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Darrell Brooks
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 02, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: 3L ... Expected to fill the starting position at free safety in 2005 ... Ranked the No. 15 free safety in the nation by Sporting News entering the 2005 season ... Also listed on the Lott Award watch list ... Shoulder surgery kept Brooks out of spring practice ... Enters the 2005 season with 207 career tackles in his three-year career ... Started 10 games during the 2004 season ... Named second team All-Pac-10 ... Earned All-Pac-10 honors ... Team captain for the 2004 season ... Led the team in tackles ... Finished the season with 73 tackles (48 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss (-14 yards), an interception, one forced fumble, nine pass breakups and one sack (-7 loss) ... Ranked No. 11 in the Pac-10 for tackles and No. 6 for pass deflections ... Had 11 tackles (9 solo) and one pass breakup vs. ASU ... Tallied five tackles and one pass breakup at Washington ... Finished with 12 tackles, including a tackle for loss, vs. Oregon State ... Nine tackles (5 solo) vs. California ...Six tackles and two pass breakups at Oregon ...Four tackles and a pass breakup at UCLA ... Tallied 11 tackles (6 solo), 2 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a sack (-7 loss) vs. Washington State ... Eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup vs. Wisconsin ... Five tackles and a pass break up vs. Utah ... Had two tackles, a forced fumble and an interception that he returned for eight yards vs. NAU ... Played in 11 games and started 10 at free safety during the 2003 season ... Finished the season with 79 tackles (55 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards), an interception, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups ... Third-leading tackler on the squad ... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors ... Had five tackles in the final game of the season at Arizona State ... Tallied seven hits, including a tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery vs. USC ... Had nine tackles, including one for loss, and broke up a pass against Washington ... Notched seven tackles, including one for loss, and broke up a pass at Oregon State ... Had three hits at California and five tackles vs. UCLA ... Broke up a pass and had eight tackles at Washington State ... Finished the Purdue game with a team-high 10 tackles ... Tallied seven hits, including a tackle for loss, vs. Oregon ... Posted a career-best and team-high 13 tackles (11 solo) and grabbed an interception in the LSU game ... Opened the season with five tackles vs. UTEP ... Stepped into the starting lineup at the beginning of the 2002 season and earned extensive playing time as a result of several injuries to key members of the Wildcat secondary ... Battled back problems for the latter half of the season, but started at corner in 10 games ... Completed the year as the team's No. 5 tackler with 50 hits (39 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards), three pass breakups, a fumble recovery and two forced fumbles ... Had five tackles (four solo) and recovered a fumble in the Arizona State game ... Had a solo tackle at California... Tallied a season-high 10 tackles (seven solo) versus UCLA... Had six tackles at Oregon State ... Notched five tackles and a tackle for loss against Washington State ... Had five solo tackles and broke up a pass at Stanford ... Had one solo tackle versus North Texas ... Forced two fumbles and finished with six tackles (five solo) at Wisconsin ... Tallied five tackles (four solo) against Utah ... Broke up two passes and had six solo tackles, including a tackle for loss, in the season opener versus Northern Arizona ... Earned second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors ... Redshirted in 2001 and impressed the coaching staff with his work on the defensive scout team.


High School: Moreno Valley High School, Moreno Valley, Calif., 2001 ... Earned three varsity football letters for coach Will Martin ... Started at free safety and wide receiver ... Named to the all-region, all-league, all-county and all-CIF teams ... Team captain and school MVP ... Led Moreno Valley High with 109 tackles and seven interceptions, while catching 33 passes for 511 yards and eight touchdowns ... During his career, had 12 interceptions and broke up 30 other passes ... Earned PrepStar all-region honors and was a highly-recruited student-athlete with interest from the service academies among other strong academic institutions ... rated him an honorable mention all-region player ... Also lettered in basketball and track and field ... Four-time scholar-athlete and honor roll member ... Listed in Who's Who Among High School Students.


Personal: Earned undergraduate degree in psychology in December 2004 and is currently enrolled in graduate school working towards a master's in public administration ... 2001 and 2002 Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Son of Dianita and Leslie Brooks Sr. of Moreno Valley, Calif. ... Father is a physical therapy assistant, mother is a supervisor ... Dad graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills, mom attended Cal State Northridge ... Brother, Leslie Brooks Jr., played football for UNLV ... Full name: Darrell Lamar Brooks ... Date of birth: March 11, 1983.

Brooks’ Career Stats

Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Other
2002 10-10 39 11 50 1.5-4 3 PD, 1 FR, 2 FF
2003 11-10 55 24 79 3.5-7 3 PD, 1 FR, 1 INT
2004 10-10 45 28 73 4.5-14 9 PD, 1 FF, 1 INT
2005 - - - - - -
Totals 31-30 142 60 202 9.5-25 15 PD, 2 FR, 3 FF, 2 INT

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