2011 Intro: Nick Broussard

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- In the 2009 season opener, Nick Broussard set the tone for his junior year by registering 17 tackles. He went on to be among the state leaders in tackles with 137 in 12 games.

"In your coaching career you might run across five players that just have a nose for the ball and he's one of those kinds of kids," Sanford head football coach Wayne Inman said. "He reads it well, he goes and finds the football, and he goes and gets it. He is as solid a tackler that I've seen in a long time and he covers the field well."

Included in Broussard's tackle total are 96 solo tackles and three sacks. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder also blocked a punt and made an interception last season.

Broussard was moved to middle linebacker in Sanford's 4-3 defense prior to last season. He started the previous season, his sophomore campaign, at strong-side linebacker.

"At ‘Sam' [strong-side] linebacker you're limiting him to one side of the football field," Inman said. "He covers the field so well that we feel like at ‘Mike' linebacker we can get the most out of him."

Broussard's work off the field has greatly contributed to his accomplishes on it.

"He's dedicated to the game [and] his work ethic is as solid as anybody's," Inman said. "He makes sure he stays a little extra in the weight room and on the practice field."

Broussard's season has attracted interest from East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and South Carolina. However, he's awaiting his first scholarship offer.

"Everybody's big concern is that he's about 6-1," Inman said. "… They really haven't evaluated him on film. Anyone that sees him play is going to offer him."

To help improve his recruiting stock, Broussard plans to camp at Duke, Georgia Tech, and UNC, this summer.

Broussard has attended a junior day at South Carolina and football games at East Carolina, UNC, and Georgia Tech.

"Georgia Tech and South Carolina are really nice and I really liked them," Broussard said. "But I'd rather stay in-state, if that's possible. So I really like Duke and UNC. "


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