Returning All-American, who will be one of the nation?s most dominant defensive players in 2003 ? A strong pass rusher with good size and speed ? Will start at defensive tackle for the second straight season, after starting the previous two years at defensive end ? Ranks fifth all-time at UMass in career quarterback sacks with 22 ? Has played in 33 career games, starting 32 times.
2002: A starter for UMass at defensive tackle ? Earned second team All-America honors from Don Hansen?s National Weekly Football Gazette ? A second team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection ? Named to the New England Football Writers Division I-AA All-Star team ? Played in 11 games on the season, starting all 11 times ? Missed the Rhode Island game due to injury ? Recorded 53 total tackles on the year, including 39 solo stops ? Ranked second on the team with seven sacks for 48 yards, while standing fourth on the team in tackles for loss with 14 for 61 yards ? Also had three blocked kicks, six pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and 16 quarterback hurries on the season ? Recorded 10 total tackles in the win at James Madison, with three tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup ? Made six total tackles in the victory over Villanova, with two tackles for loss and a sack for 15 yards ? Had six total tackles against AIC, including four sacks for 23 yards, to go along with seven quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and a blocked extra point ? Totaled four tackles in the win over Delaware, with three tackles for loss, a sack and a quarterback hurry ? Recorded four solo tackles at North Carolina State, with a tackle for loss and three quarterback hurries ? Had five tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry against Central Connecticut ? Made four tackles at Northeastern, with one tackle for loss ? Totaled three tackles and a blocked field goal in the victory at Richmond ? Recorded three tackles against Hofstra, with two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries ? Blocked a field goal and recovered a fumble in the win over Maine ? Had seven tackles at New Hampshire ? One of 16 preseason candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award ? A preseason first team All-America selection by The Sports Network, Lindy?s, Street & Smith?s and Don Hansen?s National Weekly Football Gazette ? Named preseason first team All-Atlantic 10.
2001: Started all 11 games along the defensive line ? Named a first team All-American by Don Hansen?s National Weekly Football Gazette ? Also earned second team All-America honors from The Sports Network, while being a third team All-America selection by the Associated Press ? Named first team All-Atlantic 10, first team All-New England and first team All-ECAC ? Selected as the team?s most outstanding defensive player ? Was the only sophomore to be named to the first team All-Atlantic 10 defense, with all the other first and second team selections being juniors or seniors ? Saw most of his action at defensive end, but also started two games at tackle late in the season ? Led the team in both tackles for loss (24 for 97 yards) and sacks (10 for 70 yards) ? His 10 sacks rank as the sixth-best single season mark in school history ? Finished the season as the Atlantic 10?s leader in both sacks and tackles for loss ? Also totaled 57 tackles, seven quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, two blocked field goals and an interception ? Had five tackles against Richmond in the season finale, with one tackle for loss ? Recorded a season-high 10 total tackles and a forced fumble in victory over No. 15 Rhode Island, including three sacks and six tackles for loss ? Made eight tackles in the win over Northeastern, with four tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, a blocked field goal, and a key sack in the closing minutes to help secure the victory ? Had six total tackles and three tackles for loss at Villanova, while also deflecting a pass in the Wildcat end zone and intercepting it for the first touchdown of his collegiate career ? Recorded seven total tackles in the victory over James Madison, with three tackles for loss and two sacks ? Made six solo tackles against New Hampshire, including three tackles for loss and a sack for nine yards ? Had seven total tackles, two sacks and a blocked field goal at No. 12 Hofstra ? Recorded three total tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries against William & Mary.
2000: Named to the Academic All-Atlantic 10 team ? Played in every game at defensive end, starting 10 times ? Led all UMass defensive linemen with 57 total tackles on the season ? Also had 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and six quarterback hurries ? Made five tackles at Rhode Island, with one tackle for loss ? Recorded four tackles and three quarterback hurries against Villanova ? Made a career-high 12 tackles at New Hampshire, including nine solo stops ? Had four tackles with a sack and a forced fumble against AIC ? Made a team-high eight tackles in the victory over Maine, including four sacks and five tackles for loss ? Named the Teamlink / CFAA Division I-AA National Newcomer of the Week, the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and the WHMP / UMass Athlete of the Week following the Maine game ? Had five tackles against Hofstra, with one tackle for loss ? Totaled eight tackles at Richmond ? Had four tackles against William & Mary, including one tackle for loss.
1999: Redshirted ? Named to the Athletic Director?s Honor Roll in the spring semester.
Before UMass: Played for coach Frank Tudryn at Northampton (Mass.) High School ? Totaled 135 tackles and three interceptions during his senior season ? Also caught 58 passes for 917 yards and nine touchdowns as a tight end ? Finished his career with 201 tackles, nine sacks and three interceptions ? Had career receiving totals of 89 catches for 1,310 yards and 12 touchdowns ? Earned All-Suburban League honors during his senior year, while also being named All-Western Massachusetts by the Springfield Union-News and the Daily Hampshire Gazette ? Served as team captain during senior season, when he was named the team?s MVP, Best Defensive Player and Hardest Hitter ? Team won Suburban League title and finished as the Super Bowl runner-up in 1996 ? Also played center and power forward on the Northampton basketball team ? Led basketball team to back-to-back Western Massachusetts titles.
Personal: Full name is Valdamar Tarrence Brower ? Son of Micheala Farnham-Brower and Vincent Brower ? Born April 30, 1981, in Northampton, Mass. ? Majoring in African-American Studies.
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