Brooks Has a Happy Birthday

BYU-bound cornerback Brannon Brooks capped off his 18th birthday by celebrating with his future teammates after the Cougars' 38-8 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the Las Vegas Bowl. He hopes to commemorate his 19th birthday in a similar manner, only next year, he wants to be a part of the game rather than just a spectator in the stands.

"It was a great way to spend my birthday," said Brannon Brooks. "It was my first time in Vegas and the game was great. We [BYU] really played well."

Brooks attended the game with his father, and like many BYU fans, he expected a win, but blowing Oregon out in the manner the Cougars did was a very unexpected, but pleasant surprise. "I thought we'd win, but not by that much," said Brooks.

Brooks was among the droves of fans who rushed the field after the game. He spoke with several Cougar players during the post-game festivities. Brooks mentioned that he was very impressed with BYU's fan support and the atmosphere they created at the bowl game.

Brooks originally committed to BYU because he believed in what head coach Bronco Mendenhall was doing with the program.

"I looked at how good the guys were that they were bringing in, and I wanted to be part of that," said Brooks. "I love everything about BYU, the atmosphere, the coaches, the players, everything.

"I knew BYU was headed the right way, so them having such a great season wasn't really surprising to me. It's what I thought they'd have. It was clear when I was there on my visits that they were going in the right direction, and the bowl game and the season we just had confirms that."

Now that Brooks' football season has come to a close he decided to skip playing basketball to get ready for track and his first season of collegiate football. Brooks will compete in the 100 meters and the 4x100 relays this coming spring. He holds a personal best of 11.2 in the 100 meters.

Brooks will play cornerback for the Cougars and currently weighs in at 5-foot-9 ½ and 175 pounds. The focus for Brooks from now until the time he reports to fall camp in Provo will be the increase his strength and his speed.

"I want to be in the best shape I can to compete right away," said Brooks. "The bowl game showed that BYU has a dominating defense and I want to be a part of that."

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