Sam Brooks, Jr.
Miami Gardens, Fla.
2020 (Sophomore): Saw action in 10 games and made one start in regular season…Finished with 37 total tackles (15 solo), including 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack…Added two PBUs…Played in season opener against UAB (Sept. 10), finishing with three total tackles…Posted six tackles (four solo) and half tackle for loss in road win at top-20 Louisville (Sept. 19)…Finished with one tackle in romp of rival Florida State (Sept. 26)…Recorded two tackles (one solo) at top-ranked Clemson (Oct. 10)…Finished with three total tackles (two solo) in win over Pittsburgh (Oct. 17)…Had one tackle in victory over Virginia (Oct. 24)…Credited with four tackles (one solo) in come-from-behind win at NC State (Nov. 6)…Made first start of season in road win at Virginia Tech (Nov. 14), finishing with seven total tackles (three solo), including 6-yard sack, and added one PBU…Had six total tackles (four solo) in regular season finale against North Carolina (Dec. 12)…Finished with four tackles in 2020 Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State (Dec. 29).
2019 (True Freshman): Saw action in eight games and made one start in first season…Finished with 18 tackles (11 solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss, including one sack…Made career debut in home opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 14), leading team with five total tackles (four solo) and first sack of career (three yards)…Saw action in win over Central Michigan (Sept. 21)…Had one tackle in win over Virginia (Oct. 11)…Saw action in win at Pittsburgh (Oct. 26)…Played in regular season finale at Duke (Nov. 30)…Made first start of career in 2019 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl against Louisiana Tech (Dec. 26), finishing with career-high 12 tackles (six solo) and 0.5 TFLs.
High School: Consensus three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com…Rated top-50 outside linebacker in country by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com…Member of back-to-back Class 6A state champions in 2017-18…Had five tackles and 56-yard fumble return for touchdown in 22-0 victory over Seffner Armwood in 2018 Class 6A state title game…Named to 2017 Miami Herald All-Dade Third Team defense despite missing part of season due to injury…Chose Miami over offers from Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Arkansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, UCF and USF, among others.