The Newnan, Ga., native is Jacksonville State's all-time career leader in punt return yards (972) and punt returns (87), while ranking second on the career pass receiving yards (1,986) and pass receiving touchdowns with 20. He also set the school single-season record with 648 kick return yards on 25 returns during the 2010 season. Bonner appeared in 44 games for the Gamecocks over a four year span starting as a true freshman in 2009 and earned a spot on the All-OVC Newcomer Team. He led Jax State in catches (50), receiving yards (859) and touchdowns (8) as a senior in 2012.
Played in all 11 games for the Gamecocks as a junior, starting 10 of them...was the team's top receiver, hauling in 33 catches for 582 yards and three touchdowns, all team highs...averaged 52.9 yards per game and 17.6 yards per catch, both team bests...ranked ninth in the OVC in receiving yards per game...caught at least one pass in all but two games, including each of the final eight games of the season...had an historic night against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 5, when he caught nine passes, third-most in JSU's Division I history, for 205 yards, second-most in JSU's Div. I history, and two touchdowns...was just the second 200-yard receiving night in JSU's Div. I history.
Had at least four catches in each of the last four games of the year, including a five-catch, 89-yard night at Tennessee State on Nov. 19...caught 12 passes that were longer than 20 yards...had a 74-yard touchdown reception from Coty Blanchard... in the EKU game that was JSU's longest pass play during the season...was one of the team's two deep men on kickoff returns and had a team-high 19 returns for 333 yards...had the ball for 21 of the team's 23 punt returns, averaging 9.9 yards per return...his other touchdown reception came at Kentucky on Oct. 22, a 22-yard catch that was his only one of the day.
Saw action in all 12 games for the Gamecocks as a sophomore, serving as a backup receiver and the team's primary return man...reeled in 17 catches for 245 yards and five touchdowns, which was second-most on the team...averaged 14.4 yards per catch and 20.4 yards per game...was second in the OVC with 25.9 yards per kickoff return and third with 10.8 yards per punt return...returned 25 kicks for 648 yards and a score, a 92-yard TD against Murray State on Oct. 2...had 28 punt returns for 302 yards with a long of 37 yards against Austin Peay on Oct. 23...had five punt returns and seven kick returns of 20 yards or longer...hauled in a career-best two touchdowns in JSU's win over Ole Miss, including the touchdown grab to give the Gamecocks a chance to send the game into OT with a 2-pt conversion...snagged JSU's first touchdown of the overtime session.
Finished with 56 yards on three catches...finished with 60 all-purpose yards against Chattanooga...tallied 27 yards on a pair of punt returns against Georgia State...returned a kickoff 92 yards against Murray State, ties for the seventh-longest in school history...also had one catch for five yards...returned three punts for 47 yards, including 25-yard versus UT Martin...caught three passes for 46 yards against Austin Peay...tallied 90 yards on six punt returns versus APSU...hauled in his first touchdown since the Ole Miss game with a 14-yard catch in the 3rd quarter of the Eastern Kentucky game...finished with a career-best five catches for 63 yards...only had one catch against Southeast Missouri, but it was a big one - a 17-yard TD catch to win the game...totaled 119 yards on kickoff returns against Tennessee Tech...had four catches for 58 yards and a score, a six-yard pass from Marques Ivory in the fourth quarter, against Wofford in the playoffs.
Stormed onto the scene as a true freshman, appearing in all 11 games for the Gamecocks...an OVC All-Newcomer selection after leading the OVC and ranking ninth nationally in punt return average at 13.9 yards...also reeled in 14 catches for 300 yards and four touchdowns, an average of 27.3 yards per game and 21.4 yards per catch...totaled 375 punt return yards on 27 returns...made his JSU debut against Georgia Tech (9/5), catching two passes for 26 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown...caught two passes for a career-high 69 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown at Alabama A&M (9/19)...returned four punts for 92 yards that included a 64-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter versus AAMU to earn OVC Special Team Player of the Week honors...had two receptions for 48 yards and returned three punts for 26 yards at Nicholls State (9/26)...hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass to give JSU a 21-0 lead in the first quarter at Southeast Missouri State (11/7)...had two receptions for 26 yards with a long of 24 yards against Tennessee Tech (11/14)...hauled in three passes for 47 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown, in the season finale against Eastern Kentucky (11/21), a game in which he also returned two punts for 19 yards and his first kickoff of the year for 15.
Played for Robert Herring at Newnan High School...was a first-team All-State selection as a junior and senior at wide receiver...finished his senior year with 54 catches for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns...had 1,932 career yards on 93 catches...was team captain...was named All-State by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and by CSS television...was a two-time All-District and All-Region performer and helped the Cougars win a pair of Region Championships...was an honor student.
Full name is Michael Alan Bonner...son of Alvin and Wanda Bonner...born on Nov. 5, 1990...has two older brothers, Doran and Chris...majoring in exercise science and wellness at JSU.