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#13 Desi Cullen

Junior
Punter
6-2, 225
Louisville, Ky.
Butler

A true junior who enters the season as UConn’s top punter.

 

2007: Turned in one of the best seasons in UConn history in his first year as a starter, averaging 40.7 yards on his 75 punts … Holder for the field goal unit … Also handled kickoffs and had 11 touchbacks out of his 74 boots … Averaged 43.7 yards on seven punts against Wake Forest (Dec. 29) … Punted a career-high 10 times at Cincinnati (Nov. 10) and averaged 44.5 yards on those kicks … Had perhaps his best game at Virginia (Oct. 13) where he averaged a season-high 49.0 yards per punt, including a career-long boot of 60 yards, while also picking up a pair of touchbacks on five kickoffs … Averaged 47.5 yards on his five punts against Akron (Sept. 29) … Killed four punts inside the 20-yard line at Pittsburgh (Sept. 22) … Earned the team’s special teams game ball at Duke (Sept. 1) from his first game as a punter after averaging 39.4 yards per punt, booming a pair of touchbacks and holding for Tony Ciaravino’s three successful field goals and four PAT conversions.

 

2006: Saw action in five games on kickoffs … Made a pair of tackles in coverage, a solo at Rutgers (Oct. 29) and an assist against Rhode Island (Aug. 31).

 

High School: Was used in high school for kickoffs, field goals and punts … In his senior year had four kickoffs go through the goalposts and had only three kickoffs returned … Averaged 43 yards per punt in his senior year and, in one game, had seven punts for a 49-yard average … Earned All-District, All-Region and All-County honors in junior and senior years … An All-State honorable mention pick as a senior … Also played soccer and was a part of his regional Olympic Development Program.

 

Personal Profile: Desmond Brendan Cullen … Born on January 16, 1987 … The second Kentuckian to play at UConn, joining Louisville’s Corey Taylor (Trinity Catholic) who lettered in 1995 … A human development and family studies major.

 

YEAR   GP-GS PNT     YDS     AVG     LNG     TB        I20

2007   13-13  75      3055   40.7    60         7        21

 

DESI CULLEN’S CAREER HIGHS

Most Punts:             10, at Cincinnati 11/10/07

Most Punting Yards:  445, at Cincinnati 11/10/07

Highest Punt Avg.:    49.0, at Virginia, 10/13/07

Longest Punt:          60, at Virginia, 10/13/07


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