Data Scout Notes: 2017: 01-14-17 - Announced Early Entry into 2017 Draft...2016: 1stC/ButkusFinalist...PButkus/PNagurski/PBednarik...2015: 1stC
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08/11/17 - ILB Zach Cunningham, a rookie second-round pick, started and had a game-high seven tackles.
05/12/17 - LB Zach Cunningham signed a four-year contract with the Houston Texans on Friday. Cunningham's deal is worth $4.47 million with a $1.39 signing bonus, according to the Houston Chronicle.
03/16/17 - Several former Commodores likely saw their chances of a future in the National Football League improve Thursday by impressing at Vanderbilt Pro Day. Eleven former standouts participated in the activity, which mirrors strength, speed and agility tests administered at the NFL Scouting Combine. More than 60 pro personnel from 26 teams attended the private workout in Vanderbilt's indoor facility. Defensive linemen Torey Agee, Adam Butler and Nehemiah Mitchell, offensive linemen Barrett Gouger, Will Holden and Andrew Jelks, linebackers Zach Cunningham and Ja'karri Thomas, receivers Latevius Rayford and Darrius Sims, and cornerback Torren McGaster worked out in front of the NFL contingent. Cunningham and Holden, who attended the NFL Combine two weeks ago, were the least active Commodores, limiting their participation to agility tests and position drills.
Cunningham, the unanimous first team All-America, was guided through position drills by a collection of coaches that included New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Cunningham and Thomas were put through a strenuous 30-minute workout. "I'm pretty pleased with how everything went today. I was able to show my athleticism to all the scouts and I feel like the reaction was positive," Cunningham said. "I'm also happy for all the guys because I felt like they did a really good job of making the most of this opportunity." - Vanderbilt Football
01/16/17 - Vanderbilt LB Cunningham declares for NFL draft...Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham confirmed Sunday that he is bypassing his senior season and declaring for the NFL draft, the school announced. Cunningham, the first unanimous All-American in Commodores' history, led the Southeastern Conference with 125 tackles this season. He posted 16 1/2 tackles for losses, tying him for third most in a season in school history. Cunningham is considered a first-round pick. He is forecasted as the second-best outside linebacker and 23rd overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. "We could not be more proud of Zach Cunningham and what he has accomplished as a student-athlete at Vanderbilt," Commodores coach Derek Mason said in the school's press release. "Zach leaves West End among the most decorated players in Commodore football history, and he works as hard as any student-athlete I have ever coached. Zach's been a great pleasure to coach and a tremendous teammate. "Vanderbilt is indebted to Zach for his impact on our football program, on and off the field. Zach will always be a Vanderbilt Man, and we wish him years of success in the NFL." Cunningham recorded 295 career tackles (39.5 for losses), seven forced fumbles and six sacks during three seasons with the Commodores. Vanderbilt has produced only two first-round draft picks in the past 30 years. Quarterback Jay Cutler was the No. 11 overall selection by the Denver Broncos in 2006 and offensive tackle Chris Williams was the 14th pick in 2008 by the Chicago Bears. - The Sports Xchange
12/19/16 - 2016 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt,...Cunningham becomes the first Commodore to earn back-to-back first team all-conference honors from the coaches since wide receiver Jordan Matthews was selected in 2012-13. Cunningham ranked among the league leaders in numerous statistical categories for the second consecutive year. A finalist for the Butkus Award and semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Cunningham topped all SEC defensive players with 119 total tackles and four fumble recoveries, ranked second with 68 solo stops, and third with 16 tackles for loss. Cunningham’s tackle total is the most by a Vanderbilt player since current Commodore inside linebacker coach Chris Marve registered 121 tackles in 2009. Cunningham enters the Independence Bowl 19 tackles total ahead runnerup Jordan Jones of Kentucky. Cunningham’s 68 unassisted tackles is just one off his 2015 season total. The last Commodore to register more solo tackles than Cunningham was All-SEC linebacker Moses Osemwegie, who had 83 solo stops in 2005. - Vanderbilt Football