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2012 Football Roster


Benny Cunningham

Class: Sr.
Position: RB
Height: 5-10
Weight: 212 pounds
Previous School: Goodpasture
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Honors: 2012 – Voted by his teammates as one of five permanent team captains … Voted Second Team All-SBC, Named Third Team All-SBC by CollegeSportsMadness.com, Voted the AT&T All-America National Player of the Week on Oct. 4 … Named the SBC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 … Named the SBC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 by College Sports Madness … Voted the TSWA Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2 … Named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List … Named Most Improved Strength Training Running Back at the conclusion of spring drills … 2010 – Named the most improved running back following spring drills … 2009 – Voted to the Honorable Mention All-SBC Freshman Team by the league’s beat writers.

2012: Despite playing in just five games, he had his most productive season with 600 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns … Led the Sun Belt in rushing and scoring prior to his season-ending injury (ranked 13th and third nationally in each category) … Rushed nine times for 34 yards against McNeese but injured his shoulder in the first half and did not return … Missed the FAU game … Led team in rushing with 57 yards at Memphis to go with two touchdowns … Rushed 27 times for 217 yards and five touchdowns in win at Georgia Tech with all being career-bests … The 217 yards ranked 10th most in a single game at MT, while the five scores tied for second-most … His 23-yard touchdown run against the Yellow Jackets where he broke five tackles was No. 7 on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Day … Scored two more touchdowns against ULM and had 62 rushing yards on 14 attempts … Set career highs in rushing attempts (36) and yards (230) in win at FIU to go with two touchdowns … Both attempts and yards vs FIU ranked seventh on MT’s single-game list … Suffered a ruptured patella tendon on second to last offensive play of the game at FIU and was lost for the season.

2011: Played in eight games and had six starts … Earned 10 winning grades from the coaches … Was second on the team in rushing with 501 yards and four touchdowns while leading all backs with 17 receptions for 187 yards and a score … Had seven plays of 20 yards or more … Led team with 65 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored a touchdown at Purdue … Also added a career-best four catches while forcing a fumble on the punt team … Led the Blue Raiders with 80 yards rushing on 15 attempts and one touchdown against GT … Topped the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career with 117 yards on 19 carries against Troy, while also adding a 37-yard touchdown reception … Had six carries for 25 yards and three catches for 34 yards in the first half against Memphis before suffering a foot injury … Did not play against WKU, FAU, UL or Tennessee … Returned against ULM and led team with 53 rushing yards to go with three receptions … Led Raiders with 65 yards rushing and three receptions against FIU … Paced team at North Texas with 80 yards rushing on 15 attempts.

2010: Played in all 13 games and earned two starts ... Was second among backs with 478 snaps played ... Led the team with 23 winning grades from the coaches ... Was fourth on the team with 355 rushing yards on 78 attempts to go with four touchdowns ... Also had 16 receptions for 96 yards and returned 14 kickoffs for 364 yards (26.0) ... Led the team in special teams tackles with 11 ... Had seven carries for 31 yards against Minnesota ... Turned in a career-best 86 yards on a personal-high 14 carries to go with a touchdown in win over APSU, while also serving as a game captain ... Collected three receptions against Troy ... Rushed seven times for 49 yards against ULM for a 7.0 average ... Had 40 yards rushing on 11 attempts and a touchdown at ASU ... Voted a game captain at ASU ... Led the Blue Raiders with 59 yards rushing at WKU and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 6-yard run ... Had a 2-yard touchdown run and two receptions in win over FIU.

2009: Saw action in 11 games and had 169 snaps with a season-high 32 snaps at Troy ... Had six winning grades from the coaching staff ... Was third on the team with 173 yards rushing on 46 attempts and two touchdowns ... Rushed four times for eight yards in his first collegiate game against Memphis ... Had eight carries for 58 yards to go with two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown at North Texas ... Scoring reception was a 50 yarder ... Had three carries for 12 yards in win over WKU ... Rushed eight times for 59 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown run against FIU ... Recorded a 20-yard reception against ASU ... Rushed for 11 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss.

High School: Named the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Class 2A Back for 2008 football season ... Named TSWA All-State and the Region Player of the Year ... Voted to the All-Southern Football Team by the Orlando Sentinel ... Selected to Tennessee East-West All-Star Game ... A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Rushed for a school record 1,744 yards and 2,357 all purpose yards to go along with 29 touchdowns during his senior campaign ... Also added 119 tackles on defense to with an interception and four pass breakups ... Led Goodpasture to the State semifinals with a 35-21 win over CPA by rushing for 231 yards and three touchdowns ... As a junior he rushed for 721 yards and 16 touchdowns while collecting 62 tackles and an interception ... Owns the school record in single-season rushing yards (1,744), career touchdowns (60), touchdowns in a game (five), touchdowns in a season (29), and all-purpose yards in a season (2,357) and career (4,611) ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Played for Coach David Martin ... Runs a 4.39 40.

Full Name: Benjamin Corey Cunningham ... Parent: Sheridan Dotson ... Born: 7/7/90 ... Major: Undecided.