2018 NFL Draft

B.J. Cunningham, WR

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Westerville, OH
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 211 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Career Notes
Finished his Spartan career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (218) and receiving yards (3,086); also ranks second in TD receptions with 25 ... played in 51 career games, including 42 starts ... closed his career ranked seventh in Big Ten history in receptions and ninth in receiving yards ... had 10 career 100-yard receiving games, third most in MSU history.
2011 Season
Voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates ... second-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) ... named to ESPN.com and Yahoo! Sports All-Big Ten first team ... named All-American by Phil Steele (fourth team) and SI.com (honorable mention) ... tied a Spartan single-season record with 79 receptions (Devin Thomas, 2007) ... tied for first in the Big Ten with 12 touchdown receptions, which tied for third most in an MSU single-season ... ranked third in the Big Ten and 17th in the FBS in receiving yards (93.3 ypg.) ... ranked fourth in the Big Ten in receptions (79; 5.6 pg.) ... had a career-high 1,306 receiving yards, which ranked third most in an MSU season ... became one of just five Spartan receivers to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season (Charles Rogers, Devin Thomas, Plaxico Burress, Courtney Hawkins) ... had a school-record eight 100-yard receiving games; that mark also tied for first in the Big Ten this season (Marvin McNutt, Iowa) ... 55 of his 79 receptions (70 percent resulted in either a first down or a touchdown ... ranked second in the Big Ten with 17 "clutch" catches during the regular season (receptions on third down or fourth down that resulted in TD or first down) ... caught seven passes for 66 yards in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl; tied MSU's single-season reception record with a 22-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Named National Wide Receiver of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards after recording a career-high three touchdown receptions in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin ... had five catches for 115 yards against the Badgers, establishing a school record with his eighth 100-yard receiving game of the season ... scored his first TD in the Big Ten Championship Game on a 30-yard pass from Kirk Cousins on a fourth-and-inches play in the second quarter; for his second TD, caught a lateral from Keith Nichol at the 7-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown; on his third touchdown, a 44-yarder in the third quarter, he became MSU's all-time leader in receiving yards, passing Andre Rison ... caught six passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns (33 and 29 yards) at Northwestern ... had six receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns (63 yards and 7 yards) on Senior Day vs. Indiana ... had two touchdown receptions at Iowa (6 yards in first quarter; 22 yards in second quarter) and four catches for 46 yards overall in win over the Hawkeyes ... had three receptions for 104 yards against Minnesota, including a season-long 69-yard reception from Cousins in the first quarter helped set up MSU's first touchdown ... saw his streak with at least one reception in 41 consecutive regular-season games come to an end at Nebraska ... had a game-high 102 receiving yards on six catches, including a 35-yard TD reception on a fourth-and-2 play in the second quarter, in the victory over No. 4 Wisconsin; also had a diving catch on a key two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Had 154 receiving yards - the most ever by a Spartan against Ohio State - on nine catches, including a 33-yard touchdown, in the 10-7 win over the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium; named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week for his performance at OSU and was also selected as a game captain against the Buckeyes ... had three catches for 67 yards vs. Central Michigan, including a 54-yard grab in the first quarter that set up MSU's first touchdown ... recorded career highs in receptions (12) and yards (158) at Notre Dame; the 12 catches tied for fourth most in a game by a Spartan wide receiver (record: 14 by Matt Trannon vs. Eastern Michigan in 2006); the 158 receiving yards were the most for a Spartan since Blair White had 186 yards against Northwestern in 2009, and the second most for a Spartan wide receiver against Notre Dame (Charles Rogers, 175 yards in 2002) ... earned honorable mention National College Football Performance Awards Wide Receiver of the Week accolades for his outing against the Fighting Irish ... became MSU's all-time receptions leader with an acrobatic 7-yard catch in the first quarter against Florida Atlantic; had five catches for 73 yards total vs. the Owls ... recorded then-career highs in receptions (9) and receiving yards (130) in the season opener against Youngstown State, including an 18-yard TD catch in the third quarter; named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week.
