|93 Brandon Setzer|
Has appeared to settle back into a familiar comfort zone on the defensive side of the ball after a whirlwind positional tour during the spring and fall of 2007 ... Spent entire '08 spring on defensive line and subsequently earned preseason nod as a starter at one of the tackle positions ... Remains a highly-regarded tackler who continues to provide the Pirates with an immediate impact up front ... A nagging knee injury during course of career slowed progress slightly but still possesses untapped potential according to coaching staff because of size, physicality, skills and raw strength ... Notched two tackles and a quarterback pressure during first spring scrimmage (3/28) and followed with two stops, including a sack, during the weather-abbreviated '08 Purple-Gold Game (4/12).
2007: Junior lineman that was moved back to the defensive front prior to the N.C. State game after opening season (team's first seven contests) as a reserve OT ... Recorded three total tackles (solo, two assists) with a half TFL (-2 yards) and two pass breakups ... In all, played in four games (UCF, N.C. State, UAB and Memphis) ... Spent first two years on defense before move to OL during spring (`07) ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): DNP-INJ ... vs. UNC (9/8): DNP-CD ... vs. USM (9/15): DNP-CD ... vs. WVU (9/22): DNP-CD ... vs. Houston (9/29): DNP-CD ... vs. UCF (10/6): Logged eight plays from scrimmage in a backup role ... Helped the Pirates record 370 yards of total offense (160/rush and 210/pass) ... Provided pass protection for Rob Kass, who threw for 201 yards with three TDs (2/pass and 1/rush) ... vs. UTEP (10/13): DNP-CD ... vs. N.C. State (10/20): Recorded one tackle (assist) in first game back on the defensive side of the ball ... Had a half TFL (-2 yards) ... Credited with one pass breakup ... vs. UAB (10/27): Registered one tackle (assist) in reserve role ... vs. Memphis (11/3): Recorded one tackle (solo) ... Credited with a pass breakup ... Member of defensive unit that held the Tigers to 77 rushing yards ... vs. Marshall (11/10): DNP-CD ... vs. Tulane (11/24): DNP-CD ... vs. Boise State (12/23): DNP-CD.
2006: Started five of nine games played ... Recorded starts against Navy, UCF, Marshall, Rice and in the Papajohns.com Bowl against USF ... Credited with eight tackles (six solo and two assists) ... Member of a defensive line unit that helped ECU hold six opponents to 107 or less yards rushing ... vs. Navy (9/2): Collected a pair of solo tackles before leaving the contest with a knee injury ... vs. UAB (9/9): DNP-INJ (knee) ... vs. Memphis (9/16): DNP-INJ (knee) ... vs. WVU (9/23): DNP-INJ (knee) ... vs. UVA (10/7): DNP-INJ (knee) ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): Experienced first action since the season opener after returning from a knee injury ... Did not record any statistics ... vs. SMU (10/21): Recorded one tackle (solo) in limited action ... vs. USM (10/28): Was not credited with a tackle while experiencing a limited amount of snaps ... vs. UCF (11/4): Booked one solo tackle in second start of the season ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Earned second straight start but was held without a stop ... vs. Rice (11/18): Logged one tackle ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Did not record statistics as a reserve ... vs. USF (12/23): Started at defensive tackle in the Papajohns.com Bowl ... Tallied three tackles (two solo) ... Two stops came in the second quarter, while one came in third-quarter action.
2005: Played in 11 games and made eight starts (WVU, Southern Miss, SMU, Memphis, UCF, Tulsa, Marshall and UAB) ... Netted 28 stops (18 solo) and 6.5 tackles for lost yardage (-16) ... Credited with one quarterback "hurry" (UCF) and one batted pass (UCF) ... vs. Duke (9/3): Recorded one tackle in collegiate opener ... vs. Wake Forest (9/17): Notched four solo tackles and a season-high two stops for lost yardage (-6) ... vs. WVU (9/24): Made first career start against the Mountaineers and recorded two tackles (both assisted), which included one stop for a loss of one yard ... vs. USM (10/1): Posted a two-tackle performance that included one tackle for a loss of one yard ... vs. Rice (10/8): Came off bench to register a pair of tackles (one solo) while reaching Owls' backfield for one drop for a loss of three yards ... vs. SMU (10/15): Regained starting nod for remainder of season but did not record any statistics ... vs. Memphis (10/22): Credited with four tackles (three solo) ... vs. UCF (10/29): Finished second on the team with a career-high six tackles (four solo), including one tackle for loss and a batted pass from the line of scrimmage ... vs. Tulsa (11/12): Tallied two solo tackles against Golden Hurricane ... vs. Marshall (11/19): Posted three stops (all assists) vs. the Thundering Herd ... Also was credited with a half a tackle for loss ... vs. UAB (11/26): Closed out campaign with a pair of hits (one solo) against the Blazers.
2004: Sat out season in compliance with eligibility issues ... Attended ECU during the fall semester but did not participate during fall practice sessions.
Prep School: Attended and played football at Hargrave Military Academy in 2003.
High School: Enjoyed stellar prep career at Thomasville High School where he earned all-conference and all-area honors as a junior and senior for coach Benjie Brown ... Picked up four football letters and served as team captain ... Rated as one of the top 25 prospects in North Carolina and region by many printed and on-line scouting publications ... Also lettered as a basketball standout.
Personal: Full name is Brandon Mitchell Setzer ... Born May 5, 1984 at High Point, N.C. ... A communications major ... Hobbies include basketball, video games and fishing.