Dec. 7, 2005
Florida State senior noseguard Brodrick Bunkley has been named a first team All-American according to the Football Writers Association of America. Bunkley set a new school record for season tackles for loss in the victory over Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game. He ranks second nationally with 23 tackles for loss on the year. The FWAA/Cingular ABC Sports All-America team will be recognized at a banquet Friday evening in Orlando.
Bunkley has put together an outstanding senior season and not only leads the Seminoles in tackles for loss, but also in sacks with nine. Bunkley ranks fifth in the ACC in sacks, but first among interior defensive linemen. He will enter the Orange Bowl with 57 total tackles (34 solo), two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and 15 quarterback hurries.
“He has played as well as any defensive tackle I’ve had at Florida State,” said position coach Odell Haggins. “He’s right there with some of the best we’ve had play here – Travis Johnson, Darnell Dockett, Corey Simon. I don’t think there is a defensive lineman out there playing any better than Brodrick is playing. He certainly deserves All-America honors when you look at who he’s gone up against and the numbers he’s put up. He’s faced double teams for most of the year and has still found ways to make big plays for our defense.”
Rated No. 19 overall for the 2006 NFL Draft on Mel Kiper’s Big Board on ESPN.com this week, Bunkley has been most impressive in FSU’s last five games against Maryland, NC State, Clemson, Florida and Virginia Tech. The Tampa native has recorded 35 tackles (20 solo), 5.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven QB hurries during that five-game stretch. He has compiled those numbers for the most part without the presence of FSU’s top pass rusher in defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, who has missed the last three and a half games with a knee injury.