|92 Michael Brooks
An injury-free and productive junior season has fueled development as a conference honors candidate ... Should also play a leadership role on the Pirates' defensive line as a senior and two-year starter at the nose tackle position ... Has displayed plenty of resolve, fighting back from knee injuries which cut short a promising sophomore campaign and forced him out of consecutive spring practice periods in 2010 and 2011 ... Served as current New York Giant Linval Joseph's top backup as a freshman in 2009 before suffering a right knee injury during the 2010 spring break holidays (which required surgery) ... Injured same knee during a pivotal Conference USA clash at UCF in late October and was lost for the season and following spring ... Brings plenty of strength, quickness and tactical skill beyond years of experience to the program ... Selected as a second-team preseason All-Conference USA performer by Athlon Sports Magazine and Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ... Opened the spring scrimmage season with one tackle (March 31) before tallying four during the second contest (April 7) and two in the Purple-Gold Game (April 16) ... Member of the 400-pound bench press club with a lift of 405 during spring testing ... Also logged a back squat of 580 pounds and power clean of 318, and possesses one of the top flexibility ratings of any player in the ECU program with a mark of 16.0.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Remained healthy for the entire season and served as the starting nose tackle in all 12 games ... Ended the campaign leading Pirate linemen with 55 tackles, 18 solo hits and 37 assists ... Earned program's "Defensive Line Player-of-the-Year" honor ... Credited with five or more stops in six contests (eight/Virginia Tech, six/North Carolina, five/Navy, five/UTEP, seven/UCF, five/Marshall) ... Tied for the squad lead, and set single-season career best, with 5.5 tackles for lost yardage (-19 yards) ... Also tallied one sack (Tulane) and one fumble recovery (Navy) ... 50 of season's 55 stops came on rushing plays ... The team's fourth-leading tackler in non-conference action with 23 hits, 11 more than any other East Carolina lineman ... Booked a DL-best 32 stops in Conference USA tilts, including an ECU-high five hits for lost yardage and year's only sack (four yards) ... Posted better numbers in the season's second half, tallying 29 tackles in the final six games and four hits behind the line of scrimmage compared to 26 and 1.5 during the first six contests ... Four TFL during the last six contests was just a half stop behind Jake Geary for the squad lead ... Booked all seven tackles against UCF after the first quarter ... Stopped Knights' quarterback Jeff Godfrey for no gain on a second-and-goal carry from the ECU one-yard line in the third quarter ... Matched season high with 1.5 tackles for lost yardage against UCF, sending Latavius Murray for a two-yard loss in the third frame and a one-yard loss in the fourth ... Dropped UTEP's Joe Banyard three yards behind the line of scrimmage on the first play of the second half ... Notched first sack of the season against Tulane, stopping Ryan Griffin for a four-yard loss in the fourth quarter ... Finished the contest against the Green Wave with 1.5 TFL ... Recovered second career fumble in the second quarter at Navy, scooping up a Trey Miller loose ball ... Four solo tackles against the Midshipmen set season high ... Joined Matt Milner in dropping Memphis' Joe Price for a three-yard loss in the second quarter, giving Brooks three-straight games with a TFL (North Carolina, Houston, Memphis) ... Combined with Derrell Johnson to stop Houston's Michael Hays for a five-yard loss in the third quarter ... Tallied season's first tackle for lost yardage in the final frame versus North Carolina, stopping Ryan Houston for a one-yard loss on a fourth-and-goal play from the ECU one-yard line ... Matched career high with eight tackles against Virginia Tech, booking four in each half ... Credited with three hits on Hokies' first four plays of the final quarter ... Recorded two tackles during South Carolina's opening series of the game and finished the contest with four stops.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Excelled as a starter on the defensive line before leaving the UCF game in the fourth quarter with a season-ending right knee injury ... Had played in seven games and made six starts before suffering injury ... Did not play against Tulsa while still recovering from 2010 summer knee injury and did not start versus Memphis ... Ended shortened campaign with 13 solo tackles and 16 assists, good for 29 total stops ... 27-of-29 tackles came on running plays ... Tallied four or more tackles in five of seven games, not making a stop at Virginia Tech and having one versus North Carolina ... Matched 2009 total with 3.5 tackles for lost yardage (0.5/Memphis, 1.0/N.C. State, 2.0/UCF) ... Started first career game at Virginia Tech ... Recorded first interception against Marshall in the second quarter off a tipped ball and returned it 14 yards, becoming the first ECU lineman to intercept a pass since 2009 (Jay Ross vs. UCF) ... Booked a career-high eight tackles versus the Knights, all on running plays, including a personal-best seven solo hits and two tackles for losses ... Entered the contest against UCF with six solo tackles during the season ... Made three stops on the Knights' first eight plays of the game and had both TFL in the second half ... Registered six tackles against N.C. State, all on rushing plays, including a stop of Mustafa Greene for a one-yard loss in overtime for first solo TFL of the season ... Booked five tackles at Southern Miss with three in the second half ... Registered three hits, including a half sack, and a quarterback hurry during the nine offensive plays of Memphis' first two possessions of second half.
2009: Earned selection to the Conference USA All-Freshman squad after making a notable impact during true rookie season ... Was elevated to top reserve status behind eventual second-round draft (N.Y. Giants) choice Linval Joseph at one of the interior line positions prior to the season opener and responded with a 24-tackle (10 solo) freshman campaign ... Recorded at least one stop in 11 of 13 games played and turned in multiple-tackle outings on seven occasions ... Produced a season-high four hits in back-to-back games against Rice and Memphis ... Also credited with 3.5 tackles for lost yardage (0.5/UCF, 1.0/Marshall, 0.5/Memphis, 0.5/Tulsa, 1.0/Houston in the Conference USA Championship Game) and 1.5 sacks (0.5 vs. Golden Hurricane, 1.0 vs. Cougars - dropping Case Keenum for a six-yard loss on a third-and-four play in the third quarter) ... Forced a fumble against UAB, batted down a pass at North Carolina and applied quarterback pressures in contests against Marshall, Rice and Houston ... Other efforts of note were three-stop outings against Virginia Tech and Tulsa, and three two-tackle performances (Appalachian State in collegiate debut, Marshall and Houston) ... Did not play at West Virginia because of flu-like symptoms ... Inked with the Pirate program on the traditional signing day in February.
High School: Tallied a total of 331 tackles during career at Bartlett Yancey High School ... Was a three-year all-region, all-conference and defensive MVP selection ... Earned all-state honors as a senior team captain after racking up 94 stops and 12.5 sacks for coach Jason Phelps and the Buccaneers ... Represented North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game ... Also chosen as the Danville Regional Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2008 ... Credited with a career-high 132 tackles as a sophomore in 2006 before adding a unit-high 105 a year later as a junior ... Also topped squad in sacks and tackles for lost yardage in 2007 ... Earned additional varsity letter in track ... Academically, was member of school's Honor Roll.
Personal: Full name is Michael Goubron Brooks ... Born August 28, 1991 at Durham, N.C. ... Son of David and Vicentia Brooks ... Undecided on a college major.