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Pinson Valley’s Cunningham is 5A Lineman of the Year

By Gary Lloyd

Pinson Valley senior linebacker Zach Cunningham is the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A Lineman of the Year.

Cunningham was announced as the winner today in Montgomery. The two other finalists were Homewood junior offensive lineman Jordan Sims and St. Paul’s junior linebacker Tre Williams.

Pinson Valley senior linebacker Zach Cunningham (34) tackles a Hartselle player during the 2011 Class 5A state playoffs.
file photo by Anna Malone

Cunningham earlier this month was named to the Class 5A All-State football team and played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound four-star prospect by ESPN totaled a state-leading 194 tackles this season for Pinson Valley. He also had 41 tackles for loss, four blocked punts and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown.

Cunningham has scholarship offers from Auburn, Oregon, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Duke, Louisiana Tech, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Alabama, South Carolina, Troy, UAB and UCLA, according to ESPN.

Cunningham is expected to choose from these universities on National Signing Day on Feb. 6 at a ceremony at Pinson Valley High School. The time of the ceremony has yet to be determined.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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