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Winning the Fight of Their Lives
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Team MVP … All-Big Ten Second Team (Coaches), All-Big Ten Third Team (Media) ... Led Big Ten and ranked ninth in the country by averaging 5.8 solo tackles per game ... Finished the season with a team-high 87 tackles and 69 solo stops, ranked second on the team with 8.5 TFLs and tied for team lead with 5 pass breakups ... Recorded 11 tackles (4 solo) and half a tackle for loss in final game with Terps at Michigan State on Nov. 14 ... Had a career- best, game-high 13 tackles and recorded first career fumble recovery at Temple on Sept. 14.
Led Maryland with 9.5 TFLs ... Started all 12 games and ranked third on the team with 68 tackles (46 solo) ... Had 6 tackles in each of the last two games of the season against Penn State on Nov. 24 and Ohio State on Nov. 17 … Led team with 11 tackles, including 1.0 TFL, and made the game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter against No. 23-ranked Texas on Sept. 1.
Had a breakout season by appearing in 12 games and making 11 starts primarily at nickelback ... Led Big Ten Conference in TFLs (9.5) by a defensive back ... Led the team in solo tackles (53), while ranking second in total tackles (77), and tied for second in interceptions (2) ... Had a career-high 13 tackles, including 1.0 TFL, at No. 10 Ohio State (10/7) ... Recorded his first career interception vs. Towson on Sept. 9 … Made his first career start at No. 23 Texas on Sept. 2 and had 4 tackles and returned a blocked field goal 71 yards
for a touchdown.
Appeared in 6 games, primarily on special teams.
ABOUT BEING SERIOUSLY INJURED A S A HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERBACK:
“I had a compound fracture of my right ankle. That was the first thing that happened. It stuck in the ground on my way down. As I went down getting tackled, I broke my leg at the same time.”
ON HOW CLOSE HE CAME TO GIVING UP FOOTBALL AFTER THAT INJURY:
“It was pretty close. I think I was in the hospital for a week. I was sitting there thinking every day, every step of the way what I should do. My decision was to keep playing. After that day, I found out that I didn’t want to be the person who almost made it and just didn’t because of injuries. I didn’t want that to be the outcome and now I’m proud because now I’m here.”
SENIOR DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT/ SECONDARY TERYL AUSTIN:
“The biggest thing I liked about him is he was around the ball. He is going to be there, wherever that ball is. He is very, very physical. When you watch, he has a really good feel for the game in terms of instincts and making quick decisions and not being afraid to make a decision. That’s what you are looking for. He is going to diagnose and key and trust what he sees and then goes. I like that about him. That’s the stuff that showed up on film, and that’s why we liked him, and that’s why we got him.”