On Bonham: Fifth-year senior who will compete for a starting spot at guard ... saw most significant action of his career in 2004 but finished the season on the injured list ... a good run blocker ... posted the largest strength improvement of any Terp offensive lineman in 2002 and 2003 ... an Iron Terp this year for the second time ... recorded a 410-pound bench and 625-pound squat in spring testing.
2004 (Junior): Played in seven games, starting five at right guard ... missed four games due to injury ... had eight "big blocks" and allowed just one sack on 246 plays for the season ... (vs. FSU) ... tied for the team-lead with two "big blocks" ... (vs. NIU) ... earned his first career start and was in on 58 plays ... had no missed assignments or penalties and tied for the team lead with four "big blocks".
2003 (Sophomore): Played in five games ... committed just one penalty and had one missed assignment in 68 plays ... tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in practice leading up to the NC State game ... (vs. The Citadel) ... saw most extensive action of the season, registering one "big block" on 40 plays.
2002 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in 10 games ... playing time came as a reserve, primarily at left guard ... was in for 54 plays ... registered three "big blocks."
2001 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A four-year letterwinner and 2001 graduate of Carver High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. ... started all four years at right tackle ... also spent time his first two years on the defensive line ... a consensus first team all-state selection as a junior and senior ... was the only junior in the state to earn first-team honors ... was also an All-North Piedmont Conference selection and that conference's offensive player of the year as a senior ... was selected to play in the North Carolina Shrine Bowl All-Star game ... rated by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming as one of the top 25 offensive-line recruits in the country ... helped team to over 6,000 yards rushing in four years ... Carver ran up a 63-3 record in that span, winning the 1998 Class 3A State Championship along the way ... CHS went 14-1 in 2000, winning 14 straight before falling in the state semifinals ... threw the shot put for the track team ... was also recruited by Virginia Tech, NC State, South Carolina and Virginia ... high school coach was Keith Wilkes.
Personal: Russell Bonham was born May 2, 1983 ... is the son of Jimmie and Carmen Bonham ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice... nickname is "Big Russ" ... uncle, Bracy Bonham, was a North Carolina high school star who ultimately played in the NFL (Pittsburgh Steelers) ... wears size 16 shoes ... is a very good, self-taught piano player who plays by ear.