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Nick Bunting
41   Nick Bunting

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tulsa, Okla.

High School:
Holland Hall HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 230

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
3L


Tulsa -- A three-year starter . . . has played and started in 36 career games, including 35 straight heading into the 2006 season . . . named to Preseason Watch Lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for the nation's top defensive player . . . named preseason first-team all-Conference USA by The Sporting News and Blue Ribbon College Yearbook . . . has seven career double-figure tackle games . . . has 252 career tackles and 21.5 stops for -102 yards . . . enters his senior season needing 20 more tackles to move into 10th place on the school's career tackles chart . . .2005 -- Started all 13 games . . . named to the C-USA third-team all-conference squad . . . ranked fourth on the team with 85 tackles . . . his five quarterback sacks was a team-high and ranked fourth in Conference USA . . . tallied three double-digit tackle games . . . had eight stops in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Fresno State . . . tallied seven tackles, two sacks for -17 yards and two forced fumbles vs. UCF in the C-USA Championship Game . . . had just three stops vs. Tulane, but they were two sacks for -17 yards . . . tallied 10 stops vs. UTEP . . . had a season-high 11 tackles vs. Houston . . . had a team-best 10 tackles with one TFL for -4 yards vs. Minnesota . . . also shared the team-high with nine stops vs. Oklahoma . . . was named to the Butkus and Bednarik Award Preseason Watch Lists . . . 2004 -- Started all 12 games . . . earned all-WAC second team accolades . . . was second on the team with 88 tackles . . . also had five stops for -22 yards, including three sacks for -18 yards . . . had a season-best 12 stops against both Louisiana Tech and San Jose State . . . also had nine stops and two quarterback hurries vs. Rice . . . tallied eight tackles against Southwest Missouri State and Boise State . . . was on the 2004 Preseason Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award . . . 2003 -- Was named to the Scripps/FWAA Freshman All-America Team . . . named to the Freshman All-America second-team by CollegeFootballNews.com . . . was selected as the WAC Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches . . . earned first-team all-WAC honors as well . . . started 11 games as a true freshman . . . missed the Arkansas and Texas State games with an injury . . . tallied 79 tackles and seven stops for -22 yards to rank fourth on the team in tackles . . . had double-figure tackles in two games . . . tallied a career-best 13 stops vs. SMU and added 12 stops vs. Boise State . . . was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Arkansas State with nine stops and one interception for 12-yard TD . . . had eight tackles each vs. Minnesota and Nevada . . . had seven tackles and two stops for -5 yards vs. Louisiana Tech . . . Overall -- A natural linebacker . . . an intelligent player . . . has great athletic ability . . . a productive and instinctive player . . . has a great understanding of the defensive scheme . . . has the ability to make plays.

High School -- A three-year prep letterwinner . . . earned two letters at Holland Hall High School, and one letter at Memorial High School . . . started for three years at both running back and linebacker . . . helped lead his team to a 7-2 record as a senior . . . led the Dutchmen in rushing (1,094), touchdowns (14), tackles (86) and sacks (12) in his senior season . . . was an all-state and all-metro selection by the Tulsa World . . . named first-team Southwest Preparatory Conference as a senior . . . earned Daily Oklahoman honorable mention all-state accolades his senior season . . . completed his two-year career at Holland Hall with 1,500 rushing yards and 18 TDs, as well as 121 tackles and 16 sacks . . . was injured as a junior and played in only three games . . . rushed for 750 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore at Memorial High School . . . also had 95 tackles, eight sacks and six fumble recoveries his sophomore season . . . high school football coach was Tag Gross.

Personal -- Favorite movie is Scarface . . . lists "ESPN SportsCenter" as his favorite TV show . . . favorite NFL player is Ray Lewis and his favorite pro athlete is Lebron James . . . favorite book is the Bible . . . his favorite NFL team is the Baltimore Ravens, while his favorite professional sports team is the NBA's Cleveland Cavs . . .enjoys fishing, bowling and playing video games . . . lists Bob Marley as his favorite musician . . . his favorite class at TU is American Republic . . . the most memorable place he has visited is Jamaica . . . the three words he uses to best describe him are "composed, tough and truthful" . . . the person he would most like to meet is former Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus . . . his uncle Bill Solomon played football at Colorado and major league baseball with the San Diego Padres . . . his parents are William and Debra Bunting . . . his father played college football at Illinois State . . . majoring in management . . . born January 20, 1984.

Bunting's Career Statistics
Defense	G	UT	AT	Tot	Loss	Sack	FR	FF	PBU	Int
2003 (Fr)11	34	45	79	7/-22	3/-14	0	1	3	2
2004 (So)12	48	40	88	5/-22	3/-18	0	2	1	1
2005 (Jr)13	49	36	85	9.5/-58	5/-45	0	2	1	0
Totals	36	131	121	252	21.5/-102	11/-77	0	5	5	3