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July 18, 2009

Countdown to kickoff: #49 Jermaine Cunningham

#49 Player/Hometown/High School: Jermaine Cunningham Bronx (Ga.) Stephenson
Hgt/Wgt: 6-foot-3, 250-lb Position: Defensive end Year: SR
Fall Depth Chart Projection: 1st team fox end

Spring Review: While many of the other front line defenders, were held out in spots, Cunningham on the other hand actually saw quite a bit of action over the spring. He was able to add a little bit of weight since the end of last season. With the quarterbacks wearing red non-contact jerseys, the defense doesn't get to put them on the ground, but if you were to total up 'sack' numbers, Cunningham was as active as anyone along the defensive front seven. Then again, he was going up against mostly a make-shift offensive line.

Fall Projection: Through his first three seasons on the team he has been solid, yet unspectacular. As evidenced by the fact that he was 5th on the team last year in tackles, there's no disputing he was active for a lineman. However, for as much playing time as he gets, 6 sacks isn't exactly a huge number. If the defensive tackles can command double teams this year, that should open it up for his sack numbers to improve his senior season. If he's healthy, he's unquestionably the starter at the fox defensive end position, but he could lose some snaps to an improved Duke Lemmens and William Green if he isn't showing the production the coaches expect out of him.

Others who wore the number: Andrew Johnson (2006-07), Shane Cimock (2003-05), Terrence Holmes (2002-04), Jeff Chandler (1998-2001), Zuri Buchanan (1996), Tyrone Baker (1995), Dwayne Thomas (1994), Henry Haston (1993), Andy Kissenberth (1992), Judd Davis (1991), Hank Rone (1989), Joey Nicoletto (1985-88), Bill Nelson (1983-84), Fernando Jackson (1979-82), Steve Blair (1975-77), Pat Floyd (1974), George Wester (1971), Jim Kelly (1970) and Tommy Glenn (1965-67)

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