Honors and Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2018)
Redshirt freshman Bradley Bunner will head into the 2018 season looking to compete for playing time in the Nebraska secondary and on special teams. A walk-on from Clarkson, Neb., Bunner worked primarily at cornerback during the spring practice session.
Bunner is off to a strong start in the classroom, compiling a 3.60 cumulative grade-point average and earning a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in each of his first two semesters.
Bunner redshirted as a true freshman in 2017.
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 accolades 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 holds 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.
Bunner chose Nebraska over UNK, UNO and Morningside College.
Bradley is the son of James and Dawn Bunner. He is majoring in accounting and is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Bunner spent time volunteering with the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.