WORTH NOTING: Rare four-year starter and two-time team captain (2004, `05) ... played every play like it's his last ... started every game of his career ...the first player in school history to start 50 games ...started 51 games in his career and tied an ACC record for most career starts with N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers and Maryland guard C.J. Brooks ... as best we can tell, his 51 starts is a figure topped by only seven players in NCAA Division I-A history ... they are also tied with former Ohio State nose guard Luke Fickell (1993-96) for most starts by a defensive lineman in I-A history ... one of seven players to start four bowl games in a career ... also tied the school record for most games played (51) ... 290 career tackles rank fourth in school history by a defensive lineman ... 11th in Virginia history with 30 career tackles for loss ... his 87 tackles in 2002 are the most by a freshman lineman in school history ... finished in the top three in tackling among ACC linemen three times in his career (2002, `03, `05).
HONORS: 2005--Semifinalist for the Ronnie Lott Award ...first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times ... received the Richmond Alumni Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
2004--All-ACC Academic Team.
2003--ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Duke on Aug.
2002-- Third-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News.
2005--The leader of the defense ...team captain ... finishedsecond on the team with 66 tackles ... averaged 5.5 tpg ...was the ACC's leading tackler among linemen and tied for 33rd overall ... led the team's linemen in tackles on nine occasions ...made at least six tackles in six games ...also caused a fumble, intercepted a pass and broke up two others ... nine quarterback pressures were third on the squad ... seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack, in the season opener vs. Western Michigan ...made a season-high eight tackles, including a sack, at Maryland ...six tackles, including a sack, at North Carolina ...had a disruptive game against Temple ...made four tackles and all occurred in the backfield ...also broke up a pass and had the first interception of his career ...tied his season high with eight tackles vs. Virginia Tech ... made six tackles against Miami ... named the team's defensive player of the week for the North Carolina, Temple and Miami games ...tied his season high with eight tackles in the Music City Bowl victory over Minnesota ...played the second half at nose tackle, going up against Outland Trophy winner, center Greg Eslinger ...held his own against Eslinger as the defense was spectacular in the second half ...Virginia allowed just 155 yards of total in the second half after relinquishing 306 in the first half.
2004--Started every game for the third year in a row ... defensive captain ... remarkably consistent ... 50 tackles, 4.2 per game, were second among the team's linemen ...career-high eight tackles for loss ...his tackles for loss came in bunches ... had four games with two each ... made two sacks ...second on the team with nine pressures, tops among linemen ...made three tackles in each of the first two games ...six tackles in back-to-back wins over Akron and Syracuse ...had two tackles for loss, including a sack, against Akron ... five tackles and two TFLs vs. both Florida State and Duke ... had his second sack of the season against Duke ...two of four stops vs. Miami occurred in the backfield ...three tackles vs. Virginia Tech ...season-high eight tackles and two pressures in the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Fresno State ... lettered.
2003--Started every game for the second year in a row ... fifth on the team in tackling with an average of 6.7 tackles per game ... second behind Canty in tackling among ACC defensive linemen ... 87 tackles are seventh in school history by a lineman ...second on the team with four sacks and fifth with seven tackles for loss ...tied with Canty for the team lead in quarterback pressures among the team's linemen (12) ... made between five and 10 tackles in 11 games, including the last 10 ...two of his three tackles against Duke were quarterback sacks, the first of his career ... was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his play vs. the Blue Devils ... nine tackles, including six solos, at South Carolina ... eight tackles against Wake Forest ... tied for the team lead with a season-high 10 tackles vs. Florida State ... eight tackles in back-to-back games against Troy State and N.C. State ... seven stops, including two behind the line, vs. Maryland ... six solo tackles in an excellent defensive performance in a win over Georgia Tech ... eight tackles in a win over Virginia Tech ... two of his tackles were for lost yardage ... was brilliant in the win over Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl ... finished with seven tackles ...had a key strip sack of Rod Rutherford in the fourth quarter ...Kai Parham recovered for Virginia to end the Panthers' final possession ... lettered for the second time.
2002--Started every game, one of only four players on defense to start every game ... finished sixth on the team in tackling with an average of 6.2 stops per game ... third among ACC defensive linemen in tackling and third among the league's freshmen ... led UVa's linemen in tackles on four occasions ...87 tackles are the most by a freshman lineman in school history ... second on the team with nine quarterback pressures ... got off to a somewhat slow start, making 12 tackles in the first three games ...had three in his debut against Colorado State ...stopped CSU quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt for a three-yard loss on the first tackle of his career ...involved in two ball disruptions vs. South Carolina ... caused quarterback Corey Jenkins to fumble deep in UVa territory ...Angelo Crowell recovered as the Cavaliers scored a touchdown on the next play ... recovered a Jenkins fumble at the UVa five-yard line midway through the fourth quarter that prevented the Gamecocks from cutting into UVa's 13-point lead ... had a breakout game came against Akron ... was in on eight tackles, including seven solo stops, to lead the team's linemen ...added one tackle for loss, one deflection and had two quarterback pressures ... had what Al Groh labeled the best game of his young career in the come-from-behind win over Wake Forest ...made a career-high 11 tackles, all solos, batted away one pass attempt and had a pressure as the defense allowed the Deacs to pass for just 146 yards ...was in on six tackles and was credited with two quarterback pressures the next week against Duke ...followed that with four stops vs. Clemson and eight in the win over North Carolina ...had seven tackles against both Penn State and N.C. State ... led the linemen with six stops vs. Maryland ... had seven tackles and recovered a fumble deep in his own territory against Virginia Tech ...made seven tackles, including one in the backfield, in the Continental Tire Bowl win over West Virginia ... lettered.
2001-- Redshirt season ... did not play.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered for three years, at three different schools ... played tight end and defensive tackle for head coach Bill McGregor at DeMatha as a senior...recorded 110 tackles, including 21 sacks, recovered five fumbles, and blocked one kick in 2000 ... his 21 sacks led the Tri-state region ... earned Associated Press All-State and Washington Post All-Metro honors on defense as a senior ... rated as the No. 14 player in the Washington, D.C. area and the states of Maryland, West Virginia, and Delaware by SuperPrep ... led DeMatha to an 11-1 record as a senior...the team was ranked as the No. 1 squad in the Washington, D.C. area ... selected to George Michael's "Golden 11" team ... MVP of the DeMatha football team ... team captain ... lettered his junior year at Episcopal High School for coach Mark Gowin ... registered 60 tackles in that season ... Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) first-team selection on defense in 1999 ... as a sophomore, he lettered at Gonzaga High School for coach Maurice Collins.
PERSONAL: Robert Brennan Schmidt ... born 5-17-83 in Washington, D.C. ... son of Patricia and Robert Schmidt ... has seven siblings--Mary (39), Laura (36), Christian (32), Angela (29), Will (27), J.D. (24), and Emily (19) ... J.D. played football at Boston College and Will played football at Louisiana-Lafayette ... father played football at Notre Dame and Southern California ... sociology major.
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