The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions
Preps Footall Header

Calendar


Prep sports headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Monday, September 1, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

1997 revisited: Corey Gunnerson

  • Ian Terry / The Herald
Former Everett High School linebacker Corey Gunnerson, posing for a portrait at Memorial Stadium in Everett on Tuesday, ...

    Ian Terry / The Herald Former Everett High School linebacker Corey Gunnerson, posing for a portrait at Memorial Stadium in Everett on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, was the 1997 defensive player of the year. Photo taken on 08122014

In 1997, the Everett Seagulls won more football games than they had in nearly 30 years. One of the big reasons for their success, both figuratively and literally, was senior middle linebacker and fullback Corey Gunnerson.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Gunnerson was named The Herald's 1997 Defensive Player of the Year. He led the Seagulls to an 8-2 record and a second-place finish in the Wesco 3A North. He recorded 20 tackles for loss, including six sacks. On offense, he ran for 1,302 yards and 18 touchdowns, and caught 12 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns.
Gunnerson went on to play football at Western Washington University, where he was recruited to play defense, but got a bit of a surprise before he ever attended a practice.
"I'd been recruited as a middle linebacker the whole time, and back in the day you'd get mailed a playbook and it was a defensive-line playbook," Gunnerson said. "At no point did they mention to me that I wasn't going to be a linebacker.
"I had always been a middle linebacker from when I started playing until then, but once I started kind of seeing the schemes that they were running and whatnot, it was definitely a better fit for me. It ended up working out good in the long run."
Gunnerson red-shirted in 1998 and played for the Vikings from 1999-2002. In 2001, he recorded 26 tackles, including 13 for lost yardage. He followed that with 43 tackles, including 7½ for loss and 2½ sacks as a senior.
When Gunnerson enrolled in college he intended to be a high-school history teacher, but he was detoured to a different path just as he was to a different position on the football field.
"I took one accounting class and got hooked," he said.
Gunnerson, who once again resides in Everett, graduated from Western with his accounting degree and currently works as a property tax auditor for the state of Washington.
Aaron Lommers covers prep sports for The Herald. Follow him on Twitter at @aaronlommers and contact him at alommers@heraldnet.com.

Like our high school sports page on Facebook, follow @HeraldNetPreps on Twitter and look for updates on our Prep Zone blog.

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.