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Ziehl Kavanaght
Ziehl Kavanaght

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brossard, Quebec

High School:
Cegep du Vi Montreal

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 180

Position:
WR

Birthdate:
12/08/1976

Experience:
3L


Penciled in the starting lineup at split end following the early departure of All-American Charles Rogers to the National Football League...had six receptions for 56 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown strike from Damon Dowdell, in the March 29 scrimmage...already ranks among Michigan State's all-time leaders in punt returns (ninth with 429 career yards on 54 returns)...AS A JUNIOR: Saw action in 11 games in 2002, including four starts at flanker, and played a career-high 154 minutes...caught 11 passes for 123 yards (11.2 avg.) while sharing time with BJ Lovett at flanker...caught at least one pass in eight games...had two catches each vs. Minnesota (35 yards), Iowa (14) and California (15)...his 26-yard reception vs. Northwestern set up a field goal...accounted for 410 all-purpose yards...returned 33 punts for 287 yards, the eighth-best single-season total in Spartan history...ranked sixth in the Big Ten in punt returns with his 8.7-yard average...scored his first career touchdown on an 88-yard punt return vs. Northwestern that gave the Spartans a 27-17 lead late in the third quarter...his 88-yard punt return marked the fourth longest in MSU history...returned four punts for 83 yards (20.8 avg.) vs. Rice, including a 25-yarder that set up Dave Rayner's game-tying (10-10) field goal in the third quarter...returned another punt 49 yards to the Rice 13 late in the fourth quarter...had seven punt returns for 64 yards vs. Eastern Michigan in the 2002 season opener...AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in all 12 games in 2001 and played 113.5 minutes...worked behind Charles Rogers at split end...had four receptions for 46 yards (11.5 avg.)...caught one pass in four games, including a career-long 28-yard grab from Ryan Van Dyke vs. Minnesota...returned 10 punts for 82 yards (8.2 avg.)...his 36-yard punt return in the first quarter vs. Indiana set up Jeff Smoker's 18-yard TD toss to Herb Haygood...played a career-best 21.5 minutes vs. Michigan...AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in seven games in 2000, primarily on special teams, and played 23.5 minutes...returned 11 punts for 60 yards (5.5 avg.), including a season-long 14-yarder in the finale vs. Penn State...his 11-yard punt return in the first quarter vs. Illinois set up Michigan State's first score...had three receptions for 104 yards (34.7 avg.) in April 8 scrimmage, including a 56-yard touchdown catch...1999 SEASON: Redshirted...made great strides as a receiver during Michigan State's preparation for the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl...HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter for Coach Marc Santerre at Cegep du Vieux Montreal in Quebec...twice named to the AAA All-Star Team...caught 50 passes for 1,250 yards (25.0 avg.) and seven touchdowns in 1997...returned five kicks for scores during his prep career...son of Jacqueline Kavanaght...born Dec. 8, 1976...majoring in psychology.

Kavanaght's Statistics
Receiving	G/GS	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	LG
2000	         7/0	--	--	--	--	--
2001	        12/0	4	46	11.5	0	28
2002	        11/4	11	123	11.2	0	26
Career	        30/4	15	169	11.3	0	28

Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. TD LG 2000 11 60 5.5 0 14 2001 10 82 8.2 0 36 2002 33 287 8.7 1 88 Career 54 429 7.9 1 88

Kavanaght's Career Highs Catches: 2, three times (last vs. Minnesota, 2002) Receiving Yards: 35, vs. Minnesota (2002) Punt Returns: 7, vs. Eastern Michigan (2002) Punt Return Yards: 96, vs. Northwestern (2002)