For his career, David posted 285 tackles in 27 starts. He added 28 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, ten pass breakups and two interceptions. He was named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer-of-the-Year as a junior after collecting 152 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and six sacks for the Cornhuskers.
David was a first-team All-American selection by the AFCA and second-team honoree by the Walter Camp Association in 2011. He was named the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year in the Big Ten and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection after finishing third in the conference with 133 tackles, averaging 10.23 tackles per game. He posted six double-digit tackle games this season, including a 17-tackle (14 solo) effort against Michigan. He also tallied 12 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and two interceptions.
David posted 152 tackles in his first season to set a Cornhusker single-season record for tackles, surpassing Barrett Ruud's 149 tackles in 2003. David had eight games with double-figure tackle totals, including three games with 15 or more tackles. His 10.9 tackles per game ranked atop the Big 12 and 11th in the nation. David also ranked second on the team in sacks with six for 50 yards, tackles for loss (15-60) and pass breakups (10). David was a first-team All-Big 12 choice and Defensive Newcomer of the Year by nearly every outlet that chooses a team, while The Kansas City Star tabbed him as its Defensive Player of the Year. David also earned recognition at the national level as Rivals.com and CBSSports.com both named him a first-team All-American and the Associated Press and SI.com listed him as a second-team All-America pick. David stepped into the starting lineup in the opener against Western Kentucky and recorded a team-high 13 stops. He had seven tackles and a 13-yard sack a week later against Idaho, then had a tackle for loss, two hurries and a breakup at Washington. David had a career-high 19 stops against South Dakota State, the most tackles by a Husker since 2004, and the seventh-most in school history. He added two breakups in the contest. David eclipsed double figures for the third time in 2010 at Kansas State, finishing with a game-high 16 tackles. He earned Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his performance, which included 10 solo tackles and two tackles for loss, including a seven-yard sack. He reached double figures in tackles for the third straight game vs. Texas, finishing with 10 stops, including a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry. David had eight tackles each against Oklahoma State and Missouri, and added an 11-yard sack against the Tigers. He had 10 tackles and a tackle for loss at Iowa State, then collected a team-high 10 tackles, including two sacks for eight yards, as Nebraska limited Kansas to 87 total yards. David had a career-high four tackles for loss and a sack at Texas A&M, as part of 14 total tackles. After recording eight tackles against Colorado, David had a game-high 17 tackles in the Big 12 title game, including 11 solo stops. He closed the year with seven tackles against Washington.
David is originally from Miami, where he played at national prep powerhouse Miami Northwestern. While he was at the school, Northwestern won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007, and finished with unbeaten records each year. In 2007, Northwestern was listed as the No. 1 team in the country by USA Today.
Lavonte is the son of Lynette David and was born on Jan. 23, 1990.