One of the top defenders in Conference USA ... a first-team all-league selection in 2007 ... also an excellent special teams performer ... listed as No. 1 free safety coming out of spring practice ... tabbed to 2008 Preseason Watch List for the Nagurski Award ... also voted preseason first-team All-Conference USA for 2008 season by league's head coaches ... a tenacious hitter.
2007: Led Conference USA in tackles per game (12.2) en route to earning first-team all-league recognition by both the media and head coaches ... finished season with 122 tackles, including 69 solo hits ... also contributed a pair of interceptions (vs. Florida State and Alcorn State) ... had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown against Florida State ... recorded double digit tackles in seven contests ... had a season-high 17 tackles vs. Michigan State in season opener and also against Houston ... registered 16 tackles in final game of season at Marshall ... had five tackles for loss for 11 yards ... played much of second half of season with variety of injuries ...
2006: Had outstanding season for the Blazers, leading the team in tackles with 65 (44 solo, 21 assists) ... earned third-team All-Conference USA honors in vote of league's coaches ... also tied for team lead in interceptions with three ... had a pair of forced fumbles ... also recorded one sack and three tackles for loss ... recorded a season-high 13 tackles in contest vs. Southern Miss, including eight solo hits ... recorded 26 tackles over the final three games of the season ... returned interception 29 yards in win over East Carolina ... registered seven tackles vs. UCF in season finale ... had six tackles against both Rice and UTEP ... had a caused fumble against Georgia and Southern Miss.
2005: Enjoyed solid initial season in first action at UAB ... playing time in defensive backfield was abundant in latter stages of season ... earlier in the campaign he had played primarily special teams where he excelled as perhaps team's most consistent tackler ... finished the year with 35 tackles, including 23 solo hits ... also contributed an interception (vs. UTEP), three pass break-ups and a pair of QB hurries ... came on strong late in season in secondary with 15 tackles in final two games, including season-best nine in season finale at East Carolina ... also had tackle for loss vs. the Pirates ... contributed six tackles in late-season road victory at then nationally-ranked UTEP.
2004: Sat out season.
High School: Lettered all four years in football at Lakeside High in metro-Atlanta under head coach Bill Harris ... started at linebacker as both a sophomore and a junior, and was then moved to strong safety as a senior ... was named All-DeKalb County as a junior and a senior ... played on the same defensive unit with former UAB defensive end Jermaine McElveen at Lakeside ... also spent time on the offensive side of the ball as a tailback ... played a significant role on special teams as both a kickoff returner and kick-blocking specialist ... blocked five punts and four extra points during his senior season ... was an instrumental factor in the Vikings' four-year turnaround from being an 0-10 team during his freshman year to a 6-4 squad as a senior ... lettered all four years in basketball and started as junior and senior.
Personal: Born Feb. 4, 1985 in New Jersey ... son of Judy Conauer and William Dunbar ... major is criminal justice.