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Brandon Graham 55
Brandon Graham

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Detroit, Mich.

High School:
Crockett Technical

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 263

Position:
DE


At Michigan ... first defensive player in school history to be voted Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player twice (2008, 2009) ... shared 2009 Chicago Tribune Silver Football as Big Ten's MVP with Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark ... 2009 All-Big Ten first team (coaches and media) ... 2008 All-Big Ten second team (coaches and media) ... posted 138 tackles, 56 tackles for loss, 29.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and three pass breakups ... second in career TFLs and sacks at Michigan ... tied for second at U-M in career forced fumbles (six) ... two-year starter at defensive end ... four-year letterman ... played in 47 career games and made 28 starts at defensive end ... 40.6 percent of his stops came behind the line of scrimmage.

Senior (2009) ... elected team captain ... earned fourth varsity letter ... voted Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player ... co-winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football with Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark ... Ted Hendricks Award finalist ... Rivals.com All-America first team ... Associated Press All-America second team ... Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team ... Sporting News All-America second team ... SI.com All-America second team ... CollegeFootballNews.com All-America second team ... Phil Steele's All-America fourth team ... All-Big Ten first team (coaches and media) ... Rotary Lombardi, Chuck Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski and Ronnie Lott award candidate ... started all 12 games at defensive end ... contributed on punt return unit in every game ... recorded a career-best 64 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two PBUs ... led the nation in tackles for loss and was 14th nationally in sacks ... scored one touchdown on a punt return and blocked two punts ... contributed one tackle and one PBU vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5) ... recorded three tackles and two TFL vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 25) ... posted four tackles, one TFL, one PBU and a fumble recovery vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) ... made six tackles and 1.5 TFLs vs. Indiana (Sept. 26) ... posted his first sack of the season, two TFLs, four total tackles and forced one fumble at Michigan State (Oct. 3) ... recorded a career-best nine tackles, three-and-a-half TFLs and two sacks at Iowa (Oct. 10) ... registered three tackles, two sacks and returned a blocked punt two yards for his first-career touchdown vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17) ... recorded seven tackles, 3.5 TFLs and 0.5 sacks vs. Penn State (Oct. 24) ... earned his first career punt block and recovered the ball in the third quarter against PSU ... posted seven tackles, 1.5 TFLs, one sack and blocked a punt for the second straight week at Illinois (Oct. 31) ... made two solo tackles vs. Purdue (Nov. 7) ... registered a career-best 11 tackles, four TFLs and two sacks at Wisconsin (Nov. 14) ... forced a fumble on a sack that was returned by Ryan Van Bergen for a touchdown against the Badgers ... set a career high with five tackles for loss vs. Ohio State (Nov. 21) ... posted seven stops and two sacks against the Buckeyes.

Junior (2008) ... earned third varsity letter ... SI.com All-America honorable mention ... voted by his teammates as the Bo Schembechler Team MVP ... All-Big Ten second team selection by coaches and media ... started 11 games at defensive end ... 20 of his 46 stops were tackles for loss ... led defensive line with a career-best 46 tackles, 20 TFLs and 10 sacks ... second nationally in tackles for loss and tied for seventh in sacks ... one of only seven Wolverines to earn 10 or more sacks in one season ... lists eighth in sacks and tied for seventh in tackles for loss in U-M's season record book ... set career highs with 3.5 tackles for loss and seven total tackles vs. Utah (Aug. 30) ... recorded four tackles and one sack vs. Miami (Sept. 6) ... led team in TFL for the second straight contest ... posted two stops and one TFL at Notre Dame (Sept. 13) ... posted three sacks, forced two fumbles and tallied six stops vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 27) ... named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against the Badgers ... recorded six stops and forced two fumbles ... totaled six stops and one TFL vs. Illinois (Oct. 4) ... recorded 50th career stop against the Fighting Illini ... missed the Toledo (Oct. 11) game due to a leg infection ... recorded three tackles at Penn State (Oct. 18) ... three of his four stops were sacks against Michigan State (Oct. 25) ... registered three tackles and one TFL at Purdue (Nov. 1) ... posted four tackles and one sack at Minnesota (Nov. 8) ... totaled four tackles and 2.5 TFLs vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... posted three tackles, including two TFLs and one sack at Ohio State (Nov. 22) ... tallied at least one TFL in 10 of his 11 games played ... registered multiple TFLs in six of his 11 contests ... posted sacks in six of his 11 games played.

