Derek Dimke
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-16) April 16, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Rockford, Illinois
Career information
College: Illinois
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2012)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Derek Dimke (born April 16, 1990)[1] is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. Dimke played college football at the University of Illinois, where he broke several school records. He was signed by the Detroit Lions in 2012.

Early yearsEdit

Dimke attended Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois.[1] He was selected second-team All-State by the Chicago Tribune[2] and was also a special mention All-State selection by the Champaign News-Gazette.[1] He set an Illinois high school record when he kicked a 54-yard field goal during the playoffs his senior year.[3]

College careerEdit

Dimke was a 4-year letterman at the University of Illinois. During his college career, he made 39 of 46 field goals for a field goal percentage of 84.7%. He also went 89 for 89 on extra point attempts, for a combined field goal and extra point percentage of 94.8%. He is the most accurate kicker in Fighting Illini history. He holds several other school records including most points scored in a season by a kicker, most field goals in a season, most field goals in a bowl game, most consecutive PATs made, and most touchbacks in a single game.[4] Dimke ranks 6th on the Fighting Illini football career scoring list, and 2nd on the single season scoring list. In his junior season, he was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.[5] He led the Big Ten in both field goals per game and touchbacks. He was selected to Phil Steele's first-team All-Big Ten team following the conclusion of his Junior season.[6] He was selected to the Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches.[7] He also was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by the media.[1] He was also named to the ESPN All-Big Ten Bowl Team for his performance in the Texas Bowl. In his Senior season, he was selected to the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List.[8][9] Dimke led the Fighting Illini in scoring during the 2011 season. During his senior year, he also was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by coaches & media.[10] He was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2009, 2010, and 2011.[1] He was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week three times (11/30/09), (10/11/10), and (9/26/11) while at Illinois.[1] Following his senior season, he was invited to the NFL Combine. Dimke graduated with a degree in finance in 2012.

Professional careerEdit

Detroit LionsEdit

On April 30, 2012, Dimke signed with the Detroit Lions.[11] He went 2 for 2 on field goals during the preseason while battling Jason Hanson for the starting role.[12] On August 27, 2012, he was released.[13]

New York JetsEdit

Dimke signed with the New York Jets on April 11, 2013.[14] He was released on May 12, 2013.[15]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Dimke was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on June 4, 2013. During his time there he went 6 for 7 on field goals while battling Lawrence Tynes and Rian Lindell for the starting role.[16] He was later cut on August 31, 2013.[17]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Dimke was signed by the New Orleans Saints to a futures contract on January 2, 2014.[18] Dimke went 4 for 4 with a long of 49 yards. Dimke along with kicker Shayne Graham were released as part of the final roster cuts on August 30, 2014.[19]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On January 5, 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Dimke to a reserve/future contract.[20]

He was released on May 11, 2015.[21]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Illinois Fighting Illini Profile".
  2. "Chicago Tribune Names Derek Dimke to All-State 2nd Team". Retrieved November 30, 2007.
  4. "Archived copy".
  5. "Big Ten Announces 2010 Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Honors".
  6. "Seven Illini Named to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten Teams". Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  7. "Dimke Makes All-Big Ten Team". Retrieved November 30, 2010.
  8. "Lou Groza Award preseason watch list". Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  9. "Ex-Boylan standout Derek Dimke on Lou Groza Award list". Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  10. "Ex-Boylan standout Derek Dimke on Lou Groza Award list". Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  11. "Detroit Lions sign seven more undrafted free agents, including Wayne State's Troy Burrell". Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  13. "Hanson will be Lions kicker in 2012 with expected release of Derek Dimke". Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  14. Orr, Conor (April 11, 2013). "Jets sign free agent K Derek Dimke". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  15. Jets Staff (May 12, 2013). "4 Tryouts Signed, 3 Undrafted FAs Released". New York Jets. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  17. "Bucs Add Kicker Dimke, Waive TE Landi". Tampa Bay Buccaneers. June 4, 2013. Archived from the original on June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  18. "New Orleans Saints preach balance against Philadelphia Eagles: notebook". The Times-Picayune. January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  19. New Orleans Saints trim roster to 53-player limit, Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  20. Jaguars make roster moves, sign three players to reserve/future contracts, Retrieved January 7, 2015
  21. "Jaguars make roster moves". Jacksonville Jaguars. May 11, 2015. Archived from the original on September 3, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2015.

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