TSN Tabs Dunning First Team All-America

Dec. 9, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State kicker Drew Dunning was named first team All-America by The Sporting News Tuesday.

Dunning, a 5-11, 170-pound senior, connected on 27 of 30 field goal attempts in 2003 and broke his own single season scoring record with 114 points. The Issaquah, Wash., native capped his Cougar career by breaking Jason Hanson's school record for points in a career with 334 and is the only player in program history to compile three, 100-point seasons.

'I have to thank my teammates and our coaching staff. I've always maintained that these are team awards. I couldn't have had the success that I did this season without great people around me and we have them here,' Dunning said. 'Hopefully, I can keep it going at the Holiday Bowl. We are excited about heading down there and trying to end this season on a positive note.'

Dunning, a first team All-Pac-10 selection in 2001 and 2003, is tied for the national lead in field goals, while no kicker with 30 or more attempts had a better field goal percentage (.900). Dunning is also 12th nationally in scoring at 9.50 points per game.

Dunning, who is not a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, converted five field goal attempts against New Mexico, four against Idaho and Washington, and three against Arizona in 2003.

Washington State has had at least one player named first team All-America in each of the last three seasons. Lamont Thompson was an Associated Press selection in 2001, while Jason Gesser, Rien Long, Derrick Roche, and Marcus Trufant all received first team All-America honors from at least one outlet in 2002. This is the first time since 1934-36 that the Cougars have had first team representatives in three-straight seasons.

The Sporting News - First Team All-America

WR Mark Clayton, Oklahoma
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
TE Kellen Winslow, Miami, Fla.
T Robert Gallery, Iowa
T Shawn Andrews, Arkansas
G Stephen Peterman, LSU
G Shannon Snell, Florida
C Jake Grove, Virginia Tech
QB Jason White, Oklahoma
RB Kevin Jones, Virginia Tech
RB Chris Perry, Michigan

DE Dave Ball, UCLA
DT Chad Lavalais, LSU
DT Tommie Harris, Oklahoma
DE Kenechi Udeze, USC
LB Grant Wiley, West Virginia
LB Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
LB Josh Buhl, Kansas State
DB Derrick Strait, Oklahoma
DB Keiwan Ratliff, Florida
DB Sean Taylor, Miami, Fla.
DB Josh Bullocks, Nebraska

K Drew Dunning, Washington State
P Dustin Colquitt, Tennessee
PR Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma

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