Josh Cummings gives Pitt a tested offensive weapon in the kicking game...a first-team All-Big East performer last year, Cummings should see his national status rise in 2005...merits All-America and Lou Groza Award consideration...was consistent and unshakable during his all-star junior season...came through in the clutch with three game-winning field goals...perhaps his biggest was a 32-yarder with one second left that clinched a 41-38 upset of Notre Dame, hailed as a classic by many observers of the longtime series...finished the season as Pitt's most prolific kick scorer in 28 years...exudes a quiet and mature confidence in his abilities but still soaks up as much knowledge as he can about kicking..."Josh is very talented," said Coach Greg Gattuso, who works with the specialists. "He has great accuracy and a great leg. The thing that impresses me the most about Josh is his willingness to learn. He listens well and that complements his kicking ability."...a California native, Cummings came to Pittsburgh with long blonde hair, earning the nickname "Sunshine" from his teammates (an allusion to a character from the film "Remember the Titans")...prior to his standout junior-college career, spent one season at Oregon (2001).
2004: Joined Pitt as a junior-college transfer and went on to play a vital role in the team's run to the Fiesta Bowl...first team All-Big East...shared Pitt's Special Teams MVP award with punter Adam Graessle...led Pitt in scoring with 89 points...was just 10 points shy of Pitt's single-season scoring record for a kicker set by Carson Long, who had a school-best 99 during the Panthers' 1976 national championship campaign...Cummings' 18 field goals tied Pitt's single-season record established by Long in 1976...Cummings had a long field goal of 47 yards (Rutgers)...was 35 of 37 in PATs...had made his first 30 PATs of the year before having two blocked at South Florida...ranked 13th nationally in field goals (1.50 FG/game)...ranked second in the Big East in kick scoring (7.4 pts./game) and field goals (1.50 FG/game)...ranked third in the Big East in overall scoring (7.4 pts./game) and field goal percentage (66.7%, 18 of 27)...matched his career high with 11 points at Notre Dame...was a perfect 5 of 5 in PATs and 2 of 2 in FGs (27, 32)...his 32-yard FG with one second left gave the Panthers a 41-38 victory, their first at Notre Dame since 1986...scored a career-high (tied) 11 points versus Furman, connecting on all five PATs and two field goal attempts (37, 27)...his 37-yarder in overtime versus Furman was the game winner...named Big East Special Teams Player of the Week for his Furman performance...also provided a game-winning FG in overtime versus Boston College (27 yards)...matched his career high in points (11) against Rutgers, hitting all five PATs and both field goal attempts (47, 40)...his 47-yarder was a career long...named Big East Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against Rutgers...had 10 points with a career-high three FGs (37, 35, 20) and one PAT against West Virginia...made both of his FG attempts, including a 45-yarder, and all three of his PATs versus Temple...earned coaching staff's Special Teams Player of the Game honor four times (Notre Dame, Rutgers, Temple and Furman).
Junior College: Converted 15-of-21 field goals (.714) and 47-of-51 extra points (.922) at College of the Canyons (Calif.) in 2003...also averaged 39 yards on 10 punts...had a long field goal of 50 yards...helped College of the Canyons to an 11-1 record, the Western State Conference Bowl championship and the semifinals of the Southern California playoffs...College of the Canyons reached No. 4 in the J.C. Gridwire national rankings...J.C. Gridwire third team All-American...played under COC coach Chuck Lyon...Chris Sailer National Kicking Competition champion in field goals, kickoffs and punting.
High School: As a senior at William S. Hart High, set a single-season school record by making 11 field goals...51-yard field goal also was a school best...compiled 120 touchbacks in two seasons as a kickoff specialist...first team All-CIF Southern Section and All-Foothill League...named All-San Fernando Valley by the Los Angeles Times and San Fernando Valley Daily News...helped team to the CIF Division 3 championship with a 12-2 record his senior year...team also won the CIF title his junior year with a 14-0 mark and reached No. 13 in the USA Today rankings...played under Hart coach Mike Herrington...earned three football letters and two soccer letters at Hart.
Personal: Joshua T. Cummings, born 2/20/83, is the son of Rodney and Jana Cummings...has one sister...communication and rhetoric major.
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