Hunter Cantrell garners D2CCA All-Region football honors

By | December 4, 2017 9:44 am

Hunter Cantrell

Courtesy of Tusculum Athletics

PEMBROKE, N.C. – Tusculum punter Hunter Cantrell has been named to the 2017 Division II Conference Commissioners Association’s All-Super Region 2 second team announced officials on Friday.

Cantrell, a senior from Sparta, Tennessee finished the season with a 41.64 punting average, which was second in the South Atlantic Conference and 14th-best in the country. His average this year was also the fifth highest in a TC single-season. Of his 56 punts, 26 were pinned inside the 20-yard line, the most of any punter in the conference. He recorded a six punts over 50 yards, including a season-long 56-yarder at Limestone.

The 2017 All-SAC first team honoree posted a season-best 45.5 yards per punt at Limestone in a NCAA Division II-Showcase Game where the ESPN3 announcers named him “Hunter the Punter”. In TC’s 31-30 double-overtime win at Newberry, Cantrell averaged 43.1 yards on his eight punts with all eight of his kicks inside the 20-yard line. He was named National Special Teams Player of the Week and the SAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

He leaves Tusculum as its all-time leader with 241 punts and 9,504 punting yards and is fourth with his 39.44 career punting average. His 63 career punts inside the 20-yard line are the second-most in school history, just six shy of the all-time mark held by former TC All-American John Gregory from 2006-2009.

The Pioneers finished the season with a 5-5 overall record, including 3-4 in league play to finish fourth in the conference, the team’s second straight top-tier finish in the SAC. TC also posted its first non-losing campaign since 2014.

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