Maryland Football BIO
Jalen Brooks
Player Profile:
Jalen Brooks 1564740
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 232
Year: Senior
Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.
High School: North Gwinnett HS
Experience: 1 Letter
  • 3x Academic All-Big (2014, 2015, 2016)

As a Junior (2016): Appeared in all 13 games, making four starts ... Totaled 28 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and two pass breakups ... Had three tackles vs. Boston College (12/26) ... Notched four tackles vs. #6 Ohio State (11/12) ... Totaled three tackles in a start at #2 Michigan (11/5) ... Had two tackles at Indiana (10/29) ... Made first start of season vs. Michigan State (10/22), posting season-high five tackles ... Notched three tackles against Minnesota (10/15) ... Had one tackle at FIU (9/9) and one tackle at UCF (9/17) ... Posted four tackles against Howard (9/3), including his first career sack - an 11-yard loss.

As a Sophomore (2015): Appeared in all 12 games, making 11 starts ... ranked fifth on the team with 64 tackles, in addition to posting 1.0 tackle for loss, two interceptions and forcing a fumble ... had a then-career high nine tackles vs. Bowling Green (9/12) and nabbed first career interception ... posted four tackles against USF (9/19) ... set career-highs in tackles (10), solo tackles (9) and TFLs (1.0) at West Virginia (9/26) ... forced first career fumble and notched four tackles vs. Michigan (10/3) ... totaled nine tackles at #1 Ohio State (10/10) ... had a pair of tackles against Penn State (10/24) ... notched seven tackles at #10 Iowa (10/31) ... posted two tackles and an interception vs. Wisconsin (11/7) ... had five tackles at #14 Michigan State (11/14) ... totaled seven tackles against Indiana (11/21) ... notched four tackles in win at Rutgers (11/28).

As a Redshirt Freshman (2014): An All-Big Ten Academic selection … appeared in 12 games with four starts at outside linebacker ... finished the season with 21 tackles (12 solo) … had two tackles against James Madison (8/30) … made his first career start at Syracuse (9/20) and totaled four tackles … recorded three stops and 0.5 TFL and a pass breakup at Indiana (9/27) … notched a career-high seven tackles at Penn State (11/1).

As a Freshman (2013): Served a redshirt season ... named scout team special teams player of the week for his efforts in preparation for West Virginia (9/21) ... earned scout team defensive player of the week for his efforts in preparation for Wake Forest (10/19).

At Gwinnett High School: Rated a three-star recruit by, and … earned all-region honors while leading North Gwinnett to an 11-2 record in 2012 and the third round of the Georgia 6A playoffs … participated in the Georgia North/South All-Star Game and the Gwinnett County All-Star Game … also wrestled and ran track … as a wrestler, finished fourth in the state at 195 pounds as a junior and placed sixth at 220 pounds as a senior … also considered Harvard, Princeton and Yale … coached by Bob Sphire.

Personal: Born in Cleveland, Ohio … parents are Darryl and Leslie Brooks … has one sibling, Cory … father, Darryl, wrestled at Central State University in Ohio … was the scholar-athlete award winner for football at North Gwinnett … full name is Darryl Jalen Brooks … majoring in marketing ... also recruited by Harvard and Yale.

Career Highs
Tackles - 10 (at West Virginia, 9/26/15)
Solo Tackles - 9 (at West Virginia, 9/26/15)
Tackles for Loss - 1.5 (vs. Howard, 9/3/16)
Sacks - 1.0 (vs. Howard, 9/3/16)
Interceptions - 1 (2x, last vs. Wisconsin, 11/7/15)

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