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      Chad Cunningham
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Dawsonville, Ga.

High School:
Dawson County

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 205

Position:
P/PK

Major:
Communications Studies

Career Statistics
PUNTING
Season G Punts Yards Avg TB FC Inside 20 50+ Block Long
2010 13 66 2,791 42.3 9 16 17 11 -- 56-Ala
2009 13 55 2,313 42.1 6 9 12 12 1 58-Ala
2008 12 25 988 39.5 3 6 11 3 2 57-Aub
2007 5 3 122 40.7 -- 3 1 -- -- 46-USM
Totals 43 149 6,214 41.7 18 34 41 26 3 58-Ala
Honors

  • 2009 Academic All-SEC
  • 2006 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

2010

  • Games/Starts: 13/11
  • Finished eighth on UT's career punting chart with 41.7-yard average
  • Punted 66 times for 42.3-yard average -- both career highs
  • Eight punts in Music City Bowl (43.5-yard average) tied for second most in UT's 49-game bowl history
  • Top games were 48.5-yard average on two punts at South Carolina, 48.2-yard mark on six attempts against Alabama and 47.5-yard eff ort on four punts at LSU
  • Didn't punt in regular season finale against Kentucky after injuring left hand at Vanderbilt
  • Kicked off 23 times over six diff erent games
  • Finished seventh among SEC punting leaders
  • Seventeen punts downed inside opponents' 20-yard line against just nine touchbacks
  • Sixteen fair catches nearly doubled previous season-high

  • Eleven punts went for 50-plus yards, including season-long of 56 against Alabama
  • Three punts of 50-plus yards against Alabama
  • Forced Tide to start inside own 20 season-high three times, including two punts placed inside 10
  • Executed UT's first successful fake punt in six years by running 25 yards at South Carolina for first down to set up third-quarter touchdown
  • One of two punts at Carolina forced Gamecocks to start at 6-yard line
  • Booted 54-yarder against Oregon and forced NCAA's top punt return unit to call for five fair catches
  • Punted season-high nine times against UAB, featuring game-long punt of 54 yards
  • Added five special teams tackles to tie for seventh on team

2009

  • Games/Starts: 13/13
  • Handled punting duties for Vols and finished with 55 attempts for 42.1-yard average
  • Had 12 punts downed inside 20-yard line against only six touchbacks
  • Launched career-long boot of 58 yards against Alabama

  • Also handled kickoff duties
  • Didn't merely watch after kicking either as he was third on team in special teams tackles with seven
  • Also booted 39-yard field against South Carolina
  • Finished season 1-of-3 on field goals (two misses were from 40-plus yards) and made all four of his extra point attempts

2008

    2008 - Games/Starts: 12/5
  • Started Vols first five games and punted 25 times for 39.5-yard average
  • Best effort was final start, punting three times against Northern Illinois for 45.3- yard average
  • Finished with 11 punts downed inside 20-yard line against only three touchbacks

  • Also handled 40 of team's 46 kickoffs, sending three for touchbacks
  • UT opponents finished with 21.0-yard kickoff return average

2007

    2007 - Games/Starts: 5/1
  • Capable dual threat who handled kickoff duties during five games and punting duties in one game last season
  • Finished with one kickoff touchback in 22 attempts

  • Punted three times against Southern Miss for 40.7-yard average in first career start

2006

  • 2006 - Redshirted

High School

  • 2005 All-State and twice named All-Area
  • Averaged 46 and 41 yards per punt, respectively, during final two seasons
  • Made 19-of-24 field goal tries over last three years
  • Set school record for longest punt (71)
  • Made 60-of-65 PATs as junior
  • During career at quarterback, threw for more than 4,100 yards and accounted for better than 40 touchdowns

  • Four-year starter at quarterback, kicker and safety
  • Also played soccer three years and basketball two
  • Coach at Dawson County High School - Jeff Lee
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