By Gary Lambrecht
Senior nose guard from Phoenix, Ariz.
Saturday from 10:00 AM-12 Noon
Senior wide receiver from Bowie, Md.
Junior guard from Wylie, Texas
Navy vs. Tulane
Navy-LA Tech Football 12-23-16
Navy-Tulsa Football 11-12-16
USATSI Gallery - Navy @ East Carolina
USATSI Gallery - Tulsa @ Navy
• At Navy: Elected team co-captain by his teammates, one of the highest honors a Navy football player can receive ... enters the fall as a starter at slot back ... was the surprise player of the 2016 season ... came off the bench in the Houston game after several slot backs went down with injuries and was arguably Navy’s biggest playmaker the rest of the season ... has good speed ... excellent receiver out of the backfield ... solid blocker ... has earned one varsity letter.
• 2016: Played in 12 games where he rushed for 227 yards on 29 carries for a pair of touchdowns and was Navy’s second-leading receiver with 278 yards on 10 catches for three TDs ... carried the ball four times for 22 yards and caught two passes for 79 yards, including a career-long 64-yarder that went for a touchdown against LA Tech in the Armed Forces Bowl ... it was the longest reception of the year by the Mids and set Armed Forces Bowl records for the longest pass and longest TD pass ... returned just his second career kickoff 25 yards in that game ... sat out the Army game after taking a vicious hit in the first quarter on what was his lone carry against Temple in the AAC Championship Game ... his lone carry at SMU went for 44 yards, while also catching a 27-yard pass ... returned the first kickoff of his career 46 yards against SMU ... rushed for 32 yards on three carries at East Carolina ... carried the ball three times for seven yards, including a four-yard TD run to get the Mids on the scoreboard first against Tulsa ... made a spectacular catch on third an 16, catching a 28-yard pass to give the Mids a fresh set of downs to start the fourth quarter against the Pirates ... carried the ball four times for 21 yards, including a 16-yard TD against Notre Dame ... it marked his first career rushing touchdown ... caught a career-best three passes for 50 yards at USF, including a nine-yard TD as time expired ... carried the ball four times for 22 yards and caught a career-long 52-yard pass in the win over Memphis ... caught the first two passes of his career in the win over Houston, including a 17-yard TD pass, and carried the ball five times for 20 yards ... the 17-yard TD reception marked the first TD, rushing or receiving, of his career ... gained seven yards on his lone carrry against UConn ... carried the ball three times for a career-best 57 yards in the season-opening win against Fordham.
• 2015: Played in two games, seeing his first collegiate action against Colgate and then getting his first career carry against SMU (ran for two yards).
• 2014: Did not see any varsity action.
• High School / Personal: A 2013 graduate of Terry Sanford High School, Bonner attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2013-14 academic year ... a three-sport athlete who earned letters in basketball (2), football (3) and track & field (2) ... after earning second-team all-conference honors as a quarterback his junior year, was named first team as a senior while also garnering second-team all-region kudos ... named the league’s athlete of the year his senior year ... served as team captain of the football team his final two seasons, while also being elected captain of the basketball team his senior year ... also considered NC State and Wofford ... high school teammate of senior outside linebacker Myles Davenport and senior slot back Jahmaal Daniel ... plays the drums at his family’s church ... son of Darryl Sr. and Tonia Bonner ... majoring in political science.