HIGH SCHOOL All-state selection as receiver and safety at Lovington (NM) High Led club to 14-0 record and state title as senior Caught 61 passes for 15 TDs; also returned four punts and two kickoffs for TDs; two rushing TDs Also all-district in basketball Criminology major
COLLEGE CAREER Versatile athlete who played outside linebacker and safety on defense, receiver on offense and return specialist Two-year starter for Lobos who finished career third on schools all-time tackling charts with 442 stops Also had three interceptions, 11 sacks and caused 11 fumbles .Averaged 18.8 yards on five kickoff returns, 15.1 yards on 13 punt returns .Six of of seven catches resulted in touchdowns Became schools first first-round pick since Robin Cole was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1977 Only second defensive player in past seven drafts chosen in first round by Bears (W. Harris in 1996).
FRESHMAN One of just two true freshmen to earn a letter Played in 10 games, seeing action primarily on special teams...
SOPHOMORE Second on team with 102 tackles .Also had two sacks and three tackles for loss, three pass deflections and two interceptions Interception and five tackles vs. Northern Arizona Two QB pressures, fumble recovery and six tackles vs. Texas El-Paso Had 10 tackles in games vs. San Diego State and Southern Methodist. 11 stops in games vs. TCU and BYU Earned WAC Player of Week after 13-tackle performance, sack and interception vs. Tulsa
JUNIOR First-team all-Mountain West selection Started every game at the "Lobo" back (safety) position and led entire nation with school-record 178 tackles Also had two sacks and four tackles for loss, eight pass deflections, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery Opened season with 14 tackles in first career start vs. Idaho State Had 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and two pass deflections vs. Utah State 15 tackles vs. New Mexico State and 18 tackles and sack vs. Air Force Career-high 20 tackles and forced fumble vs. San Diego State Also had 20 stops and forced fumble vs. Utah
SENIOR First-team all-America selection by Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America and Associated Press; second-team choice by Sporting News and Football News All-Mountain Conference first-team and Player of Year choice One of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football Started at free safety but also excelled as return specialist, in addition to seeing playing time as receiver Led team in tackles for second straight year as he delivered 154, one sack and six tackles for loss Also intercepted a pass and had seven pass deflections Caused five fumbles and recovered three for a total of 115 yards in returns Also played receiver, catching seven passes for 61 yards and six touchdowns Returned 10 punts for 158 yards and added 79 yards on three kickoff returns Served as co-captain for second straight year Season count for plays: 758 on defense, 130 on special teams and 29 on offense for an average of 83 plays per game Conference Player of Week after 16 tackles, fumble recovery for 44 yards, pass deflection which resulted in interception, forced fumble on punt return, two punt returns for 17 yards and the Lobos only score on 20-yard TD catch Had 11 tackles and two TD catches vs. New Mexico State Scored teams only TD on eight-yard catch and added eight tackles vs. Boise State National and Conference Defensive Player of Week vs. San Diego State: 100 plays, career-high tying 20 tackles and returned fumble 71 yards for TD in 21-14 win; also two fumble recoveries, two pass deflections and recovered onside kick to preserve win Registered 16 tackles, including three for loss vs. BYU; also forced two fumbles and returned punt 21 yards Had 18 tackles, sack and returned three punts for 37 yards vs. UNLV 20 tackles and an interception vs. Utah Ended career with 18 tackles, returned two punts for 37 yards and three kickoffs for 79 yards vs. Air Force
DRAFT Drafted 9th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bear.
ROOKIE YEAR Stuggling as an outside linebacker the Bears elected to not start him for the first 2 games, but a key injury put Brian in the middle linebacker position. 122 tackles later Brian won Defensive Rookie Of the Year Award while also be snubbed by Pro Bowl Voters, but once again due to injuries Mr. Urlacher got his chance and made the trip to the Pro Bowl, with many more trips to come...