Senior receiver established single-season school records for receptions and receiving yards last fall
Broke the BC career receiving yards record against USC in the Emerald Bowl as he finished with 2,459 yards...he broke Pete Mitchell's record of 2,388 yards set from 1991-94...also ranks second in career receptions (181) and fourth in receiving touchdowns (18).
Named one of two offensive captains and became the first wide receiver captain since Ray Hilvert in 1990...voted team MVP...started all 13 games...All-ACC honorable mention selection...led the team in catches (60), yards (880), touchdowns (7) and average yards per game (67.7)...had four 100-yard games...caught six passes for 130 yards and a touchdown against USC in the Emerald Bowl...broke the career receiving yards record on a 61-yard touchdown catch, the second longest catch of his career...had six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown against North Carolina...tallied three receptions for 75 yards at Virginia...became the first wide receiver to record consecutive 100-yard games for BC since Dedrick Dewalt did it in 2000...caught eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown vs. Central Michigan ...recorded a career-high 179 yards on 10 catches and had a touchdown at Notre Dame...caught five passes for 47 yards and a touchdown against Florida State...caught five passes for 51 yards vs. Wake Forest...caught a team-high six passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns against Kent State...returned four punts for 129 yards against Northeastern, including a 56-yard return for a touchdown...recipient of The Quick Family Scholarship.
Led the receiving corps with 49 catches and four touchdowns...second on the team with 551 yards, a 11.2 per catch average, and a 42.4 per game clip...accumulated 727 all-purpose yards which was second on the team...had seven catches for 114 yards in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech, including a 16-yard touchdown reception ...registered three catches for 78 yards and a touchdown against Maryland...had four receptions for 52 yards at Wake Forest, including a 36-yard catch on third down in the final drive that led to the game-winning score...recorded five receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown at Florida State...had four receptions for 34 yards against Notre Dame...caught three passes for 24 yards against Clemson...recorded five receptions for 37 yards at North Carolina...returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown vs. Virginia Tech and had two catches for 15 yards ...recorded a career-high 11 catches for 123 yards at NC State, including a 12-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter...had five catches in the first four games.
Emerged as BC's big-play wide receiver...finished second on the team in receptions with 64 catches for 931 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns...put BC ahead for good in the win over Michigan State with a 29-yard touchdown catch from Matt Ryan early in the second quarter...scored again in the fourth quarter with a career-high 68-yard TD reception from Ryan...finished the game with 6 receptions for a career-best 138 yards and the two TDs...had four catches for 44 yards with a long 15-yard reception against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship...also returned two kickoffs for 36 yards...marked a career-best outing in both receptions and yardage in last home game of the season against Miami, pulling in nine Matt Ryan passes for 135 yards, which also included a 49-yard grab in the fourth quarter...also manned kickoff return duties for the second straight game, running back two times for 46 yards, including a long 26-yard return...made one of the two most memorable catches of the entire 2007 season at Clemson; with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter, found a way to break coverage and get open for a 43-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan that sealed a 20-17 comeback victory, booking the team a trip to its first ever ACC Championship...finished the game with five receptions for 82 yards...also saw his first kickoff-return action, notching two returns for 40 yards... 97-yards receiving off four catches in loss against Maryland...had a long catch of 29 yards in the first quarter...caught a 42-yard pass from Matt Ryan in loss against Florida State...finished the game with three receptions for 68 yards...with 2:11 left to go in fourth quarter at Virginia Tech, caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan that marked the beginning of a historic comeback for the Eagles...ended the night with three catches for 34 yards...ranked second on the team in receiving with a season-high seven catches for 38 yards in the 27-14 win at Notre Dame...got his first career start at wide receiver, bringing in three catches for 21 yards versus Bowling Green...recorded a career-high six catches for 97 yards in performance against Massachusetts...also had his first-career kickoff return for 15 yards...had two big catches in win over Army, including a 22-yard reception for a touchdown...ended the game with two catches for 39 yards and a touchdown...had a solid performance, catching five passes for 60 yards, helping team to a total of 435 yards receiving at Georgia Tech...tied the team's top-receiving performance of the day with three receptions for 25 yards in win over NC State...had the first two touchdown catches of his career on the same day in BC's 38-28 win over Wake Forest in the season opener...finished the day with four receptions for 54 yards...hauled in a 38-yarder from Matt Ryan on a one-play drive in the first half that tied the game after the Eagles had fallen behind 14-0...caught a five-yarder from Ryan late in the third quarter that gave the Eagles a 14-point lead.
Saw action in all 13 contests...had eight catches for 97 yards...made two catches for 19 yards in collegiate debut against Central Michigan...had one grab for six yards in win over BYU...made two catches for a career-high 24 yards at Wake Forest...had one catch for 21 yards against Duke...made one catch for 23 yards at Miami...had one grab for four yards in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy.
Earned All-State third-team honors in each of his last three seasons at Notre Dame High School; had his senior season cut short by an injury ... named to Tom Lemming's All-East Team ... also gained All-Area and All-Conference accolades in 2002, 2003 and 2004; selected as conference Player of the Year as a junior ... finished his career with 115 receptions for 2,200 yards and 38 touchdowns; returned three kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns ... totaled 236 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his injury-shortened senior season ... played for head coach Chappy Moore ... also competed on the Irish's basketball and track teams; won the 100-meter race (10.9) at the 2005 Mercer County Meet.
Richard P. Gunnell, born January 12, 1987 ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences ... Rich and his younger sister Richanna are the children of Valderie and Richard Gunnell.