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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Draft Preview: Alex Dunnachie

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Hawaii's Alex Dunnachie. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Dunnachie's profile page on the Warriors' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • Participated in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game
  • earned All-America honorable mention honors by
  • selected to College Sports Madness all-MW second team and Phil Steele’s all-MW third team
  • ranked fourth nationally and second in the MW in punting and set a new UH single-season record with a 46.16 average
  • had 20 punts of over 50 yards, including a career-long 73 yarder against UNLV (Nov. 24), and 12 inside the 20
  • finished career ranked third all-time with a 42.03 average...also ranked third in career punts (199), second in total punting yards (8364), and tied for the fifth longest punt in school history (73)
  • in five punts against Boise State (Nov. 1), averaged 53.4 yards per punt, including four over 50 yards
2011 Junior Season
  • had seven punts of over 50 yards, including a season-long 62-yarder at Nevada (Nov. 12)
  • downed 18 punts inside the 20-yard line
  • helped UH lead the country for fewest punt returns by its opponent with four
2010 Sophomore Season
  • had 19 punts of over 50 yards and pinned 15 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line
  • career-high nine punts, including four inside the 20, at Boise State (Nov. 6)
  • had three punts of over 50 yards against Tulsa in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl (Dec. 24)
2009 Freshman Season
  • punted six times against Wisconsin (Dec. 5) with four punts of 50 yards or more including two over 60 (66 and 61) …also had two punts inside the 20-yard line and was named WAC Player of the Week for his efforts
  • had 13 punts inside the 20 with only five touchback
  • helped UH rank second in the country in punt-return defense, allowing only nine returns for 15 yards
High School
  • 2008 graduate of Marcellin College in Bulleen, Victoria, Australia
  • participated in basketball, volleyball and Australian Rules Football
  • played nine years for the Banyule Bears Junior and Amateur Football Club
  • in 2008, named the Under-19 Best and Fairest Shooter, as well as Sharp Shooter, in the Victorian Amateur Football Association while scoring 58 goals for the Bears...runner-up for the award in 2006

College Stats:
2012: 49 punts, 46.2 yard average, long of 73 yards
2011: 56 punts, 39.7 yard average, long of 62 yards
2010: 52 punts, 43.0 yard average, long of 61 yards
2009: 42 punts, 39.2 yard average, long of 66 yards

Back in February, Alex discussed the Scouting Combine and his NFL prospects:
"When I got the call from the Combine I was in shock, just because it was something that I had wanted so badly and now my hard work over the last four years had started to really pay off. I was so excited I was shaking and I couldn’t move, I had to regain my composure before calling mum and dad back home and waking them up with the news. I have been preparing with a high dosage of stretching exercises and core strength to improve my strength at the point of contact with the ball. It is such a precise art that if one thing goes wrong, so does six other things. It is important to be totally and exactly comfortable in your job and what is required. I’m looking forward to going to Indianapolis and proving what I’m worth....

Nathan [Chapman] had been telling me ever since I started that the [NFL] potential was there, and again when I got to Hawaii the coaches and my team mates would often comment saying that it is what I was destined for. To be brutally honest, I don’t think it really became clear to me that it was a possibility or even something that I wanted to do as a career until after my second year in Hawaii. We had just won our conference championship that year and I had felt as though I had contributed pretty well to my team. It was then that I started to really get that firm self belief and really knuckle down and work hard to get to where I am today."

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