Returning All-American, who will be among the nation’s premier punters once again in 2002 … Three-year starter at punter … Has excellent mechanics and a strong kicking leg … UMass’ all-time leader in career punting average, with an average of 40.6 yards per kick … Has played in 34 career games.
2001: Played in all 11 games as UMass’ top punter … A second team All-America selection by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette … A first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection … Named the team’s outstanding special teams player … Punted 68 times on the season for 2,812 yards, averaging 41.4 yards per punt … His average of 41.4 yards ranked as the second-best single season mark in UMass history … Finished the season ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference and 13th nationally in punting average … Helped UMass to a net punting average of 37.3 yards per kick, a mark which ranked second in the Atlantic 10 and seventh in the nation at the end of the regular season … Placed 20 of his 68 punts on the season inside the opponents’ 20-yard line … Averaged 41.5 yards on eight punts against Richmond in the season finale, with four kicks inside the 20-yard line … Punted three times for 132 yards (44.0 yard average) against Rhode Island, while placing one kick inside the 20-yard line … Averaged 40.6 yards on seven punts at Villanova with five kicks inside the 20-yard line, two of which were downed at the Wildcat one-yard line … Punted eight times for an average of 50.3 yards against James Madison, breaking the school and McGuirk Alumni Stadium single game records for punting average … Also had a 71-yard punt against James Madison, the longest of his career and the eighth-longest in school history … Named Atlantic 10 Special Teams Player of the Week and National Special Teams Player of the Week by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette following the James Madison game, in addition to being selected to the ECAC Division I-AA Honor Roll … Averaged 42.1 yards on seven punts at Hofstra, with three of his kicks downed inside the Pride’s 20-yard line … Punted five times at Delaware for an average of 41.4 yards … Averaged 43.8 yards on five punts against Division I-A Marshall, with two kicks inside the 20-yard line … Had a tackle on special teams against William & Mary.
2000: Earned honorable mention All-America honors from Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette … The starting punter for the Minutemen … Played in 10 games on the season … Punted 38 times on the season for 1,498 yards … Averaged 39.4 yards per punt on the year, with 14 kicks inside the 20-yard line … Placed sixth on the UMass single season list for punting average … Had three punts for 122 yards (40.7 average) against Villanova … Hit a season-best 67-yard punt at New Hampshire … Punted five times for 211 yards (42.2 average) against AIC … Had seven punts for 288 yards (41.1 average) at Northeastern, while also rushing once for three yards … Punted six times for 240 yards against New Haven (40.0 average) … Had four punts for 171 yards (42.8 average) at Richmond … Punted three times against William & Mary, and placed all three punts inside the 20-yard line … Earned preseason honorable mention All-America honors from Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette … Preseason second team All-Atlantic 10 selection … Named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in the spring semester.
1999: The starting punter for the Minutemen … Played in every game on the season … Punted 62 times for 2,514 yards (40.5 average), with 19 punts inside the 20-yard line … Ranked 30th in the nation in punting during the regular season … Finished the year third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in punting … Placed third on the UMass single season list for punting average … Punted five times for 236 yards (47.2 average) at Georgia Southern in the NCAA quarterfinals … Had four punts for 159 yards (39.8 average) in NCAA first-round victory at Furman … Punted three times for 168 yards (56.0 average) against Connecticut, with a career-long punt of 65 yards … Had four punts for 150 yards against Rhode Island, for an average of 37.5 yards … Punted six times for 235 yards at Delaware, averaging 39.2 yards per kick … Had five punts for 198 yards at Maine (39.6 average), with a long of 57 yards … Punted once for 53 yards against Northeastern … Had six punts for 261 yards (43.5 average) against Hofstra, with a long punt of 57 yards … Punted eight times for 308 yards at Toledo, averaging 38.5 yards per kick … Had six punts for 251 yards at Villanova, averaging 41.8 yards with a long punt of 56 yards … Named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in the spring semester.
Before UMass: Two-year starter for coach Gerald Hodgin at Merritt Island (Fla.) High School … Played defensive end, in addition to punting … Averaged 39.9 yards per punt during his senior season … Placed 16 of 25 punts inside the 20-yard line, with a long kick of 71 yards … Had five punts over 50 yards … Named first team All-Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel … Also earned first team All-Space Coast Conference and All-Cape Coast Conference honors … Named All-State and listed as the top punter in Florida by the Henley Recruiting and Evaluation Service … Helped team to state quarterfinals in 1996 and 1997.
Personal: Full name is David Kent Sanger … Son of Sheldon and Susie Sanger … Born May 20, 1981, in Rockledge, Fla. … Majoring in Hotel, Restaurant & Travel Administration.
Sanger’s Punting Statistics
Sanger’s Career Highs
Punts 8 five times, last vs. Richmond, 11/23/01 Yards Punting 402 vs. James Madison, 10/20/01 Punting Avg. (min. 5 punts) 50.3 vs. James Madison, 10/20/01 Longest Punt 71 vs. James Madison, 10/20/01 Punts Inside 20 5 at Villanova, 10/27/01