|Alabama Crimson Tide — No. 3|
|Date of birth:September 27, 1993|
|Place of birth: Mobile, Alabama|
|Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Weight: 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|High school: Tuscaloosa (AL) Northridge|
|*2012 BCS National Championship Game|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at ESPN.com|
Vinnie Sunseri (born September 27, 1993) is an American football safety for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. His father is Sal Sunseri, and his brother is Tino Sunseri who plays quarterback for the Pittsburgh Panthers.
He was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game. He recorded 144 stops for Northridge High School (Tuscaloosa) as a senior. He also added 19 tackles for loss, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns. He 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. He chose Alabama over offers from Louisville and Pittsburgh. Sunseri enrolled for the 2011 spring semester at Alabama and participated in spring practice.
Second on the team with 11 special teams tackles, all coming on kickoff coverage. He has 31 total tackles to rank eighth on the team. Also plays on the punt return team and has recorded several attention-grabbing blocks. 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.
- ↑ Alabama, University of. "Vinnie Sunseri Bio". http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/sunseri_vinnie00.html. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- ↑ "Sal Sunseri". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal_Sunseri. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- ↑ "Vinnie Sunseri". http://alabama.scout.com/a.z?s=14&p=8&c=1&nid=4629719. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- ↑ "Vinnie Sunseri". http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/515912/vinnie-sunseri. Retrieved 4 November 2012.