WORTH NOTING: One of the top linebackers in the country ... named to every preseason All-American teams ...Butkus Award candidate ... was one of three finalists for the Butkus Award last season despite being just a sophomore ... earned first-team All-American honors last season joining Ray Savage (1989) as the only first-team All-American linebackers in school history ... tremendous talent who is one of the fastest players on the team ... dynamic playmaker who covers sideline to sideline ... a threat in pass coverage or rushing the quarterback as well as an excellent run stuffer ... led the team in tackling his first two years, the first Cavalier to do that since Charles McDaniel in 1982-83 ... second on the team behind DE Brennan Schmidt in career tackles (207).
HONORS:2004--First-team All-American by The Sporting News and CSTV ... second-team All-American by The Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... third-team All-
American by CollegeSportsReport.com ... honorable mention All-American by SportsIllustrated.com and Collegefootballnews.com ... finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker ... first-team All-ACC ... ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week following UVa's game against Maryland (Nov. 8) ... Linebacker of the Year in Virginia by the Richmond Touchdown Club ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times ... co-recipient of the Ned McDonald Award as UVa's outstanding defensive player. 2003--Freshman All-America Team by Scripps/Football Writers Association of America ... first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... first-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com ...ACC Freshman of the Year by Collegefootballnews.com ... ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News ... ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News ...Sports Illustrated All-Bowl team ... Collegefootballnews.com All-Bowl team.
AT VIRGINIA: 2004-- First-team All-American and first-team All-ACC performer who had a tremendous season ... was one of three finalists for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker ... led the team in tackling for the second year in a row ... made 90 tackles and averaged 7.5 tackles per game ...11th in the ACC in tackling and seventh in sacks ... led the team with 11 QB pressures ... eight sacks were second on the team behind Darryl Blackstock ...broke up four passes and intercepted two others ... led the team in tackling on four occasions ...four double-digit performances ...gave way in the starting line-up for the opener against Temple to senior Rich Bedesem ... still had a big role in the win over the Owls ...was the team's starting kickoff return man and returned the opening kickoff 40 yards ... very nearly took it all the way for a score ...also made five tackles, including two sacks ... 10 tackles in a home win over North Carolina ... five tackles, with one sack, against Akron on Homecoming ...also caused a fumble and broke up a pass ...12 tackles to lead the way in a win over Syracuse ... had two sacks and two pressures vs. the Orange ...made a team-leading 11 tackles against Florida State ... broke up two passes and made eight tackles against Duke ...made two acrobatic interceptions to key a shutout of Maryland ...the first UVa linebacker with two interceptions in a game since Randy Neal in 1992 ... earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance against the Terrapins ...tied his season high with 12 tackles against Miami ...three of his six tackles against Virginia Tech went for lost yardage ...finished with two sacks vs. the Hokies ... five tackles against Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl ... lettered.
2003--Earned a starting spot in training camp and remained there the rest of the season ... led the team in tackling with an average of 9.0 tackles per game to become the first freshman to lead since P.J. Killian in 1990 ...second on the team in quarterback pressures (15) and sacks (4), and third in tackles for loss (10) and pass breakups (6) ... team's leading tackler on five occasions, all in the last nine games ... made at least seven tackles in 12 of 13 games ...six double-digit performances were tops on the team ... began his career with seven tackles against Duke ... also broke up two passes in that game ... made nine tackles in his first road game in the hostile environment at South Carolina ... season-low four stops vs. Western Michigan ... seven tackles, including two for loss, in the comeback win over Wake Forest ... recorded his first sack in that game ... led the team for the first time with nine tackles against North Carolina ... had a sack for the second game in a row ... 11 tackles, including two behind the line, against Clemson to start a stretch where he made at least 10 tackles in five of the last eight games ... shared the team lead with 10 tackles against #7 Florida State ... made a team-leading 11-tackles vs. Troy State ... seven stops against N.C. State and 10 vs. Maryland as the Cavaliers lost two tough road games ... nine tackles, including six solos, to lead the way against Georgia Tech ... closed the regular season with an 11-tackle effort in a big win over in-state rival Virginia Tech to lead the team for the second game in a row ... had a tremendous performance in the Continental Tire Bowl victory over Pittsburgh ... second on the team with 12 tackles, including eight solo stops ... two of his tackles were behind the line, including a sack ... also broke up a pass and had two hurries ... teamed with Kai Parham on a key fourth-and-one play from the 1-yard line on Pitt's first possession that set a defensive tone for the rest of the game ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named the USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year ... stellar career at C.D. Hylton High School for coach Bill Brown ... Tom Lemming's Defensive Player of the Year ... Parade All-American ... PrepStar All-American ... first-team All-American by Tom Lemming ... Max Emfinger All-American ... five stars by Rivals100.com ...SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year ... also listed as the sixth-best player in the country and #1 player in the Mid-Atlantic Region by Tom Lemming ... #1 strong-side linebacker in the country by Max Emfinger ... nation's top linebacker by Tom Lemming and Rivals100.com ... #5 player in the nation according to Collegefootballnews.com ... rated the 13th-best player in the country by SuperPrep ... listed as the nation's second-best linebacker by SuperPrep and Student Sports ... PrepStar Top-125 Dream Team (#3 linebacker) ...ranked the #2 linebacker in the Atlantic region by PrepStar ... the #1 player in Virginia by SuperPrep, the Roanoke Times and on the Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List"...Group AAA Defensive Player of the Year by the Virginia coaches association ... Washington Post All-Met and the Washington Metro Defensive Player of the Year ... selected as the defensive captain of the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas ... first-team All-State linebacker and second-team All-State as a running back ... had 207 tackles, including 144 solos, 34 for losses, five forced fumbles, three sacks, one interception, two fumble recoveries, and 16 QB pressures as a senior ... also rushed for 848 yards and 10 touchdowns, while averaging 12.6 yards per carry ... helped lead Hylton to semifinals of the state playoffs ...the loss in the semifinals was the only game Hylton lost that he played in ...missed most of his junior year due to a broken foot ... started for Virginia Group AAA championship teams as a freshman and sophomore ... caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the 1999 title game after giving his team possession following an interception ... first-team all-state and all-conference as a sophomore ... 205 tackles, including 135 solo stops, 17 tackles for loss, eight quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles during his sophomore season ... also returned kicks during his career ...attended Hargrave Military Academy last fall ... was in on 48 tackles and had four sacks during the season ... also recovered three fumbles, returning one for a touchdown, and intercepted two passes.
PERSONAL: Ahmad Kadar Brooks ... born 3-14-84 in Fairfax, Va. ... son of Vergie and Perry Brooks ... has an older brother, Perry, Jr., and a sister, Krsunthia ... father played defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins from 1977-85 ... sociology major.