- 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 247Sports.com, ESPN.com and Rivals.com … 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 … accepted to to Harvard and Yale, before choosing Maryland ... graduated in May 2017 with degree in finance ... avid traveler ... visited teammate, Wade Lees, in Australia in summer of 2017 ... involved in startup company called “Curu,” which seeks to aide personal credit scores.
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)