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James Brindley
James Brindley

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Grass Valley, Calif.

High School:
Nevada Union HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 189

Position:
Safety

Birthdate:
02/01/1988

Experience:
3L

• Academic All-WAC (2008)

• Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC (2008)

Quickly: Talented veteran safety... Enters senior season No. 2 on USU's career interception return yards list with 186 yards on six career interceptions, needing four to crack top-10 list.

2008 (Jr.): Started 10 games while playing in all 12... Snared three interceptions, which led USU and was tied for eighth in the WAC along with tied for 96th in NCAA... The 90 return yards was was second in the WAC and No. 10 on USU single-season list... Also made 75 tackles (44 solo, 31 assists), which was third for USU and tops for an Aggie defensive back, ranking 14th in the WAC statistics... Had season-high 10 tackles in a game twice, in season-opener at UNLV and vs. Fresno State, which was tied for fifth among USU's single-game bests... Also had 3.5 tackles for loss as well as two pass break-ups... Had interception in Idaho, Boise State and New Mexico State games.

2007 (So.): Played in all 12 games, starting 11... Third on team overall and led defensive backs with 84 tackles (45 solo, 39 assists) including 1.5 tackles for loss... Shared team lead of three interceptions, but led squad with 96 INT return yards, a total that ranked fourth in the WAC and No. 9 on USU single-season list... Had a 64-yard INT return at Utah to set up a TD... Registered double-digit tackle outings in five of last seven games of year with a season-best 15 stops in season-finale at Idaho as well as 14 against Boise State... Ranked tied for fourth in the WAC with two fumble recoveries.

2006 (Fr.): Saw time as a backup safety as well as on special teams... Finished the year with 22 tackles, including an assist on a tackle for loss... Broke up one pass, while forcing two fumbles and recovering one... Made five tackles against Utah and matched that with five at Boise State... Forced and recovered a fumble on the same play at Boise State... Also forced a fumble at San Jose State.

High School: Was a second-team all-state selection by Calhisports.com... Earned second-team all-Norcal honors as well... Was a first-team all-section and all-Sacramento honoree... Named the Metro Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player and tabbed as his team's MVP... Recorded 95 tackles with three interceptions, two sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior... Returned 18 punts for 330 yards and two touchdowns, while also returning eight kickoffs for 214 yards and another score... Offensively, he had 22 rushes for 160 yards and two touchdowns and 10 receptions for 189 yards and a score... Team was 12-1 and won its sectional championship... Was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior and earned honorable mention all-Sacramento and all-state underclassmen honors... Also competed in basketball and track.

Personal: Born Feb. 1, 1988 at Beale Air Force Base in California... Son of George Brindley... Has four siblings... Majoring in business finance with a minor in entrepreneurship... Hobbies include snowboarding and playing the guitar... From same hometown and high school as USU teammates OL Brennan McFadden and PK/P Chris Ulinski.

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