (6-5 1/4, 215) - Kaufman ran the 40 in 4.58 seconds with the wind and 4.63 against the wind. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump. His short shuttle time was 4.55 seconds and the three-cone drill was done in 6.96 seconds. Kaufman was at the NFL Scouting Combine. Since the wide receivers weren't able to run routes outdoors due to the inclement weather situation, Washington State coach Mike Leach invited the players to work out at the Cougars' pro day on March 7. Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel threw passes to the receivers. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/07/2013 - 2013 Eastern Washington Pro Day: In order to still have a chance to impress scouts -- there were representatives from 18 teams at Eastern on Wednesday -- the receivers are expected to join Washington State players for their pro day Wednesday at 10 a.m. Padron is planning on participating in Southern Methodist's pro day on March 27. The quarterback started his collegiate career with SMU before transferring to Eastern Washington.
Despite the technical hiccups, the players put up some impressive numbers. Kaufman improved upon the 40-yard dash time he clocked at the NFL combine. The 6-foot-5 receiver was clocked at 4.57 on Wednesday, faster than the 4.67 he ran in Indianapolis. Edwards was impressive in the vertical jump, with a mark of 40 inches. In comparison, the highest jump by a receiver at the combine this year was 39.5 inches. "I think this was a really good pro day, I think everyone did well," Kaufman said. "I was doing good things on the field that they admired, I think. They were waiting for something like a 4.50, [40-yard dash]. Even though the receivers will not be able to run routs with Padron delivering the ball, there is familiarity with Tuel, who has been working out with them.
"I've worked with him in down in Florida and then a couple days ago ran up there [to Washington State]," said Kaufman of Tuel. - Josh Liebeskind, KHQ TV6 News
01/10/2013 - For the second time in three years, FCS powerhouse Eastern Washington will be losing a record-breaking underclassman to the allure of professional football. Two-time All-American wide receiver Brandon Kaufman has signed with an agent according to the school's website, thereby giving up any collegiate eligibility. He is hoping to join former teammate Taiwan Jones, who aso left EWU after his junior season. The speedy running back was a fourth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2011. Safety Matt Johnson went the more conventional route and the senior was a fourth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys last April. Like Jones, who rushed for 1,742 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2010, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Kaufman proved to be a virtual man amongst boys at the FCS level.
Playing in 42 games over four seasons, Kaufman hauled in 221 passes for 3,731 yards and 33 touchdowns. He currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 24 wide receiver for the 2013 draft and a potential fifth- to sixth-round pick. As the featured target in Eastern's spread offense, Kaufman was sure to be productive. But it's his size, deceptive build-up speed, reliable hands and, frankly, his consistency, which has caught the attention of talent evaluators. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
01/10/2013 - Kaufman's breakout sophomore campaign came in 2010 when he caught 76 passes for 1,214 yards and 15 touchdowns and helped lead the Eagles to the national championship with nine catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the title game against Delaware. He missed the 2011 season with hand and knee injuries which required surgery but bounced back nicely in 2012, breaking the FCS single-season record with 1,850 receiving yards on 93 catches (19.9 yard average) and scoring 16 touchdowns.
While much of his production came against questionable competition, Kaufman was awfully impressive when pitted against BCS opponents, as well. While the secondaries at Washington, Washington State, Idaho and Nevada aren't going to be confused with NFL units any time soon, Kaufman averaged six receptions for 116.25 yards and scored three touchdowns in these games. Under head coach Beau Baldwin (and previously Paul Wulff) the Eagles have become one of FCS' most explosive offenses. They'll have their work cut out for them in 2013, however, as their talented receiving corps of Baldwin and seniors Nicholas Edwards and Greg Herd have exhausted their eligibility. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
01/09/2013 - Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman has decided to skip his senior season and make himself eligible for the NFL draft. The team announced Wednesday that the two-time All-American has signed with an agent. Kaufman finished his 42-game college career with 221 catches for 3,731 yards and 33 touchdowns. Last season, he caught 93 passes and set an FCS record for single season receiving yards with 1,850 yards. Also leaving a year early will be EWU quarterback Kyle Padron. - AP Sports
01/09/2013 - Eastern Washington University junior wide receiver Brandon Kaufman is leaving the school early to enter the NFL draft, according to a Twitter report from Patchin, Lukens and Osso on Tuesday night. Kaufman had 93 receptions for 1,850 yards and 16 touchdowns as the Eagles (11-3) advanced to the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. He averaged 19.9 yards per catch. - The Spokesman-Review
01/09/2013 - A pair of Eastern Washington University football players with eligibility remaining have decided not to return to EWU for their senior seasons in 2013, Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin has confirmed.
