But when Bunkley found his way onto the field it only took a few plays before he was right back on the sideline.
"It was feeling great like Saturday morning and Friday night. I was trying to do a little bit of things out at the hotel and it was feeling good. But the second play of the game, one of the O-linemen fell on it and I got my ankle twisted right back up and I was sitting out again," Bunkley said.
Monday night, Bunkley was out at practice again although his participation was restricted to mostly watching. He said that when he woke up in the morning, the ankle felt worse than it had over the past week leading up to the game against Virginia.
"It's just like a nagging injury. I thought it would go away by now, but it's still swelling up and the pain is starting to hurt," Bunkley said.
Bunkley said he plans to take thing one day at a time and hope that his ankle will heal as well as it did the first time he injured it this season.
"Right now, it's day-to-day," he said.
"But last week I was feeling good and it was day-to-day then, it turned out it didn't get better for the whole week. I'm missing a lot of games and missing a lot of playing time and I just want to get back on the field."