|34 Devaris Brunson|
A defensive playmaker who hopes to bounce back from a pair of injury-plagued seasons that has limited action to just seven combined games over the last two years … Suffered season-ending right knee injury early during sophomore campaign before being sidelined for half of the 2015 season with a left knee injury as a junior … Admirably handled both painful rehabilitation processes in a patient manner, which also required two-straight missed spring practice periods (2015 and 2016) … Remains an intense physical defender who could add more game-day experience if a return to full health is realized … Expected to open preseason camp cleared for contact and will immediately compete for depth chart inclusion at either the “mike” or “will” inside linebacking slots … Moved back to the defensive side of the ball in the spring of 2014 after opening collegiate career playing primarily on offense as a blocking back during true rookie campaign in 2013 …In all, has played in 18 career games (two starts) and made 27 tackles – 15 coming as solo hits … Credited with at least one stop in 14 of 18 contests … Of 27 overall hits, 14 were compiled as member of special teams … Was limited during spring strength and conditioning testing period (rehabilitation), but still owns impressive lifts in the bench press (360 pounds), back squat (585) and power clean (308) … Ranks among top 10 percent of unit with 21 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press and a flex rating of 16 … Was also clocked at 4.53 in the 40 and 4.23 in the pro shuttle, while recording jumps of 34” in the vertical and 9’10” in the broad before suffering injury.
2015: Struggled through two separate setbacks stemming from a left knee injury, but still managed to experience action in five contests and make a pair of starts (Navy, Temple) … Opened season with three straight appearances (Towson, Florida, Navy) before suffering initial injury … Returned to lineup in mid-October and faced off against Tulsa and Temple before being sidelined for the remainder of the year after aggravating same knee during clash against Owls … Totaled 13 tackles (seven solo), which included a sack … Tallied at least one stop in all five outings with a career-best of six against Southeastern Conference member Florida in Gainesville … Sacked Gator quarterback Treon Harris for a four-yard loss in the second quarter for first career sack … Picked up three tackles vs. Temple in what would turn out to be final game of year … Logged a pair of hits at Navy and registered single stops against Towson and Tulsa … Six (of 13) tackles were on rushes, three were on passing plays and four were booked on special teams (kickoff return coverage).
2014: Played in just two games before seeing season come to an abrupt end at Williams-Brice Stadium after suffering a right knee injury against South Carolina … Opened contest against Gamecocks with a solo tackle before setback … Logged three stops (two solo) in season opener vs. N.C. Central at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium … Also forced a fumble and blocked a punt against the Eagles (just one of two blocks ECU recorded all year).
2013: Experienced action on offense, defense and special teams in 11 contests as a true freshman … Made collegiate debut against Virginia Tech on special teams ... Moved to offense prior to Tulane contest in mid-October and was quickly elevated to depth chart status following injuries ... Made offensive debut in the Pirates’ backfield as a fullback against Southern Miss in the first quarter ... Caught one pass for two yards at FIU ... Helped provide running lanes for three of Vintavious Cooper’s four 100-yard games (UAB/126, NC State/148, Ohio/198) ... Was a key contributor to ECU’s season-high 281 rushing yards versus Ohio during the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl at Tropicana Field ... Also tallied 10 tackles (five solo) with a season-high three at North Carolina - all on special teams ... Added second career multi-tackle contest vs. Southern Miss (two) ... Nine of 10 stops were on special teams (eight/kickoff coverage), which ranked third on the team ... Recorded at least one stop in seven of 11 games … Had single tackle outings vs. Virginia Tech, FIU, Tulsa, UAB and Ohio.
High School: A four-year starter and team captain for Lake City who was rated a four-star prospect and stood among the top 20 linebackers nationally according to Scout.com ... Also ranked as the 18th-best overall recruit in South Carolina by Rivals.com ... A three-star pick who was the 14th-best prospect in the state by ESPN.com ... A 2012 preseason all-state squad pick by MaxPreps.com ... Selected to play for the Palmetto State in the 77th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... Tallied 70 tackles and two sacks for coach Jim Rowell and the Panthers as a senior ... Recorded 10 or more stops in three of his final five regular-season games ... Played on both sides of the ball, in fact, increased offensive role in 2012 by leading the team in rushing with 839 yards, which included a 109-yard effort in a playoff loss against Edisto ... A 2012 High School Sports Report South Carolina High School League Division I-AA All-State Team pick at linebacker ... Credited with a school single-season record 174 tackles as a junior, including 18 for lost yardage and 10 sacks ... Also forced eight fumbles and had an interception in 2011 that helped earn nods to the Florence Morning News' All-Pee Dee Team, WPDE's All-Zone squad and Rivals.com All-State Team ... In addition, was included on SCPrepNation.com's all-state (second team) team ... Played for a prep program that has produced NFL All-Pro defensive end Derrick Burgess, ex-NFL receiver Derrick Faison, Clemson linebacker alum Scotty Cooper and current South Carolina running back Shon Carson ... Competed as a wrestler for LCHS during the winter, and as a junior in the 195-pound weight class, advanced to the state championship match ... Wrestled in the 220-pound class as a senior ... Picked up additional letters as a track athlete … Clocked at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash during prep testing ... Also considered NC State and Syracuse. Personal: Full name is Devaris Terrell Brunson… Born January 24, 1995 at Florence, S.C. … A communications major … Plays the drums for his local church.