2017 Strength & Conditioning Award
2017 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
2017 SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Arkansas)
2017 SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Tennessee)
2017 Rex Enright Defensive Player of the Spring
2016 Athlon's SEC All-Freshman Second Team
16-17 First-Year SEC Honor Roll
Junior defensive lineman who is a candidate for All-SEC recognition after a breakout season in 2017... a two-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week selection... one of just three sophomores who have been named a permanent team captain in school history... has played in all 26 games over the past two seasons making 13 starts... owns 16.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.
2017: Sophomore who was named a permanent team captain... also honored as a Strength & Conditioning Award winner and the Most Productive Player for the defense... started all 13 games... collected 57 tackles, while leading the team with 13.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks... ranked eighth in the SEC in tackles for loss... earned his first career start versus NC State and responded with eight tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack... tallied three tackles and a sack in the Missouri win... made seven tackles against Kentucky along with 1.5 tackles for loss... collected four tackles, a tackle for loss, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry in the win over Arkansas, earning his first SEC weekly honor... earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for the second-straight game after recording six tackles and two sacks in the win over Tennessee... blocked a PAT in the win over Vanderbilt... set a career high with nine tackles against Georgia, which included 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack... recorded a sack on Florida’s final drive of the game to help seal the victory... had 2.0 tackles for loss against Wofford... posted four tackles and two pass breakups against Clemson... had five stops in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2016: True freshman defensive lineman who played in every game... named to Athlon's All-SEC Freshman second team... logged 32 tackles, tops among all Gamecock freshmen... also had 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pair of quarterback hurries... came up with three tackles at Mississippi State... had his best game in the East Carolina win, with four solo tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack... made three stops at Kentucky... notched two tackles and was credited with two quarterback hurries against Texas A&M... recorded two tackles and combined for a sack in the Missouri win... made two tackles, including 1.0 TFL, at Florida... logged three tackles and returned a kick for one yard in the triumph over Western Carolina... matched a career-high with four tackles at Clemson... named to the 2016-17 First-Year SEC Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Dennis "D.J." Wonnum Jr. was named to the All-Region team for Class 6 -- AAAAA Division A as a senior at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga... graduated in 2016... collected 38 tackles with 11 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks... the Jaguars posted a 9-2 record and earned a spot in the state playoffs in 2015 under head coach Ron Gartrell... earned all-state honors at tight end during his junior season... 247Sports rated him the 126th-best player in the state of Georgia and the 87th-best weakside defensive end in the country... ESPN considered him the 113th-best player in Georgia and the No. 121 defensive end in the country.
PERSONAL: Full name is Dennis O. Wonnum Jr... born October 31, 1997... undecided on his major field of study.
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