Pat Brunner

So., Linebacker, 6-3, 244

Cincinnati, Ohio
Elder H.S.

An All-SEC freshman pick last season, Brunner is in the mix for substantial playing time at middle linebacker in Vanderbiltís new 4-3 scheme. Will need to demonstrate blend of strength, toughness and mental approach to take the critical LB role.

Named to Coachesí All-SEC Freshman Team as LB... Started first eight games and the season finale as ILB in 3-4 set... Played in every game... Credited with 31 solo and 59 total tackles... Tied for fifth on team in total tackles... Played well against Alabama with nine tackles, then added double-digit tackles versus Richmond (13) and Auburn (10). Added seven tackles in finale against Ole Miss.


High School
Named first team All-City by Cincinnati Post and Cincinnati Inquirer... PrepStar Midwest team... Team captain... Two-year starter at LB... As senior, achieved 142 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, four sacks and caused four fumbles... Nominated to play in Ohio North-South All-Star Game... As junior, scored two defensive TDs, including 87-yard INT return... Also played basketball and wrestled in high school... Honor Roll selection... President of sophomore class... President of Spirit Committee as senior... Wrote for school newspaper.

Brunner plans to major in Human and Organizational Development, and also is interested in communications in the College of Arts and Science.

Son of Patrick and Karen Brunner... Born September 29, 1981... Dad, a chiropractor, is a five-time participant in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii... Also in fatherís chiropractic business is Ray Stricker Jr., older brother of WR Dan Stricker... Spends part of summer on family farm in Indiana... Enjoys fishing, riding four-wheelers and playing guitar.


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