Position: Defensive Back
Height /Weight: 5-11 / 188
Hometown: Bridgeton, N.J.
High School: Glassboro HS
Major: Sport Management
At Delaware: Talented senior and fourth-year member of the squad • three-year letterwinner who will start at free safety for the second straight year • one of the team's most dynamic and charismatic players and an All-Colonial Athletic Association candidate • coming off a breakout season in 2011 • one of four returning starters in a defensive secondary that ranks among the nation's best • can also play a key role on special teams • has played in 33 career games and recorded 41 tackles, including 23 solo stops • Delaware's active leader with six career interceptions • possesses good speed, size, and athleticism to play the position • has changed number from 38 to 26 to 4 during his career • had two tackles in 2012 Blue-White Spring Game in April.
2011 Season: Enjoyed a breakout season as a junior for Blue Hens • appeared in eight games for the Blue Hens while starting five • started mid-season contests vs. Delaware State, Old Dominion, and Maine and in final two games of the season against Richmond and Villanova • registered 24 total tackles including 11 solo stops • led the team with five interceptions for 102 yards, averaging 20.4 yards per return, and had two pass breakups • had two interceptions each vs. Richmond and Villanova over the final two games of the season• became first Delaware player to record multiple interceptions in consecutive games since Sidney Haugabrook in 2001 • returned interception 54 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown that sealed the win in season finale vs. Villanova • registered career-best seven tackles against Richmond • also had six stops vs. Maine, four vs. Old Dominion, and two each against West Chester, Delaware State, and Villanova • also had an interception vs. Delaware State • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week for performance against Richmond • named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week and Beyond Sports College Network Co-Defensive Player of the Week for performance at Villanova • recorded five tackles in the 2011 spring game • team went 7-4 for head coach K.C. Keeler.
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 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 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 and playing baseball in his spare time • fan of car racing • cousin, Walter Brown, played football at Kansas.
Career Statistics at Delaware
Career-High Tackles: 7 vs. Richmond, 2011Back To Football Home Football Story Archive