2010 Season
Saw action in all 12 regular season games, including seven starts at Z receiver . . . missed the 2011 Capital One Bowl with a broken foot he suffered in bowl practice . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . led team with a career-high nine touchdown receptions, which tied for fourth most in an MSU season . . . ranked second on the team with a career-high 50 receptions, which tied for 16th most in an MSU season . . . also ranked second on the team with 611 receiving yards . . ranked tied for eighth in the Big Ten in receptions (4.2 pg.) . . . 34 of his 50 receptions (68 percent) resulted in either a touchdown or a first down . . . his 236 yards after the catch (YAC) ranked third on the team . . . had a career-high two touchdown receptions, including a 24-yarder, in win at Penn State that clinched a share of the Big Ten title; finished with three receptions for 33 yards against the Nittany Lions . . . caught six passes for 51 yards, including a 5-yard TD, in comeback win over Purdue . . . led team with four catches for 40 yards vs. Minnesota . . . caught four passes for 36 yards, including a 6-yard TD, at No. 18 Iowa . . . posted career highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (113), including the game-winning 9-yard touchdown with 2:00 left, in comeback win at Northwestern . . . led team with 83 receiving yards on three catches, including a 48-yard TD, against Illinois . . . caught five passes for 40 yards in victory at No. 18 Michigan . . . hauled in three receptions for 25 yards in win over No. 11 Wisconsin; on a fourth-and-goal play late in the fourth quarter, caught a TD pass to put MSU up 34-24 . . . had four catches for 43 yards in win over Northern Colorado . . . named Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week after catching seven passes for 101 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass, in overtime win against Notre Dame . . . caught two passes for 35 yards in win over Florida Atlantic at Ford Field, including a 30-yard touchdown reception.
2009 Season
Saw action in 12 games and started 10 games at X receiver . . . team's second-leading receiver with 48 receptions for 641 yards and four touchdowns . . . averaged 53.4 receiving yards per game . . . has 89 catches for 1,169 yards in 25 career games . . . named to the midseason All-Big Ten third team by Phil Steele . . . 27 of his 48 catches resulted in a touchdown or a first down . . . had nine catches of 20-plus yards . . . led team with four catches for 39 yards vs. Penn State . . . recorded a career-high 92 receiving yards on three catches at Purdue, including a career-long 73-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter . . . had 83 receiving yards on five receptions, including a 49-yard catch, at Minnesota . . . caught three passes for 33 yards vs. Iowa . . . hauled in five catches for 49 yards vs. Northwestern . . . produced 73 receiving yards on five receptions in the win over Michigan . . . caught five passes for 54 yards at Wisconsin, including an acrobatic 20-yard TD grab in the third quarter . . . tallied a career-high seven receptions for 74 yards at Notre Dame . . . recorded 55 receiving yards on four catches vs. Central Michigan, including a 7-yard TD in the fourth quarter . . . had three catches for 62 yards in the season opener vs. Montana State . . . caught his first-career TD pass, a 29-yard grab in the first quarter against the Bobcats.
2008 Season
Saw action in all 13 games in 2008, including 12 starts at flanker . . . ranked second on the team in receptions (41) and third in receiving yards (528) . . . caught at least one pass in 12 games . . . 31 of his 41 receptions (76 percent) resulted in a first down, including six gains of 20 or more yards . . . his 31 first-down catches led the team . . . rushed four times for 56 yards (14.0 avg.) . . . recorded a career-high six receptions for 52 yards vs. Georgia in the 2009 Capital One Bowl . . . five of his six catches against the Bulldogs produced first downs . . . had five receptions each vs. California (63 yards), Purdue (63) and Penn State (43) . . . had one catch for 12 yards on a key third-down play in the third quarter at Michigan that kept the game-tying TD-scoring drive alive . . . caught four passes each against Iowa (season-high 76 yards) and Northwestern (44) . . . his season-long 52-yard reception in the first quarter vs. Iowa set up MSU's only TD of the game . . . led MSU with 76 receiving yards on three receptions vs. Eastern Michigan, including an acrobatic one-handed catch for 46 yards that led to a TD . . . caught five passes for 63 yards in his Spartan debut at California.
High School
Selected Ohio's MVP in the June 2007 Big 33 Football Classic after catching four passes for 116 yards . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among Ohio's top 50 seniors by Scout.com (No. 34) and Rivals.com (No. 38) . . . earned special mention on the Associated Press Division I All-Ohio team in 2006 . . . two-time all-district and all-conference selection . . . two-year starter for Coach Rocky Pentello at Westerville (Ohio) South High School . . . had 45 receptions for 770 yards (17.1 avg.) and nine touchdowns as a senior . . . caught seven passes for 116 yards and three scores vs. Dublin Coffman . . . scored on a 42-yard pass play and intercepted two passes vs. Mount Vernon . . . had seven catches for 140 yards and two TDs vs. Grove City . . . caught 45 passes for 700 yards (15.6 avg.) and 15 TDs as a junior . . . had 90 career receptions for 1,470 yards (16.3 avg.) and 24 TDs . . . three-year starter for Coach Ed Calo on the Wildcats' basketball team . . . had a 30-point, 16-rebound effort vs. Mount Vernon in 2006-07 . . . selected Ohio Capital Conference Central Division Player of the Year in 2005-06 . . . also participated in track and field and soccer . . .
Son of Brian and Kim Cunningham . . . born May 29, 1989 . . . majoring in communication.