Honors • 2015 Phil Steele Third Team All-American
• 2015 Coaches First Team All-SEC • 2015 AP First Team All-SEC • 2015 Phil Steele First Team All-SEC
• 2015 ESPN.com First Team All-SEC
2015 Cunningham enjoyed a superb season as a redshirt sophomore... Played in all 12 games, earning nine starts at inside linebacker... Ranked among the league leaders in numerous statistical categories, including tackles for loss, solo tackles, total tackles, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries even though he didn’t become a starter until the third game...Efforts were noticed by others,league head coaches named Cunningham to their First Team All-SEC Defense... ESPN.com also named Cunningham to its First Team All-SEC squad... Cunningham’s 16.5 tackles for loss, the third highest total among SEC defenders in regular season, was most by a Commodore since All-America linebacker Jamie Winborn registered 23 tackles for loss in 1999... Cunningham's three fumble recoveries shared SEC lead, and his four forced fumbles, bettered by just one Vanderbilt player in the last 20 years, ranked third in the league... Cunningham’s 69 solo tackles was the most by a Commodore since All-SEC linebacker Moses Osemwegie registered 78 solo stops in 2003. His 103 total tackles were the most by a Vanderbilt defender since all-league linebacker Chris Marve amassed 121 tackles in 2009...Cunningham posted at least 10 tackles in seven of the last nine games, topped by a 12-solo tackle, 15-total tackle performance at Middle Tennessee... Ended the season with four straight double-digit tackle games, the first Commodore to do so since Osemwegie in 2005... Registered four tackles for loss and a sack among 12 tackles vs. South Carolina, and posted two forced fumbles and 2.5 tackles for loss among nine total tackles at Houston... Notched two fumble recoveries at Florida... Amassed 15 tackles for loss in seven-game midseason stretch.
2014 Cunningham capped off a solid redshirt freshman campaign by closing the season among the team's most productive defenders... Participated in 11 games, missing only the Charleston Southern encounter... Earned starts at inside linebacker in team's 3-4 scheme during last five games against Missouri, Old Dominion, Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee... Averaged 8.2 tackles as a starting LB... Finished the year with 37 solo tackles, 67 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks and a forced fumble... Posted a team single-game high of 13 total tackles at Mississippi State... Registered 11 tackles, including a QB sack, vs. Florida... Had multiple tackles for loss vs. Georgia and Tennessee... Posted at least six tackles against six SEC opponents.
2013 Did not play as true freshman... Showed athleticism as practice squad linebacker... Used first semester on campus to enhance overall strength.
High School Senior captain and three-year starter at LB for school located just north of Birmingham... Concluded prep career by receiving Alabama 5A Lineman of the Year and Birmingham News' Lineman of the Year honors after 2012 campaign... Amassed 448 total tackles during three-year varsity career... As a senior, earned First Team All-State after leading Indians to 8-4 record and second round of 5A playoffs... Contributed 194 total tackles, including 41 tackles for loss and 12 sacks along with four blocked punts during the season... Participated in postseason Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl... As junior, earned All-State recognition after registering 152 tackles... Also lettered in basketball and track.
Personal Zachary Daniel Cunningham... Majoring in Economics... Son of Fred and Sophie Cunningham... Born Dec. 12, 1994... Dad works in landscaping... Has four brothers: Frederick, Ethan, Nathan and Zapheth; and two sisters, Gabriel and Danica... Plays the guitar.
Career Highs Total Tackles: 15, at MTSU, 10/3/2015 Solo Tackles: 12, at MTSU, 10/3/2015 Tackles for Loss: 4.0, at South Carolina, 10/17/2015 Sacks: 1.0, (4x) Last vs. Texas A&M, 11/21/2015 Break Ups: 2, at MTSU, 10/3/15 Forced Fumbles: 2, at Houston, 10/31/15 Fumble Recoveries: 2, at Florida, 11/7/2015