Brooks prepared for final home game

Senior safety capping career with strong final campaign

Robert Brooks came to Wisconsin three years ago and immediately was in on the action, receiving considerable playing time as a reserve defensive back and special teams player. He started twice his junior year, including in the Music City Bowl.

After winning a starting job back from sophomore Johnny White, Brooks has contributed 33 tackles this year and leads the Big Ten with three forced fumbles, including one on the most important play of Wisconsin's season thus far, when he combined with corner Scott Starks to jar the ball free from Kyle Orton. Starks scooped it up and went 40 yards for what proved the game-winning touchdown, keeping the Badgers undefeated.

While that play may be one of the best road game memories of his career, Brooks vividly remembers a comparable Camp Randall memory from last year's upset of Ohio State.

"It was a tough game but it was a great game," Brooks said. "At the end, I remember when Booker Stanley had that run and he broke out to the outside. It was weird because you know you always hear the saying ‘everything went in slow motion' but it really did and I wasn't anticipating it, I just saw Book come out and everything just slowed down and this smile just came over my face and it was just a really good game."

Besides his involvement on the field, Brooks has been able to participate in other aspects of college life. He is making the most out of his time as a student athlete and is currently the vice president of the UW student athlete advisory committee.

"I'm on there with some other great athletes and this year we're really excited because we really have a lot of participation from everybody around all the sports and administration," Brooks said.

The four years have come and are almost gone for Brooks, with just four games remaining. So what are his plans for after he is done being a Badger? He has not been thinking about those. He commented that the only thing on his mind right now is winning Saturday's game against Minnesota, continuing the 1-0 mindset that has helped Wisconsin open its season 8-0.

"I'm definitely happy with my choice in Wisconsin," Brooks said confidently. "It's a great school, a great football program, great coaches here. Regardless of the record, you know you always want to win, but I got so many more things out of it. I've really just become a man and an individual I guess, you know, being far from home it really allowed me to grow up and mature."

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