Two-time All-America wide receiver Brandon Kaufman signed with an agent on Sunday and will pursue opportunities to play professional football. Baldwin also said quarterback Kyle Padron, who transferred to EWU last fall from Southern Methodist University, is not enrolled for winter quarter and presumably will pursue his own opportunities at the professional level.
"We respect their decisions and wish them nothing but the best in the future," said Baldwin, whose 2012 team finished 11-3 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs. "They both have the talent it takes to succeed at the next level, and we will be excited to see their progress. We are saddened not to have them back for next fall, but we are excited about the opportunities it provides other players in our program, and future players as well."
As he prepares for the NFL Draft in April, Kaufman will train in Orlando, Fla., along with fellow Eagle wide receiver Greg Herd, who was a senior in 2012. Kaufman is just 20 credits shy of graduating from EWU, and said he will continue to take classes this winter online. Kaufman and Herd are being represented by Cameron Foster and the Foster Easley Sports Management Group of Seattle. - The Spokesman-Review
12/01/2012 - Kyle Padron threw for 327 yards and Demitrius Bronson rushed for two touchdowns as Eastern Washington beat Wagner 29-19 in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on Saturday. Brandon Kaufman had 10 catches for 174 yards for the Eagles (10-2), who will face Illinois State in next week's quarterfinals.
Wagner (9-4), which saw its nine-game win streak snapped, got 60 yards rushing and a touchdown from Dominique Williams. But the Seahawks had to settle for field goals from David Lopez on four other scoring drives, and a fifth resulted in a blocked field-goal attempt. Padron, making his first start since Sept. 8, completed 26 of 36 passes, including a 21-yard scoring toss to Ryan Seto in the first quarter. Kaufman's 1,432 receiving yards are just 21 short of Eastern Washington's single-season record. - AP Sports
10/22/2012 - Vernon Adams and Kyle Padron combined for 342 yards passing and three touchdowns, leading Eastern Washington to a 31-28 victory over Sacramento State on Saturday night. Coach Beau Baldwin wanted to play both quarterbacks, and each delivered. Adams was 17 of 21 for 169 yards and two TDs for the Eagles (6-1, 5-0 Big Sky). Padron finished up, going 9 for 16 for 173 yards, including a 52-yard TD pass to Brandon Kaufman that put Eastern Washington up 31-21 with 11:22 left in the game. Kaufman had six catches for 102 yards, while Greg Herd caught nine passes for 109 yards and two TDs. Sacramento State (5-3, 3-2) was outgained 454-288 in total yards, but stayed close by going 8 for 14 on third-down conversions. The Hornets pulled within 31-28 on a 6-yard pass from Mason Magleby to T.J. Knowles with 3:05 remaining, but didn't get the ball back until there was 21 seconds remaining. - AP Sports
07/22/2012 - 2012 BIG SKY PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): WR Brandon Kaufman, Jr., Eastern Washington, has been selected Preseason All-Big Sky football for the 2012 college football season as chosen by select media and sports information directors in the league. Kaufman, who along with Edwards helped lead the Eagles to the 2010 NCAA Division I Championship, was an All-American in 2010 before redshirting in 2011 as an injury hardship. He had 76 catches for 1,214 yards and 15 touchdowns as sophomore in 2010, and managed 29 grabs for 373 yards and a TD before his 2011 season came to a close with hand and knee injuries. He has 128 catches for 1,881 yards and 17 scores in his career. - EWU football
07/11/2012 - 2012 SPORTS NETWORK FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM: Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington, WR, Jr, has been selected Preseason FCS Third Team All-American for the 2012 college football season by The Sports Network. Kaufman redshirted the 2011 season as an injury hardship case, but in 2010 was a first team All-America selection by the College Sporting News and a fourth team pick from Phil Steele Publications. He was a first team All-Big Sky selection with 76 catches for 1,214 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore when he helped lead the Eagles to the NCAA Division I title. - Eastern Washington football