Eric Byrum

So., Linebacker, 6-4, 234

Grove City, Ohio
Grove City H.S.

A valuable reserve as a freshman, Byrum will compete for one less LB position in 4-3 set. Has the combination of size and strength to compete for substantial playing time at either inside or outside at linebacker. Appears 100% from late-season foot injury... One of three true freshmen to earn letter last year.

Byrum saw limited playing time in nine games at OLB in the Commodoresí 3-4 defense... Credited with four total tackles, one each against Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Ole Miss...Nagging ankle injury against South Carolina slowed progress in second half of season.

High School
Three-year varsity player in Columbus suburb school... Two-way starter (RB and LB) as senior... Team captain as senior... Named first team All-Ohio Capital Conference after senior season... As senior, recorded 80 tackles and scored seven TDs on offense... Team finished 5-5 as senior and 12-1 as junior... Team went to third round of Ohio state playoffs during junior season... Also played basketball through junior year... Graduated in Top 5% of class... Member of National Honor Society.

Byrum is undecided on his major, and is enrolled in the School of Arts and Science.

Son of James and Beverly Byrum... Born Aug. 10, 1982... Switching uniform, from #95 to #27... Older brother, Jamie, is a two-year starter and captain for the Commodores... Mom is a veterinarian, dad is Columbus area businessman... Raised on small farm... Attends West End Community Church in Nashville... Is avid reader... Enjoys hunting and fishing.


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