Sophomore (2007) ... earned second varsity letter ... was a Ted Hendricks Trophy candidate ... played in all 13 contests and made five starts at defensive end ... led team in sacks (8.5) and was second in forced fumbles (three) ... tied for seventh in the Big Ten and tied for 34th nationally in sacks ... tied for seventh in the conference and tied for 55th nationally in forced fumbles (0.25 avg.) ... contributed a career-best 25 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass breakup ... played defensive end vs. Appalachian State (Sept. 1) ... assisted on a TFL against Oregon (Sept. 8) ... tallied career highs in sacks (3.5) and tackles (four) vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 15) ... forced one fumble against the Irish ... posted three tackles, 1.5 sacks, forced one fumble and recovered another fumble vs. Penn State (Sept. 22) ... setup Michigan's first touchdown against the Nittany Lions with a forced fumble and sack of Anthony Morelli at the PSU 10-yard line ... made one sack, forced one fumble and collected two total stops at Northwestern (Sept. 29) ... recorded one sack, two solo tackles and first career pass breakup vs. Eastern Michigan (Oct. 6) ... contributed three stops against Purdue (Oct. 13) ... assisted on one tackle at Illinois (Oct. 20) ... registered one sack, one fumble recovery and two tackles vs. Minnesota (Oct. 27) ... assisted on four stop, including a sack, in start at Michigan State (Nov. 3) ... assisted on one tackle for loss in start at Wisconsin (Nov. 10) ... made two solo stops vs. Ohio State (Nov. 17) ... played defensive end vs. Florida in the Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1).

Freshman (2006) ... earned first varsity letter ... played in 11 games ... contributed three tackle and shared one sack ... made career debut as reserve defensive end vs. Vanderbilt (Sept. 2) ... saw action at defensive end against Central Michigan (Sept. 9) ... played defensive tackle at Notre Dame (Sept. 16) ... saw action at both inside defensive line positions vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 23) ... did not see game action in conference road games at Minnesota (Sept. 30) and Penn State (Oct. 14) ... played backup defensive tackle against Michigan State (Oct. 7) and Iowa (Oct. 21) ... tallied first career stop, a solo tackle, from defensive tackle position vs. Northwestern (Oct. 28) ... played defensive tackle against Ball State (Nov. 4) ... forced one fumble, assisted on a sack and totaled two stops at Indiana (Nov. 11) ... played defensive tackle at Ohio State (Nov. 18) and against Southern California in the Rose Bowl (Jan. 1).

Prep ... attended Crockett Vocation Tech coached by Ron Oden ... led school to its first Detroit Public School League title as a junior and a semifinal appearance in the Division 4 playoffs ... four-year letterman ... Key Statistics... recorded 307 tackles, including 112 tackles for loss and 56 sacks during career ... collected 16 fumble recoveries, forced six more and grabbed two interceptions in four years at Crockett ... averaged more than 40 yards per attempt as a punter ... limited to seven games of action as a senior due to injury, tallying 98 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two interceptions and forced six fumbles ... tallied 20 sacks and 10 fumble recoveries junior year ... Honors and Rankings... Parade Magazine All-American ... EA Sports All-American ... named to the USA Today All-USA High School All-America first team ... rated No. 14 player in the nation by USA Today... Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year ... No. 31 ranked prep prospect by ESPN ... became first player from the state of Michigan to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... elected captain of the East squad for the U.S. Army game, collecting four tackles and one blocked field goal ... 2005 Detroit News No. 1 Blue Chip prospect ... No. 2 on the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest rankings ... named by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as the No. 15 player on its national top 25 ... five-star prospect according to Prep Football Report ... rated No. 14 player nationally by Prep Football Report ... five-star prospect and the 15th-best overall player nationally according to Rivals.com ... five-star prospect and the nation's No. 3 linebacker according to Scout.com ... rated as the No. 11 overall recruit by SuperPrep Magazine's Elite 50 ... ranked the No. 3 linebacker in the nation by PrepStar Magazine ... second-best inside linebacker prospect nationally and the top-rated player in the state of Michigan by Rivals.com ... nation's 31st-best overall player according to Scout.com ... Detroit News first-team All-Metro and first-team Class B All-State as a junior ... Other Sports... participated in basketball while also throwing the shot put in track ... ran a 10.9 in the 100 meters along with a 23.5 in the 200 ... best shot put was 50 feet.

Personal ... Brandon Lee Graham was born April 3, 1988, in Detroit, Mich ... enrolled in the Division of Kinesiology ... undeclared major.


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