July 13, 2006
Charlottesville, Va. - The Cincinnati Bengals selected former UVa linebacker Ahmad Brooks in the third round of the 2006 NFL supplemental draft today. The Bengals used the 22nd pick in the third round on Brooks, meaning they will lose the corresponding pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
The top player in the nation coming out of high school, Brooks made an immediate impact upon his arrival in Charlottesville. He earned Freshman All-America honors in 2003 after leading the team in tackling with an average of 9.0 tackles per game. He made at least seven tackles in 12 of 13 games and had six double-digit performances while becoming the first freshman to lead UVa in tackling in 13 years.
"This presents a new opportunity for Ahmad and I hope he makes the most of it," said Virginia coach Al Groh. "All indications are that he has had a pretty good last couple of months which is a good start for him as a professional. We all wish Ahmad well. He certainly has the ability to have an outstanding NFL career."
Brooks was one of three finalists for the 2004 Butkus Award despite being just a sophomore and led the team in tackling for the second year in a row (7.5/g). Brooks also recorded eight sacks that season and became the first Cavalier linebacker since Ray Savage in 1989 to earn first-team All-American honors.
Following the 2004 season he underwent knee surgery and missed spring practice and training camp. He didn't return to practice until the season had already started and had to play his way into shape as he went along. Overall Brooks played in only six games while battling a variety of injuries. He finished last season with 27 tackles and averaged 4.5 tackles per game. After missing the first three games of the season, he returned to play against Maryland. He missed the following week's game against Boston College, but returned to play in the next five contests. He did not play in either of the Cavaliers' final two games, including the Music City Bowl against Minnesota.
Brooks finished his career with 13 sacks, fourth most by a UVa linebacker. He also ranks 27th in school history with 234 tackles.
He is the first Virginia player ever selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft.
'Hoos Exit With Heads Held HighWomen's Basketball3/19/18In its first trip to the NCAA tourney since 2010, 10th-seeded Virginia went 1-1 in Columbia, S.C., defeating seventh-seeded Cal and losing to second-seeded South Carolina.'Hoos Look To Take Next Step in NCAA TourneyWomen's Basketball3/18/18A win Sunday night over second-seeded South Carolina would send 10th-seeded Virginia to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000.End Comes Too Soon for No. 1 CavaliersMen's Basketball3/17/18In the NCAA tournament's first round, No. 1 seed Virginia lost 74-54 to No. 16 seed UMBC in a South Region game in Charlotte, N.C.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Kiser Named a Semifinalist for the 88th AAU James E....
Football | 3/14/2018
Former Virginia All-American football player Micah Kiser is one of 29 semifinalist for the...
Jeff White: Cunningham Flying High With Eagles
Football | 2/23/2018
Former UVA offensive lineman Ian-Yates Cunningham is Super Bowl champion Philadelphia's director ...
Promotional Dates Set for 2018 Football Schedule
Football | 2/19/2018
The promotional dates for the 2018 Virginia home football games were announced today.
Jeff White: Mendenhall Ready for Next Phase of Process
Football | 2/7/2018
Bronco Mendenhall is in his third year as UVA's head coach. The Cavaliers, who finished 2-10 in...
Signing Day Central: New Standard 2018
Football | 2/7/2018
Welcome to VirginiaSports.com's 2018 National Signing Day live page - your home for the latest...
Chandler, Shumate & Pototschnik Join Conditioning Staff
Football | 2/6/2018
Virginia's director of football development and performance Shawn Griswold has added three...
Spring Football Edition of Coach’s Corner with Bronco ...
Football | 03/19/2018
The Spring Football "Coach's Corner with Bronco Mendenhall" radio program is presented by...
Virginia Athletics Announces Football in February Promotion
Football | 02/01/2018
28 Days of Prizes include tickets, autographed memorabilia and official Nike gear. Virginia...
- Online Stores