Bradley Bunner joined the Huskers as a walk-on for the 2017 season. He will look to add depth to the defensive back core as a freshman. Bunner earned a roster spot after an open walk-on tryout at the start of the fall semester.
Before Nebraska (Clarkson Public School)
Bunner was a stand-out athlete on both sides of the ball for Coach Jim Clarkson and the Patriots. A three-year member of the varsity team and a two-year captain, Bunner helped the team reach the playoffs three consecutive seasons. As a sophomore, the Patriots advanced to the second round and Bunner led the team in tackles. As a junior, the Patriots claimed the district title, finishing with a 10-2 record. In his final two seasons, Bunner led the team in both rushing and tackles. Bunner was an All-District pick each season, earning first-team honors twice and second-team honors once. Additionally, Bunner earned Honorable Mention All-State twice. Bunner also participated in the 2016 River Battle Bowl All-Star Football Game and the 2017 Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic. In the 2017 Sertoma Eight-Man All-Star Football Game, he earned Defensive MVP. He finished his career with 2,595 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns.
Bunner also ran track for four years and played basketball as a senior. In track, Bunner qualified for the Class C State Championships twice and qualified for the Class D State Championships once. Bunner received three Class D State Meet medals and five Class C State Meet medals. He also received the 2015 Norfolk Classic Outstanding Athlete Award. He also holds the school records in the 100m, the 200m, the 400m and the 4x400m relay.
Bunner was also a star in the classroom, earning the President's Outstanding Academic Excellence Award four times, the Scholar-Athlete Award three times, the NCPA Academic All-State Award twice and the Knights of Columbus Outstanding Student of the Year Award twice. He was also a four-year member of the Superior Honor Roll and a two-year member of the National Honor Society. Additionally, Bunner was a class officer for four years, a quiz bowl team member for three years and a three-year participant of the NECC Academic Contest.
Bradley is the son of James and Dawn Bunner. He has an older brother, Thomas and a younger sister, Melissa. Bradley chose Nebraska over UNK, UNO, Morningside College, Doane College and Nebraska Wesleyan. He is majoring in business administration and accounting. Off the field, Bradley enjoys hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, skiing, snowboarding and gaming.