Former Coyote Filipovic signs contract with 49ers

Former Coyote Filipovic signs contract with 49ers Filip Filopovic, who starred at South Dakota from 1999-02, has signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Originally, Filipovic was signed with the Dallas Cowboys in October 2002 before being cut during the 2003 summer camp. He averaged 40.6 yards per kick for the Cowboys in 2002.

Filipovic earned the Dallas Cowboys Special Teams Player of the Week honor on Nov. 4, 2004. Filipovic had an outstanding performance in his second game in a Cowboys uniform. He punted the ball 10 times, tied for second-most attempts in club history � one behind Danny White's 11 punts against the Eagles in 1984.

Filipovic averaged 41.4 yards a punt and had two kicks downed inside the 10-yard line in the Cowboys' 9-7 loss to Detroit on Sunday.

In late October, 2002, Filipovic was signed to replace Micah Knorr, who was cut by the Cowboys. Knorr and Filipovic had competed for the punting job in preseason with Knorr winning out due to his previous experience as a holder.

Filipovic had a solid career for the South Dakota Coyotes. In three seasons at South Dakota, Filipovic had 183 punts for 7,265 yards for an average of 39.7. He had a career long of 66 yards and knocked 35 kicks inside the 20-yard line. Filipovic, who majored in health, physical education and recreation, finished fourth in the North Central Conference in 2001 with an average of 40.1 yards per kick. He had 53 punts for 2,126 yards, 16 punts inside the 20-yard line and a long of 66 yards.

Filipovic pulled double duty for the Coyotes in 2001, also serving as kicker. He made seven of 10 field goals and 17 of 18 PATs. He ranked third in the NCC by making 62.5 percent of his field goals and he was fifth in the NCC by making 92.3 percent of his extra points.

In 2000, Filipovic ranked seventh in NCAA Division II with a 40.7 average. He was second in the NCC in punting, recording a long of 62 yards and placing 15 kicks inside the 20-yard line. He was the USD Special Team co-MVP for the season. Overall, he had 73 kicks for 2,969 yards.

In 1999, he averaged 38.1 yards per kick, including a long of 56 yards. He had 57 punts for 2,170 yards and four kicks inside the 20-yard line. Filipovic has come a long way in three short years.

Filipovic came to America in 1997. He completed his high school education in Youngstown, OH and attended Urbana College in Ohio and Eastern Michigan before finding a home at USD. His parents, Dragan and Gordana Filipovic, still live in Vermillion.

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