UTAH: Honor candidate was outstanding in his first year starting at center last year ... made the preseason Rimington Trophy watch list ... strong and mobile ... very accurate snapping from the shotgun.
2006-Started all 13 games at center ... in 12 regular season games (no bowl stats were kept), he snapped the ball 796 times ... averaged 66.3 plays per game ... led all Utah offensive linemen with 38 knockdowns ... has also recorded 19 pancake blocks and 15 cuts ... eight pancake blocks against Air Force was the best by a Ute in 2006 ... also tallied five knockdowns and two cuts vs. the Falcons ... made the Athletics Academic Honor Roll.
2005-Played in three games (Utah State, Wyoming and Georgia Tech), mainly on special teams.
2004-Played in seven games, including three conference games ... took part in a season-high 14 offensive plays against UNLV ... he was in on 12 offensive plays against North Carolina, 8 against Utah State and 6 vs. Texas A&M.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time all-league ... all-county senior year ... Daily News all-area ... played in the 2003 California Bowl ... Adolfo Camarillo High School (Calif.) team captain ... set school strength records in bench, clean and squat ... made high school Who's Who of America ... Golden State Excellence Award ... enjoys snowboarding, surfing and guitar.
PERSONAL: Son of Keith and Tamara Gunther ... father played football for Oregon and mother played volleyball for UCLA ... one brother ... mass communication major ... full name is Kyle Coury Gunther ... born June 26, 1985.