Local product who has played in all 13 games and earned six starts ... Crimson Tide's starting "dime" defensive back during six-DB formations ... fourth on the team with 52 tackles ... has 34 solo stops and six tackles for a loss (21 yards) ... has 1.5 sacks (11 yards) with two fumble recoveries (seven yards), three pass breakups and two interceptions (13 yards) ... his nine special teams tackles include six on kickoff coverage and three on punts. Michigan: Started the season opener against the No. 8 Wolverines ... broke up a pass and totaled four tackles, including three solo stops and one for a loss of two yards. Western Kentucky: His four tackles included three solo stops ... recovered a fumble with a return of seven yards. Arkansas: Recorded three tackles, including an assist on a tackle for loss ... picked off a pass and returned it 13 yards ... helped hold the Razorbacks to 137 total yards and 79 passing.Florida Atlantic: Registered two tackles, one solo, against the Owls in his third start of the season ... part of the Tide's starting unit that allowed only 35 yards of offense by the Owls in three quarters of action ... earned special teams player of the week honors from the Alabama coaching staff. Mississippi: Made six tackles, with five solo stops ... had half of a sack (three yards) and broke up a pass. Missouri: Recorded his second interception of the season ... made three tackles, with two solo stops ... broke up a pass and helped limit Tigers to three yards rushing and 129 total yards. Tennessee: Second on the team with six tackles ... made three solo stops and had one tackle for loss (five yards). Mississippi State: Led the Crimson Tide with eight tackles in 38-7 win over the previously undefeated Bulldogs ... the eight tackles marked a career high ... made seven solo stops and recovered a fumble as part of the kickoff coverage unit.LSU: Made four tackles, with two stops coming on kickoff coverages. Texas A&M: Did not start but came off the bench to made seven tackles ... had five solo stops and a tackle for loss. Western Carolina: Registered three tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage (nine yards) and one a sack (eight yards). Auburn: Came off the bench in six-DB situations for the Crimson Tide ... had one special teams tackle on the kickoff coverage team. Georgia: Recorded one solo stop in SEC Championship Game.
Sunseri was a special teams demon and developed a role on the Crimson Tide defense as a safety in passing situations ... was the dime back for Alabama in the final three games of the season ... selected to the SEC All-Freshman team ... second on the team with 11 special teams tackles, all coming on kickoff coverage ... finished with 31 total tackles to rank ninth on the team ... also played on the punt return team and recorded several attention-grabbing blocks ... a five-time Special Teams Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... son of assistant head coach and linebackers coach Sal Sunseri. Kent State: Set a career-high with six tackles, including three solo stops ... along with fellow freshman Trey DePriest, registered several big hits on kickoff coverage ... also saw time at safety in the 48-7 win ... selected as the coaches' Special Teams Player of the Week.Penn State: Did not have a tackle but was named a Special Teams Player of the Week with excellent coverage on the kickoff team and blocking on punt return ... posted a highlight-reel block against the No. 23 Nittany Lions by leaving his feet to complete a block that sprung Marquis Maze on a 43-yard punt return. North Texas: Recorded another big tackle night with six stops split between special teams and safety ... had three solo tackles. Arkansas: Assisted on two tackles in the win against the Razorbacks. Florida: Named a Special Teams Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... recorded two solo tackles and forced a fumble. Mississippi: Was once again named a Special Teams Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... totaled six tackles, including four solo stops.Tennessee: Totaled two tackles, including a solo stop ... recovered his first career fumble in the win against the Volunteers. Georgia Southern: Was named one of the Alabama coaching staff's Special Teams Players of the Week ... recorded one solo tackle on kickoff coverage. Auburn: Tied a career high with six tackles, including four solo stops ... recorded a quarterback hurry ... played significant time at safety in the second half against the Tigers. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Was the Tide's dime back and played on special teams ... recorded one pass breakup in Alabama's 21-0 win.
Vinnie Sunseri is the son of former Alabama linebacker coach and current Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri ... has shown the instincts and play-making ability to be an impact player in Tuscaloosa ... enrolled for the 2011 spring semester at Alabama and participated in spring practice ... ESPNU ranked Sunseri as the No. 18 outside linebacker prospect nationally and a four-star prospect ... the No. 28 middle linebacker by Scout.com ... selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game ... also named the biggest surprise at the Under Armour All-American Game ... SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 10 linebacker nationally ... SuperPrep's No. 7 prospect in Alabama ... ... first-team on The Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Team.The 2009 Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year in North Carolina and the 2010 Class 6A ASWA Defensive Player of the Year in Alabama and Lineman of the Year ... recorded 144 stops for Northridge High School (Tuscaloosa) as a senior ... No. 18 on the Mobile-Press Register's Elite 18 ... first-team 2010 ASWA All-State selection while adding 19 tackles for loss, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns ... 2010 ASWA Super 12 selection ... made 107 tackles as a junior at Marvin Ridge High School (Waxhaw, N.C.) with 15 tackles for loss, two sacks and five interceptions while also rushing for 305 yards and three touchdowns ... chose Alabama over offers from Louisville and Pittsburgh.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 5/167 -- Vinnie Sunseri, SS, 5-11, 210, Alabama...Even though he's coming off a torn ACL, he could be a help on special teams and add depth at one of the safety spots in a crowded secondary. - The Sports Xchange