UW This Season: Deric Yaussi will be a leading candidate for the Lou Groza Award this season, as well as a leading All-America candidate. The Groza award is presented to the top collegiate place-kicker each season. Yaussi ranked No. 13 in the nation last season in field goals made, averaging 1.50 per game. Among all NCAA Division I place-kickers returning in 2005, he ranks No. 6 in career field goals, having made an average of 1.25 per game over his first two seasons as Wyoming's starting place-kicker. National media who have recognized Yaussi among their preseason best are: the Sporting News, which ranks him as the No. 9 best place-kicker in the country; Street & Smith's, which named him a preseason Honorable Mention All-American; and Phil Steele's, which also ranks him as the No. 9 best place-kicker in the nation.
2004: Yaussi was selected the First Team All-MWC place-kicker as a junior. He led the MWC in virtually all place-kicking categories. Yaussi ranked No. 2 in the league (No. 1 among kickers) and No. 38 in the NCAA in scoring, with a 7.5 point-per-game average. He also ranked No. 1 in the MWC and No. 13 in the nation in field goals, averaging 1.50 field goals per game. He led the league in both field-goal percentage (72.0 percent, 18 of 25) and PAT percentage (100.0 percent, 36 of 36). Yaussi was named MWC Special Teams Player of the Week versus San Diego State on Oct. 9, 2004. He hit two of three field goals vs. SDSU and converted two PATS for eight total points.
2003: In his first season as UW's kicker, he led the Mountain West Conference in point-after-touchdown percentage, hitting 97.1 percent of his attempts (34 of 35). He also ranked No. 5 in the league in field-goal percentage, converting 12 of 17 field goal attempts (70.6 percent). Yaussi earned Honorable Mention All-MWC honors as a sophomore. He ranked No. 9 overall in scoring in the conference. He also was seventh in the MWC in field goals made per game (1.00 per game), and ranked No. 54 in the NCAA in that category.
2002: Yaussi played in three games as a true freshman. He didn't attempt any field goals or extra points, but he did kickoff in the three games he played. Earned his first varsity letter.
High School: A three-sport standout at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo., Yaussi earned Second Team All-Conference honors in 2001 as Poudre High posted a 9-3 record, winning the City of Fort Collins Championship and finishing in a tie for the conference title. He was a First Team All-Conference selection in both basketball and track and field. The Fort Collins Coloradoan named him the All-Sports Athlete of the Year for the 2001-02 academic year.
Personal: Born Aug. 13, 1983, he is one of two children of Carol and Randy Yaussi. He is majoring in physical education-teaching.