Countdown to Kickoff - 60 days

To get ready for the 2011 football season, BlueRaiderZone is doing an in-depth look at Middle Tennessee's roster. One player per day, we're counting down the days until kickoff. Today's featured player is Sr. OL Brandon McLeroy.

Brandon McLeroy

Class: Sr.
Position: OL
Height: 6-3
Weight: 300 pounds
Previous School: Rhea County
Hometown: Spring City, TN

Honors: 2010 - Earned the most improved offensive lineman award and the most improved strength training award for offensive linemen ... 2008 - Named to the Daily News Journal All-Sun Belt Freshman Team.

2010: Played in 12 games and had 11 starts ... Fourth among linemen with 771 total snaps ... Earned 10 winning grades from the coaches and shared the team lead with 51 knockdowns, including a season-best 13 against Austin Peay ... Played all 41 snaps against Minnesota ... Turned in a season-high 90 snaps against APSU ... Missed the Memphis game with a neck injury ... Came back to start at Louisiana ... Was in on all 75 offensive snaps against Troy and was selected a game captain ... Did not start against North Texas due to an injury but played 48 snaps ... Played all 66 offensive snaps in win at WKU.

2009: Played in 13 games and had 12 starts ... Had 876 total snaps on the season with a single-game high of 92 against Maryland ... Earned 11 winning grades from the coaching staff to equal the most by any lineman ... Recorded 60 total knockdowns including a season-high 11 against FIU ... Graded out at 75 percent or better 12 times ... Played 73 total snaps at Clemson and 64 against Memphis ... Equaled the team-high with 92 snaps in win over Maryland ... Had 91 snaps at North Texas ... Was part of an offensive line that allowed the Blue Raiders to rush for 385 yards in win over FIU and 243 yards in New Orleans Bowl win over USM.

2008: Played in all 12 games and earned six starts ... Was in on 505 total snaps to rank fifth among linemen ... Earned 12 winning grades from the coaches ... Averaged 68 snaps over the last five games of the year, including a season-best 76 in win over WKU ... Saw three snaps on special teams against Troy ... Earned his first collegiate start at right guard in win over FAU and played a total of 47 snaps.

High School: A Mr. Football finalist in 2007 and a two-time Region 4-4A Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Named first team all-state by the Tennessee Football Coaches Association in 2007 and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association ... Also earned Chattanooga Times All-Area honors ... Recorded 56 pancake blocks and graded out at 92 percent as a senior ... Did not allow a sack in 2007 ... Lettered four years in football, three years in track, and one year each in wrestling and basketball ... Played for Coach Jason Fitzgerald.

Full Name: Thomas Brandon McLeroy ... Parents: Don and Sheila McLeroy ... Born: 5/7/90 ... Major: Criminal Justice Administration.

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