On Ellis: Starting strong safety coming out of spring football ... Has shown great development in the secondary after moving from linebacker several years ago ... Made significant progress last season ... Has improved communication and working to be a more vital player ... Great athlete who comes from a family of good performers ... Will continue to contribute on special teams ... Worked hard to recover from a broken jaw suffered as a freshman ... Switched to No. 9 from No. 24 as a junior.
As a redshirt senior in 2008 Starting strong safety as a senior seeing most playing time ... Fourth on team in tackles with 60, along with 1.5 sacks, 2.0 TFLs and a fumble return for a touchdown at Texas Tech, a pass break-up and a forced fumble ... Second on squad in solo tackles with 32 ... Four stops including 0.5 TFL vs. Maine (11/8) including 100th career tackle ... Five tackles at Rhode Island (11/1) ... Racked up 1.5 sacks with seven tackles vs. Bryant (10/25) ... Seven tackles vs. #9 Richmond (10/18) ... Led UMass with eight tackles in win at Northeastern (10/11) ... Racked up seven tackles vs. #16 Delaware (10/4) ... Scored first-career touchdown on a 53-yard fumble return at #11 FBS Texas Tech (9/20). Also had four tackles ... Two tackles at #7 James Madison (9/13) ... Four stops and a pass break-up at Holy Cross (9/6) ... Racked up first-career double-figure tackle game with 10 stops against Albany (8/30). Also forced a fumble.
As a redshirt junior in 2007: Played in 11 games in packages, making one start ... Had 25 tackles overall, three passes defended and a fumble recovery ... Four tackles in NCAA First Round vs. #25 Fordham (11/24) ... Two tackles and pass break-up at #22 Hofstra (11/17) ... Made two tackles in win over #14 New Hampshire (11/10) ... Recovered a fumble on specials teams along with a tackle at William & Mary (10/27) ... Started and made career-best six tackles at Maine (9/22) ... Two stops vs. #23 Towson (9/15) ... Career-best four tackles in opener vs. Holy Cross (9/1).
As a redshirt sophomore in 2006: Played in nine games in the secondary and on special teams ... Made 13 total tackles ... Also had first career interception, sack and TFL ... Had a tackle in NCAA Final vs. Appalachian State (12/15) ... First-career sack for five yards and two tackles vs. Rhode Island (10/21) ... Had six total tackles in two games (Sept. 16-23) ... Had three tackles vs. Stony Brook (9/23) ... Three tackles on special teams at Villanova (9/16) ... Had first career interception and returned it three yards vs. Colgate (9/2), also had two tackles.
As a redshirt freshman in 2005: Played in all 11 games on special teams ... Made four tackles including three solo tackles against Northeastern (10/8), Maine (10/22) and Delaware (11/5).
As a freshman in 2004: Redshirted after suffering a broken jaw early in the fall.
Before UMass: Played four years as an outside linebacker and running back for Head Coach Fred Snyder at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Posted 218 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions for his career ... As a senior, recorded 98 tackles, five sacks and returned one interception for a touchdown while serving as team captain ... Played in the 2004 Governors Bowl (New York vs. New Jersey) and was named to the Golden 50 All-State Team ... Also played in the 2004 Outback Steakhouse "Empire Challenge" earning a spot on the New York City vs. Long Island All-City Team ... Named the Defensive MVP of the Reilly Classic Senior All-Star Bowl Game ... Two-time selection to the New York Newsday All-City and All-Borough Teams ... Named to the 2003 New York Daily News All-City Team ... Was a four-year junior football coach as part of the NFL Junior Player Development Program.
Personal: Brian Christopher Ellis ... Born July 17, 1986 ... son of Troy and Karen Ellis ... Has one brother, Devale, and one sister, Tori ... Brother Devale, currently plays for the Detroit Lions and was a star wide receiver for the Hofstra football team, who was a second-team All-Conference player as a senior in 2005 ... Majoring in African-American Studies.
CAREER STATISTICS (Defense) Year GP UT AT TT Sacks TFL Int PD 2005 11/0 2 2 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2006 9/1 3 10 13 1-5 1-5 1-3 1 2007 11/1 15 10 25 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 2008 10/11 32 28 60 1.5-10 2-12 0-0 1 Totals 41/13 52 50 102 2.5-15 3-17 1-3 5
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