Played in all 13 games, starting eight ? led Cyclone tight ends with 13 catches for 126 yards ? recorded three catches against Texas and two against Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.
Made five catches for 36 yards with a touchdown as Collin Franklin?s backup ? grabbed a four-yard touchdown pass against Texas Tech.
Saw action in one game.
Redshirted initial collegiate season.
Played defensive end and tight end ... had 40 tackles and five sacks as a senior ... had seven catches for 87 yards ... DeSmet made it to the state quarterfinals in his senior season ... team finished with record of 8-3 ... earned three letters in football ... first-team all-state defensive end as picked by coaches ... second-team all-conference tight end ... earned three letters in basketball and two letters in track and field for the Spartans ... coached by Pat Mahoney.
Born June 12, 1989 in St. Louis, Mo. ... son of Regina and Walter Hammerschmidt ... communications studies major.
- Top-five Iowa State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. TE Kurt Hammerschmidt (6-6, 270)...Despite only 18 career catches, Hammerschmidt has a lot of NFL qualities that will earn him some looks by pro teams. He will be a second-year starter in 2012 and should also start on any "All-Name" teams in college football. Hammerschmidt was a lightly-recruited two-star player out of the St. Louis area and redshirted in his first season in Ames. After seeing very limited playing time as a freshman and sophomore (six catches), he became a starter last season as a junior, finishing with a career-best 13 catches for 126 yards. Hammerschmidt has packed nearly 40-pounds onto his frame since high school and has the natural size and measureables that stands out. He is expected to take on more of an offensive role as a senior, both receiving and blocking. Hammerschmidt has only one career touchdown and is still very unpolished in many aspects of his game, but he could make a move up draft boards with a productive 2012 season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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