NEW MEXICO:Former walk-on kicker who has made big strides in his development since arriving at UNM...suffered what many thought was a career-ending torn ACL in his left plant leg while attempting to tackle returner Marcus Smith midway through the spring season in late April, but has made a stunning recovery without surgery...began jogging and doing rehab roughly one month after suffering the injury and was walking without a limp by early June...he says a burning desire to kick in his first collegiate game in his final year of eligibility fueled the incredible comeback...was enjoying an excellent spring before the injury and emerged once again one of the top contenders for the starting FG/PAT job during training camp...wears a brace to stabilize the injured knee...leg strength has improved markedly over the past few years and he has added 15 pounds to his frame since arriving in Albuquerque...is surprisingly powerful in the weight room, despite his size...had not kicked in a game since high school (`02) prior to the `07 season opener, but trained the past three years at UNM with two first team all-MWC kickers in Kenny Byrd (2005-06) and Wes Zunker (2004)...put on scholarship in August of `07...transferred to UNM from San Jose State in the spring of 2004...did not appear in any games for the Spartans...high school teammate of Lobo deep snapper Jon O'Brien...hometown is pronounced teh-HA-chuh-pee.
2007 (SENIOR): Enjoyed an incredible first half of his debut season, helping the Lobos lead the Mountain West in scoring offense...after a 1-3 start to his career, he has hit his last 12 field goals - the 3rd-longest streak in the country...now leads the MWC and is tied for 2nd nationally with 13 field goals on 15 attempts...tops in the league (23rd nationally), averaging 9.5 points/game (57 total)...86.7% conversion rate is No. 2 in the league among players with at least 10 attempts...4-4 on FGs of 40+ yards, including a long of 44...5 multiple FG games this fall...18-19 PATs...earned MWC Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice in the first 4 weeks of the season.
vs. Sacramento State...Matched his career-high with 3 first half field goals (36, 30, 37) and was perfect on all 7 PATs for a career-high 16 points...was rewarded with MWC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the 2nd time this season.
at Arizona...Nailed both 2nd half FGs to help the Lobos secure a landmark road win...connected from 31 then calmly drilled a career-long 44-yarder with 6:41 left in the game...final FG proved to be the game-winner as UNM held on for a 2-point victory.
vs New Mexico State...Tremendous bounce-back game...accounted for 14 points in the Lobos' 10-point win, hitting all 3 FGs from 30, 38, and 21 yards, and hit all 5 PATs...performance earned him MWC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
at UTEP...Handled field goal and kick-off duties in his collegiate debut and first official game since his senior year of high school in 2002...made an immediate impact with a touchdown saving tackle on Miner standout Quentin Demps on the opening kickoff...UTEP eventually had to settle for a long field goal...had his ups-and-downs on his first four FG attempts (2-4)...missed his first attempt from 32 before connecting from 20, then had his 37-yard kick glance off the upright, but came back to nail a clean 40-yarder in the 4th quarter.
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2003 graduate of Tehachapi (Calif.) HS...hon. mention all-area kicker for head coach Steve Denman...Scholar-Athlete award winner for the football team as well...also lettered in soccer and golf, and was a two-time MVP in both sports...hit a hole-in-one during a tournament his senior year.
PERSONAL:Born on Jan. 6, 1985, in Fullerton, Calif...age is 22...full name is John Fitzgerald Sullivan...son of Joe and Jane...father is a prison warden and mother is a teacher...has a sister, Kelly, and brother, Billy...dad played football and rugby at Cerritos College and Cal State Los Angeles in the early 1970s...majoring in Exercise Science.