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The Honolulu Advertiser
Updated at 6:05 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2009

Warriors land top punter from Australia

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

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Alex Dunnachie, a punter from Australia, said he has accepted a football scholarship from the University of Hawai'i.

Dunnachie, who is 6 feet 2 and 220 pouinds, is one of the top punters at the Ray Guy Academy for punters, kickers and long-snappers.

Dunnachie said he "consistently hit it 65, 70 yards."

Rick Sang, co-founder of the Ray Guy Academy, said Dunnachie has had several punts with hang times in excess of 5 seconds.

"He has natural power," Sang said. "He looks like a college tight end."

Dunnachie said he has never played American football. But he has played Australian Rules Football, which emphasizes kicking, since he was 5.

"We kick it end over end, back spin, spirals," Dunnachie said.

As for choosing UH, Dunnachie said: "This place is paradise."

UH has reserved one more scholarship.

Reach Stephen Tsai at stsai@honoluluadvertiser.com.