2012 Spring Team Most Improved Linebacker
Veteran linebacker with 36 games of experience under his belt who will be looked to as a leader of the Tiger defense ... Opens camp at No. 1 on the depth chart at the strongside linebacker position, after starting two games a year ago at the middle ... Has a knack for the big play, with 6 career forced fumbles (the most among any returning Tiger).
Played a much bigger role, and performed well, finishing with a career-high 39 tackles in 11 games, including three starts ... Had a big game against Georgia, recording four tackles and forcing his second fumble of the season ... Also added an interception in the second quarter, the first of his career, which he returned 13 yards ... Forced a fumble and had three tackles against Arizona State ... Finished with a career-best eight tackles at South Carolina (four solo, four assisted) ... Assisted on a pair of tackles and had three solo takedowns while also notching a QB hurry against Central Florida in what was his first career start ... Started again against Vanderbilt and tallied seven tackles (2 solo, 5 assists) including two tackles for loss ... Had one tackle against Alabama ... Tallied two tackles and had a forced fumble in the Tigers' 14-7 loss at Florida ... Had four tackles (one assist, three solo) in the Tigers' 51-48, four overtime win at Tennessee ... Named the team's most improved linebacker in the spring, and closed spring ball in style, as he returned an interception 65 yards for a TD in Mizzou's annual Black & Gold Game ... Changed his jersey number to 8 during spring camp, after wearing #15 previously.
Played in all 13 games and gave huge contributions on special teams primarily ... Had 13 tackles on the season, including 8 on kickoff coverage, which was 4th-most on the squad ... Closed the year by making a career-high 5 tackles against North Carolina in the Independence Bowl, including several bone-jarring stops on kickoffs ... Recorded two tackles and forced two fumbles against Kansas ... Notched two tackles against Iowa State ... Also posted tackles against Western Illinois, Texas A&M and Texas ... Credited with a quarterback hurry against the Cyclones on Homecoming...
Was in line to see a lot of playing time in his second year in the program, but was forced to take a redshirt when he suffered a season-ending knee injury during fall camp ... Changed his jersey to #15 after wearing #21 as a freshman.
Played in 12 games in his true freshman season, seeing most of his time on Tiger special teams units to get his feet wet in at the collegiate level ... Had nine tackles in all on the year, including six coming on special teams units, where he made his mark primarily on the kickoff coverage squad ... Had five stops on kickoffs, which ranked as 4th-most on the team ... Made three tackles in the season-opener against Illinois ... Had a season-best four stops against Furman on Sept. 19 ... Added one tackle in each of the games against Nevada and Oklahoma State.
Ball-hawking defender who made his mark at Dallas' Lincoln High at safety ... ESPN.com said he displayed great break on the football and reacted well to the pass as an active free safety, and that he possessed soft hands, snatches the ball out of the air and was a real running threat once he makes the pick ... Won First-Team All-State and All-District honors as a senior, as he accounted for 91 tackles in 2008, to go with 23 pass break-ups and seven interceptions (two of which he returned for touchdowns), playing on a defense which led the state with 24 interceptions ... As a junior in 2007, tallied 32 tackles and grabbed five interceptions and was named a First-Team All-District selection ... Was also a multi-year letterwinner in basketball for his school ... high school coach - Jerry Sands
Son of Timothy Cunningham & Lashanda Bonner ... Is majoring in general studies at Mizzou ... Lists hobbies as sports, socializing and talking on the phone ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Kansas, Miami, Minnesota, and Colorado State, among others.