3 - Mike Brannon|
|Hometown:||Rancho Cordova, Calif.|
|Previous School:||Cordova HS|
A three-time all-Big Sky selection, Brannon established himself last season as one of the top linebackers in the Football Championship Subdivision…a preseason candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award…according to coaches, he possesses all the skills needed to play at the next level…began his career as a defensive end before making the move to linebacker as a junior…already has accumulated the most sacks in the school’s Div. I-AA/FCS era and needs just seven more to set the all-time mark…enters the 2008 season needing 13 tackles to crack the school’s career tackle list…is only 5.5 tackles-for-loss away from tying the school record.
2007 Season: Was named honorable mention All-America by The Sports Network at linebacker…also earned first team all-Big Sky honors…started all 11 games…made one start at defensive end against Portland State’s run-and-shoot attack but played every other game at linebacker…led the team with 18.0 tackles-for-loss which ranks third in school’s Div. I-AA/FCS era history…was third on the team with 81 total tackles, including 47 solo stops…also paced the Hornets with 9.5 sacks…that total was the eighth best in school history…made at least three tackles in all 11 games…best total came against Eastern Washington where he had a career high 16 tackles (11 solo, five assists)…also tied the school mark with 3.5 sacks, had 4.5 tackles-for-loss and blocked a field goal attempt…recorded 10 total tackles at Weber State…forced a fumble at Portland State and recovered a fumble against Idaho State.
2006 Season: Named second team all-Big Sky as a defensive end…started all 11 games…ended the season with 54 total tackles, which was the most among the team’s defensive linemen…opened the year with four stops, including a sack at Boise State…had at least two stops in all 11 games and had at least five tackles in seven contests…led the team with six sacks and was second with 11.0 tackles-for-loss…had a season-high seven total tackles, including a pair of sacks, in the win over Weber State…also had an interception in that game…recorded his second interception at UC Davis…forced a fumble against Portland State…matched his TFL season high with two stops for a combined loss of 10 yards in the win at Idaho State.
2005 Season: Earned honorable mention all-Big Sky honors during his first collegiate season…started all 11 games at defensive end…had at least three stops in each game…ended the year with 54 total tackles, including 11 for loss and three sacks…ranked second on the team in both tackles-for-loss and sacks…his total tackles led all defensive linemen on the team…biggest game came in the season finale against Montana where he had nine stops (three solo), 3.5 tackles-for-loss and a sack for a 12-yard loss…also had sacks against UC Davis and Northern Arizona…had eight tackles (four solos) in the victory over NAU…also forced a fumble and broke up a pass against the Lumberjacks…recovered a fumble and had a season-high five solo tackles (six total) at Cal Poly.
High School: A 2003 graduate of Cordova HS…played four years of football and basketball and competed in three years of track and field for the Lancers…was a two-time all-Sierra Valley Conference selection in football…named SVC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior…was named to the Sacramento Bee’s All-Metro team that same year…helped lead Cordova to a 12-1 overall record and a Sierra Valley Conference title as a senior…played tight end and linebacker…also earned all-conference honors in basketball.
Personal: Born 4-5-86…majoring in kinesiology…son of Monica Brannon.