Position: Defensive Back
Height /Weight: 5-11 / 188
Hometown: Bridgeton, N.J.
High School: Glassboro HS
Major: Sport Management
At Delaware: Talented junior player who is expected to earn a starting role at safety in 2011…will play key role this fall as the Blue Hens look to replace a secondary that lost four all-conference starters to graduation, including All-Americans Anthony Walters and Anthony Bratton…projected to take over starting free safety position vacated by graduation of All-CAA selection Darryl Jones…has played in 25 career games and recorded 17 tackles, including 12 solo stops…possesses good speed, size, and athleticism to play the position...will also compete for playing time on special teams as well…recorded five tackles in the 2011 spring game…changed number from 38 as a freshman to 26 as a sophomore and to 4 this season.
2010 Season: Saw action in 14 games, missing the season opener vs. West Chester due to injury...collected eight stops on the year as a backup and special teams player, including seven solo tackles...recorded a career-high three stops in consecutive wins over Towson on Homecoming and at Massachusetts…also had single stops against South Dakota State and Maine…also returned one kickoff for minus one yard vs. Massachusetts...key member of a Delaware defense that led the nation in scoring defense at 12.1 points per game and ranked No. 5 in total defense (280.7 yards per game)…team went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS national title game under head coach K.C. Keeler.
2009 Season: One of seven true freshmen on defense to see action in 2009…earned first letter in first season with the program as a reserve defensive back and contributor on special teams…appeared in all 11 games and recorded nine total tackles on the year, including five solo stops…recorded season-high two tackles in opener vs. West Chester…tallied first interception of career in win on the road at Maine…team went 6-5 under Keeler.
High School: Played wide receiver, defensive back, punt returner, kicker, and punter at Glassboro High School for head coach Herb Neilio...led Glassboro to a two-year record of 24-0 and consecutive state titles in 2007 and 2008...teams won three straight conference titles and posted combined record of 44-4 over his four seasons...teammate of fellow UD junior defensive back Tim Breaker...caught 38 passes for 601 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior...also had 54 tackles, five interceptions, and three punt returns for a touchdown...for his career, caught 72 passes for 1,168 yards and 18 touchdowns and had 83 tackles and 15 interceptions...earned All-South Jersey and All-Group honors as a wide receiver and defensive back in 2008...named Wide Receiver of the Year as a junior and senior...honor roll student
Personal: Roderick Larenza "Ricky" Tunstall ("ton-stall")...born December 30, 1990...son of Walter Brown and Antoinette Tunstall...has an older sister...sport management major at Delaware...enjoys drawing in his spare time...cousin, Walter Brown, played football at Kansas.
Career Defensive Statistics at Delaware
Career-High Tackles: 3 vs. Towson, Massachusetts, 2010Back To Football Home Football Story Archive