Cal Football BIO
Kyle Kragen
Player Profile:
Kyle Kragen 1250469
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 245
Year: Senior
Hometown: Danville, CA
High School: Diablo Valley College/San Ramon Valley HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Twitter: kkragen | @calfootball
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Career Stats
Game Logs: 2015 | 2013
Kragen capped his collegiate career with a huge 2015 senior season when he started all 13 games and led Cal with career highs of tackles for loss (8.0, -43 yards), sacks (7.0, -36 yards) and quarterback hurries (6) while sharing the team lead with his first two career forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Kragen earned third-team All-Pac-12 honors from Phil Steele as a senior and was an honorable mention choice of the league's coaches. He finished his career with totals of 101 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss (-62 yards) and 10.0 sacks (-51 yards) over 25 games played and 18 starts during his 2013 junior and 2015 senior seasons.

After Cal

  • A standout in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl with 2.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss among three total tackles to help Team National to an 18-17 victory over Team American
  • Expected to participate at the 2016 Cal Pro Day on March 18

Cal Career (2013-15)

  • Registered career totals of 101 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss (-62 yards) and 10.0 sacks (-51 yards) over 25 games played and 18 starts during his 2013 junior and 2015 senior seasons at Cal while missing his entire 2014 campaign and redshirting with an illness
  • Recorded all of his career highs as a 2015 senior including tackles for loss (8.0, -43 yards), sacks (7.0, -36 yards), tackles (73), quarterback hurries (6), forced fumbles (2) and fumble recoveries (1) and pass breakups (1)
  • Recorded a career-high 14 tackles at Utah as a senior, while his 2.5 tackles for loss and sacks vs. Washington State, and his 16 tackle for loss and sack yards at Washington were also career bests

Senior (2015)

  • Selected third-team All-Pac-12 by Phil Steele and an honorable mention pick of the league’s coaches when he was one of five Cal players to start all 13 games on defense and led Cal with career highs of tackles for loss (8.0, -43 yards), sacks (7.0, -36 yards) and quarterback hurries (6) while sharing the team lead with his first two career forced fumbles and one fumble recovery
  • Tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in per-game averages in sacks (0.54), 10th in forced fumbles (0.15) and 26th in tackles (5.6)
  • Recorded the most tackles by a Cal defensive lineman since Duane Clemons had 82 in 1995, while his sacks were the most since Tyson Alualu’s 7.5 in 2009 and his tackles for loss the most since Deandre Coleman’s 8.5 in 2012
  • Added his first career pass breakup with all the numbers career highs
  • Earned Cal's Stub Allison Award for the player demonstrating commitment in strength and conditioning while posting weight room numbers of 500 pounds in the squat, 385 in the bench and 370 in the power clean
  • Earned his first career Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor at Washington after recording six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (career-high -16 yards), 1.5 sacks (career-high -16 yards), his first career pass breakup and his first career forced fumble when he hit Husky quarterback Jake Browning seven yards deep in the backfield but was not credited with a sack or tackle for loss when the ball was recovered by teammate Devante Downs at the line of scrimmage
  • Started a productive three-game stretch (26 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, -34 yards; 5.0 sacks, -27 yards; one forced fumble; one quarterback hurry, one pass breakup) at Washington that also included huge contests vs. Washington State (six tackles; career-high and team season-high 2.5 tackles for loss, -9 yards; career-high and team season-high 2.5 sacks, -9 yards; 1 QBH) and at Utah (career-high 14 tackles; 2.0 tackles for loss, -9 yards; 1.0 sack, -2 yards)
  • Also closed out his collegiate career with two big games in the regular-season finale vs. Arizona State (12 tackles; 1.0 tackle for loss, -5 yards; 1.0 sack, -5 yards) and at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force (8 tackles; 1.0 tackle for loss, -4 yards; 1.0 sack, -4 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry)
  • Had 10 tackles and a career-high-tying two quarterback hurries vs. USC
  • Had five tackles at Texas, three at UCLA two vs. both Grambling State and San Diego State, one at Stanford, and one vs. Oregon State when he added a career-high-tying two quarterback hurries
  • Added to the Ted Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List while he was also on midseason All-Pac-12 teams produced by ESPN and the Bay Area News Group
  • Returned from an illness that caused him to miss the entire 2014 season and had a strong spring including a seven-yard sack in the spring game

