Will look to earn playing time as a backup inside linebacker ? Plays from sideline to sideline ? Has very good football sense ? Equally adept at defending both the pass and the run.
2001: Did not see any game action.
Before UMass: Played for coach George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ? Totaled 134 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, five sacks and seven pass breakups during his senior season ? Led team to 14-1 record as a senior, advancing to the Division 4A state championship game ? Served as team captain during senior year, and was named the team?s Defensive Player of the Year ? Named first team All-Broward County and first team All-State ? Starter in the Dade County-Broward County All-Star Game.
Personal: Full name is Brandon M. Brudzinski ? Son of Bob and Susan Brudzinski ? Born July 7, 1982, in Long Beach, Calif. ? Father played football at Ohio State University, and went on to play 13 seasons in the National Football League ? Father played on three Super Bowl teams, with the 1979 Los Angeles Rams, 1982 Miami Dolphins and 1984 Miami Dolphins ? Attended the same high school as UMass senior wide receiver Adrian Zullo, junior linebackers Jeremy Cain and Mike Ziccardi, sophomore wide receiver Joe Bruce and freshman tailback Justin Montgomery ? Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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