Returning All-American, who will be one of the nations 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 Hansens 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, Lindys, Street & Smiths and Don Hansens 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 Hansens 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 teams 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 10s 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 Directors 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 teams 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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