Senior (2014)

  • Redshirted
  • Did not play due to illness
  • Had one tackle and one fumble recovery in the spring game

Junior (2013)

  • Played in all 12 games with five starts all coming over the first seven contests and totaled 28 tackles with at least one in each of his first 11 contests
  • Co-led the team with 3.0 sacks, while ranking second in sack yards (-15), tied for third in tackles for loss yards (-19), and tied for fifth in tackles for loss (5.0) while adding one quarterback hurry
  • Recorded a season-high-tying five tackles both vs. Washington State and at Colorado, adding a season-high-tying 1.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards) against the Cougars
  • His other game with 1.5 tackles for loss (season-high -8 tackle for loss yards) came against Washington when he also had a season-high-tying 1.0 sack (season-high -8 sack yards) among his two stops
  • Also had a season-high-tying 1.0 sack and 1.0 tackle for loss (-4 yards) among his four tackles at Oregon and as his lone stop at UCLA (-3 yards)
  • Recorded four tackles vs. Arizona, two vs. Northwestern and Ohio State, and one each vs. Portland State, Oregon State and US), while adding his first career quarterback hurry against the Beavers
  • One of three junior college transfers along with Sione Sina and Drake Whitehurst who was a mid-year enrollee for the spring semester and participated with the team during its spring practices
  • Recorded one tackle in the spring game

Diablo Valley College (2011-12)

  • Finished his two-season junior college career with a combined 131 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks and eight fumble recoveries as both of his squads advanced to postseason bowls, winning the East Bay Bowl during his 2012 sophomore campaign and participating in the Bulldog Bowl during his 2011 freshman season
  • Broke the single-season school record with 14.5 sacks to lead the Mid-Empire League during his sophomore season when he earned first-team All-MEL honors and was the team’s Defensive MVP, adding other totals of 65 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries
  • Had 4.5 tackles for loss in a single game against Reedley as a sophomore
  • Recorded 76 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and a league-leading six fumble recoveries as a freshman after greyshirting in 2010

San Ramon Valley HS (Class of 2010)

  • Had his top season as a 2009 senior, registering 83 tackles, 3.0 sacks, two passes defended and four quarterback hurries, while adding one catch for 10 yards on offense
  • Played in four games as a 2008 junior, picking up 20 tackles and 1.0 sack

Recruiting Notes (Junior College Class of 2013)

  • A three-star recruit according to 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals, while 247Sports Composite and Scout both garnered two stars upon him
  • Ranked as the No. 72 junior college player overall in the nation by 247Sports, while 247Sports Composite had him at No. 95


  • Full name is Kyle William Kragen
  • Born February 1, 1993
  • Parents are Greg and Cindy Kragen
  • Father appeared in three Super Bowls and five conference championship games over 13 seasons as an NFL defensive lineman with Denver (1985-93), Kansas City (1994) and Carolina (1995-97), earning All-Pro honors three times (1989, 1991, 1992) and being selected to the Pro Bowl once (1989) while registering 28.5 sacks and one interception in 200 career games after spending his collegiate career at Utah State
  • Played at the same high school as former Cal football teammates Matt Anderson, Zach Kline, John Sheperdson and Patrick Worstell
  • Major is American studies

Kragen's Career Game Highs
Tackles: 14 (at Utah, 2015)
Tackles For Loss: 2.5 (vs. Washington State, 2015)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 16 (at Washington, 2015)
Sacks: 2.5 (vs. Washington State, 2015)
Sack Yards: 16 (at Washington, 2015)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (twice, last Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force, 2015)
Fumble Recoveries: 1 (Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force, 2015)
Quarterback Hurries: 2 (twice, last vs. Oregon State, 2015)
Pass Breakups: 1 (at Washington, 2015)

Last Updated
March 16, 2016

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