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Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 1, 2013 – 7:55 am

It’s a play that found itself on virtually every highlight tape of the 2012 college football season.

Early in the fourth quarter, the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks found themselves on a brink of an early season upset at the hands of the Vanderbilt Commodores.

The Gamecocks offense was sputtering and, down 13-10, a final quarter drive was needed in the SEC opener.

Tight end Justice Cunningham was known as a blocker but on a second-and-seven from the South Carolina 47-yard line, the future Mr. Irrelevant was anything but that.

Cunningham came off the line of scrimmage and ran a deep post with quarterback Connor Shaw finding the tight end over the middle of the field.

At virtually the same time the ball found Cunningham’s hands, the tight end received a blow to the head, knocking his helmet off, but not before the ball was secured for a 20-yard gain, giving the Gamecocks the ball in Vanderbilt territory for the first time since the second quarter.

“The Vanderbilt game was such a huge catch because it was such a physical play, such a clutch catch and their guy gets a penalty for hitting above the neck,” Joe Robinson, Cunningham’s tight end coach said.


At 264 pounds, Cunningham fits the mold as a blocking tight end in the NFL but Robinson pointed to much more than just that.

“I think he’s a tremendous receiver and in terms of the type of player and person, I really think that the Colts are going to enjoy him,” Robinson said.

“He’s the kind of guy that you have to run out of the weight room and you’ve got to run him out of the meeting room. He’s the guy that always gives extra and always spends more time in the building than anybody else.

Cunningham made 41 catches over the last two seasons at South Carolina and Robinson points to the tight end’s study of the Gamecocks’ offense on why he was so successful.

As the final pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, Cunningham will undoubtedly have to find a role on special teams and after leading the Gamecocks punt protection unit, that should be no problem.

“As a special teams coordinator, it’s going to take two or three guys on this football team to replace him for all the things he did for us on special teams. When you throw all that in there, I think once the (Colts) realizes how valuable and how many different things he can do, he’s just going to make an impact.”

South Carolina Justice Cunningham hauls in a 20-yard reception in a Aug. 30 meeting against Vanderbilt. Photo courtesy of ESPN.

South Carolina’s Justice Cunningham hauls in a 20-yard reception in an Aug. 30 meeting against Vanderbilt. Photo courtesy of ESPN.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 28, 2013 – 10:30 am

2013 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts brass delighted with bevy of draftees
Colts trade way into 5th round, grab Tenn.-Martin DT Montori Hughes
Colts pick Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams in 7th round
Colts add USC center Khaled Holmes with 4th round pick
Peyton Manning says October game vs. Colts not on his mind yet
Justice Cunningham is 2013 NFL Draft’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’
Instincts key Colts safety Boyett
Hughes brings troubled past to Colts
Colts continue O-line revamping

Five more become Colts
Trojan Horse
Instant Reaction: TE-Justice Cunningham with the No. 254 pick
Instant Reaction: RB-Kerwynn Williams with the No. 230 pick
Instant Reaction: S-John Boyett with the No. 192 pick
Instant Reaction: DT-Montori Hughes with the No. 139 pick
C/OG Khaled Holmes with the No. 121 pick
Grigson finds trench player in a former wrestler, Thornton
Harnish looks back on eventful final day of 2012 NFL Draft
Thornton’s toughness continually praised by draft analysts

The work left to do in the AFC South
AFC South draft analysis
Wooten’s best quality for Titans: speed
The Texans’ four sixth-rounders
Jaguars now have options at safety
Titans may need run downs from Edwards
Denard Robinson: Offensive weapon?
Texans grow LB depth with Williams
Titans continue to add to O-line
Ace Sanders could give Jaguars a jolt
On the Jaguars’ restraint at quarterback

Eagles take Matt Barkley at No. 98
Source: LB Shaun Phillips to Denver
LeGarrette Blount dealt to Pats
QB Ryan Nassib goes to Giants
The 2013 draft’s winners, losers
Five best, worst matches of the draft
2013 NFL Draft: Breaking down winning and worrisome picks
Stephen Ross: Dolphins better without Tony Sparano
2013 NFL Draft: Winners and losers; rookie GMs do well
NFL Draft: Fraternal brothers of rehab helping Lattimore
Big weekend for the Packers and other thoughts on Day 3 of draft

Bill Belichick’s plan speaks to depth
NY Jets GM John Idzik, who helped build talented Seattle Seahawks, right to draft QB Geno Smith

NY Giants grab Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib after trading up in the fourth round of the NFL draft
Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene thrilled to be joining the Bears’ legacy of linebackers

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