Honors & Awards
David earned first-team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association and CBSSports.com and second-team accolades from the Walter Camp Foundation. He was also a finalist for the Butkus Award and received Big Ten Linebacker-of-the-Year honors in 2011.
The 6-1, 225-pound David led Nebraska with 133 tackles in 2011, and ranked third in the Big Ten in tackles per game. He had six games in 2011 with 10 or more tackles, including a season-high 17 tackles at Michigan. David also led Nebraska in tackles for loss (13), sacks (5.5), interceptions (2), fumbles caused (2) and fumble recoveries (2).
David has a flair for the dramatic, making key plays at crucial times in games. He had a fumble caused and recovered against Ohio State that triggered the biggest comeback in Nebraska history, and he made a critical 4th-and-1 tackle to preserve a victory at Penn State.
David totaled 285 career tackles to rank fourth on the Husker career tackles list. David also posted two of the top five single-season tackle totals in school history, including a school-record 152 tackles in 2010.
2011 (Senior / Game-by-Game)
David was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 choice and Defensive Newcomer of the Year by nearly every outlet that chooses a team, while The Kansas City Star tabbed him as its Defensive Player of the Year. David also earned recognition at the national level as Rivals.com and CBSSports.com both named him a first-team All-American and the Associated Press and SI.com listed him as a second-team All-America pick.
David stepped into the starting lineup in the opener against Western Kentucky and recorded a team-high 13 stops. He had seven tackles and a 13-yard sack a week later against Idaho, then had a tackle for loss, two hurries and a breakup at Washington. David had a career-high 19 stops against South Dakota State, the most tackles by a Husker since 2004, and the seventh-most in school history. He added two breakups in the contest.
David eclipsed double figures for the third time in 2010 at Kansas State, finishing with a game-high 16 tackles. He earned Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his performance, which included 10 solo tackles and two tackles for loss, including a seven-yard sack. He reached double figures in tackles for the third straight game against Texas, finishing with 10 stops, including a tackle for loss and a hurry.
David had eight tackles each against Oklahoma State and Missouri, and added an 11-yard sack against the Tigers. He had 10 tackles and a tackle for loss at Iowa State, then collected a team-high 10 tackles, including two sacks for eight yards, as Nebraska limited Kansas to 87 total yards. David had a career-high four tackles for loss and a sack at Texas A&M, as part of 14 total tackles. After recording eight tackles against Colorado, David had a game-high 17 tackles in the Big 12 title game, including 11 solo stops. He closed the year with seven tackles against Washington.
During his first season under Coach Jeff Sims at Fort Scott in 2008, David led the Jayhawk Conference with 93 tackles. His play helped the team to a 9-2 record and No. 6 final national ranking.
For his strong play the past two seasons, David was a two-time first-team All-Jayhawk Conference pick and was a Region VI All-American in 2009. He was ranked as the No. 7 overall junior college prospect in the country by Rivals.com, which also listed him as the No. 2 linebacker. SuperPrep listed him among the top 40 JUCO prospects in the country.
David is originally from Miami, where he played at national prep powerhouse Miami Northwestern. While he was at the school, Northwestern won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007, and finished with unbeaten records each year. In 2007, Northwestern was listed as the No. 1 team in the country by USA Today.
David also considered South Florida, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Tennessee among others.