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Sam Cunningham
Sam Cunningham

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

High School:
Westchester High School

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 180

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
04/23/1982

Experience:
3V

Washington: Expected to start at one cornerback position opposite two-year starter Derrick Johnson ... a three-year letterwinner at cornerback ... originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Oregon in 2000, but never enrolled in the school ... enrolled at Washington in January of 2001 ... enters fall as a backup at cornerback. 2003: Appeared in 11 games in 2003 ... started five games due to an injury to Roc Alexander ... figured in 22 tackles ... credited with breaking up three passes ... most tackles during the season was five against USC and California ... named the Most Improved Cornerback during spring drills ... presented the Husky Fever 12th Man Award for a Defensive Player at the 2003 team banquet. 2002: Became a regular in the rotation of the UW secondary ... part of a Husky pass defense that allowed an average of just 210 yards passing over its last five regular-season games, including nine interceptions and just six touchdowns ... appeared in all 13 games ... intercepted Heisman Trophy-winner Carson Palmer's game-opening pass in his first-career start, against USC ... credited with 10 tackles on the season, and two pass breakups. 2001: Missed spring drills due to shoulder surgery ... recovered to appear in all 11 regular-season games as the reserve to senior Omare Lowe at cornerback ... helped Washington rank fourth in the conference in pass defense, allowing just 220 yards per game ... led a Husky pass defense which allowed more than 250 yards passing in just three of 11 games ... credited with eight tackles and two pass defenses on the season ... had season-best two tackles and two pass defenses in Huskies' 53-3 win over Idaho ... solid coverage player on Husky special teams.

High School and Personal: Born Apr. 23, 1982 ... parents are Walter Holloway and Venita Cunningham ... first-team All-Western League and all-city defensive back as a senior in 1999 ... starred on defense, offense and special teams, leading the Comets to a 10-2 record and a quarterfinal berth in the state playoffs in 1999 ... posted 40 tackles and four interceptions in 10 games ... rushed for 1,078 yards and 11 TDs on 65 carries his senior year ... also utilized as a kick returner ... missed two games with finger injury ... ranked among the top 15 defensive backs in Southern California by SuperPrep and was a "Western 100" honoree by the Tacoma News Tribune ... an American ethnic studies major.


Year     G-S   Solo   Asst.   Tot.   Loss   FC    FR    PD   Int.   Sacks
2001    12-0      6      2      8     0-0    0   0-0     2   0-0     0-0
2002    13-1      8      2     10     0-0    1   0-0     2   1-11    0-0
2003    11-5     18      4     22     0-0    0   0-0     3   0-0     0-0
Totals  36-6     32      8     40     0-0    1   0-0     7   1-11    0-0

Cunningham news and features:
In the Trenches with Sam Cunningham - gohuskies.com (Nov. 8, 2004)
The Right Pick - gohuskies.com (Sept. 17, 2004)

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