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77 Ian-Yates Cunningham
Ian-Yates  Cunningham

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Plano, Texas

High School:
Hebron H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 290

Position:
G/C

Experience:
2L

WORTH NOTING: Returns as the starter at right guard, one of four returning starters along the offensive line ... can also play center or left guard, where he started as a true freshman in 2003.

HONORS: 2003--Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by Rivals.com ... ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News.

AT VIRGINIA: 2006-One of three linemen to start all 12 games during the season ... very rarely came out of the game ... completed his undergraduate degree in psychology in December, a semester early, and is pursing a master's in education ... assisted with high school football and basketball broadcasts on WINA radio in Charlottesville, hosting pregame and postgame shows. 2005- Was slow to return after missing the 2004 season after having back surgery ... did not see his first action until the fourth game against Maryland ...played in seven games overall, including a start at right guard against Temple ...saw most of his playing time at right guard, but also played some left guard. 2004--Missed the season due to offseason back surgery. 2003--Worked his way into the starting role at left guard in November ... started the final five games of the season and played in 11 games overall, missing just the Clemson and Florida State games ... the offense recorded three of its top-five performances in terms of yards with him in the lineup ... Virginia also saw an increase in passing yards and total offense with him in the starting lineup ... lettered.

HIGH SCHOOL: Starter on the offensive line since his freshman season at Hebron HS for head coach Brian Brazil ... started on the defensive line his last three seasons as well ... outstanding senior season when he graded at 93 percent for the year ... first-team All-State by The Associated Press ... class AAAA All-State, All-Area, All-County and All-District as a senior offensive tackle and second-team All-District as a defensive lineman ... finalist for class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year honors, the only lineman among five finalists ... first-team All-Area by the Dallas Morning News ... All-District on offense and defense as a junior when he made 38 tackles, including 12 for loss, caused three fumbles, had 10 pressures and two pass deflections, and two blocked kicks ... All-District as a sophomore in Hebron's first varsity season ... SuperPrep All-American ... PrepStar All-American ... ranked as the No. 10 offensive lineman in the country by Max Emfinger of TheInsiders.com and StudentSports.com and No. 12 by SuperPrep ... 4-Star rating by Rivals.com ... second-team All-American by TheInsiders.com ... No. 64 player in the country on TheInsiders.com's "Hot 100" list ... ranked No. 9 among the nation's guards by Max Emfinger and No. 14 by Rivals.com ... listed as the country's 13th-best offensive tackle by Tom Lemming and 17th by Collegefootballnews.com ... No. 52 player in Midlands region by Rivals.com ... All-Southwest region by Tom Lemming ... first-team All-Heartland and the 25th-best player in the region by TheInsiders.com ... No. 12 player in Texas by SuperPrep ... regarded as the 35th-best player, fourth offensive lineman, in Texas by the Dallas Morning News and Rivals.com ... No. 11 player in Texas by LoneStar Recruiting.com ... rated the 14th-best player, second offensive lineman, in the Dallas area by the Dallas Morning News and Rivals.com ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, following his senior season ... graduated with honors and was named to the honor roll three times.

PERSONAL: Ian-Yates Cunningham ... born 5-3-85 in Jacksonville, N.C. ... son of Linda and Louis Cunningham ... his father played basketball at Rice ... announced his intentions to attend UVa during a Tom Lemming chat on ESPN.com ... his grandparents live in Richmond ... second cousin of tennis legend, the late Arthur Ashe ... psychology major who will also be taking graduate school courses this year.

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