87  J.R. Kraemer
J.R. Kraemer


Wildwood, Mo.

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6-5 / 250

Tight End


Will again be counted on to bolster ECU's tight end production during second active season on roster, providing unit with quality depth and experience ... Penciled in as Davon Drew's top backup on the preseason depth chart heading into fall camp ... Could also be pressed into emergency punting duties as well, considering honors-winning prep experience ... Transferred into the Pirate program after opening collegiate career at Big 10 Conference member Illinois ... Brings a high level of toughness, strength and agility to the unit ... Earned unit's "most improved" award at the conclusion of spring drills ... Caught one pass for four yards during first spring scrimmage (3/28) and recorded two receptions for 16 yards during the weather-abbreviated `08 Purple-Gold Game.

2007: Played in five games as a backup tight end and member of special teams unit ... Listed with Jay Sonnhalter as Davon Drew's backup at the tight end position heading into the season ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Member of special teams unit - no stats ... vs. UNC (9/8): Member of special teams unit - no stats ... vs. USM (9/15): DNP-INJ ... vs. WVU (9/22): DNP-INJ ... vs. Houston (9/29): DNP-CD ... vs. UCF (10/6): DNP-CD ... vs. UTEP (10/13): DNP-CD ... vs. N.C. State (10/20): DNP-CD ... vs. UAB (10/27): Caught first career reception, a nine-yard strike in the fourth quarter from Brett Clay ... Member of special teams unit ... vs. Memphis (11/3): Experienced action in a reserve role at tight end and on special teams ... Recorded one tackle (assist) ... Credited with a six-yard kickoff return ... vs. Marshall (11/10): DNP-CD ... vs. Tulane (11/24): Member of special teams unit - no stats ... vs. Boise State (12/23): DNP-CD.

2006: Sat out the 2006 season to comply with NCAA transfer regulations ... Contributed valuable stint on offensive scout team ... Officially arrived at ECU in June (start of second summer session) after spending two seasons at Illinois.

2005: Played in five games, but did not record any statistics for first-year coach Ron Zook at Illinois ... Credited with participation in 28 plays at the tight end position.

2004: Redshirted as a member of the scout team under coach Ron Turner.

High School: Earned all-state honors in 2003 as a punter at Lafayette High School ... Named to the 2003 St. Louis Rams All-Metro team as a tight end ... An all-conference performer as a linebacker, punter and tight end ... A SuperPrep All-America selection ... Chosen to the PrepStar All-Region squad ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Named to the all-conference unit as a defensive back, punter and wide receiver after his junior season ... A four-year starter who earned nine letters in football, track and basketball ... Also enjoyed stellar track career, finishing second at the state championships in the 110-meter hurdles ... In addition, set the school record in the 110-meter hurdles and triple jump and earned all-conference and all-district designation ... High school football coach was Mick Picataggio.

Personal: Full name is John Robert Kraemer ... Goes by "J.R." ... Born on May 13, 1985 at St. Louis, Mo. ... Son of John and Cathy Kraemer ... Father was a football letterman at Northeast Missouri State (center) ... Hobbies include swimming, golf, boating and fishing ... Major is management of recreation facilities and services ... An Eagle Scout ... Favorite all-time sports announcer was the late Jack Buck ... Credits father as most influential person with development of career ... Earned selection to the 2006-07 ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll (Dean's List/spring semester).