Lance Briggs Bio

The Bears added depth at linebacker in third round by selecting <!--Default NodeId For Arizona is 550,2005--><A HREF=>Arizona</A>'s <!--Default NodeId For Lance Briggs is 306546,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:306546]>Lance Briggs</A>.

Powerfully built with good speed and fluid agility…Has above average balance and body control…Has a smooth change of direction, using his hands effectively to defeat blockers attacking his feet…shows good instincts when reading and reacting to the plays…Fluid in his pass drops, doing a nice job of picking up the slot receiver when working in the zone…Has the speed to quickly recover when beaten and is aggressive using his hands to redirect and jam the tight ends in the short area…Has natural hands for the interception or pass deflection…Effective tackler with the ability to break down, wrap and secure the ball carriers…Stays low in his pads to take on the fullback when plugging the rush lanes…Has the balance needed to roll of blocks and make plays down the line… Gets down hill quickly and shows the range to make plays in long pursuit…Fast enough to defeat the linemen coming off the edge on the blitz…Has the speed to run with most ball carriers and takes good angles to the ball…Former fullback who found a home on defense after shifting to middle linebacker as a sophomore…Special teams standout with exceptional lateral agility, he went on to lead the team in tackles in each of his three seasons with the defensive squad…Closed out his career with 308 tackles (205 solos), 10.5 sacks for minus 81 yards, 36 stops for losses of 144 yards, three interceptions, ten pass deflections, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 33 games on defense…Added 163 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries (6.5 avg) on 25 carries in ten games on offense as a freshman.

All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection…Named the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player…Started at middle linebacker (strong-side), leading the team for the third-straight year with 98 tackles (67 solos), including three sacks for minus 27 yards and eleven stops for losses of 44 yards…Intercepted a pass and deflected two others…Recovered two fumbles and caused two others.

All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice…Lined up at strong-side inside linebacker, leading the team with 93 tackles (59 solos) in eleven games…Collected 6.5 sacks for minus 48 yards and 14 stops for losses of 66 yards…Caused and recovered two fumbles…Also deflected a pass.

All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection in his first year as a middle linebacker…Led the team with a career-high 113 tackles (77 solos), including a 6-yard sack and eleven stops for losses of 34 yards…Had a quarterback pressure and caused a fumble…Deflected seven passes and intercepted two others for 23 yards in returns.

Appeared in ten games as a fullback, starting vs. Southern California and Oregon State… Carried 25 times for 163 yards (6.5 avg) and two touchdowns…Had a 12-yard catch and made 4 tackles (2 solos) on special teams.

4.65 in the 40-yard dash…420-pound bench press…33-inch vertical jump…31-inch arm length…9 1/2-inch hands.

Attended Elk Grove (Sacramento, Cal.) High…One of the bright stars in coach Ed Lombardi's 1998 program…Three-year letterman and versatile enough to play linebacker, running back and safety, as well as punt, place kick and return kicks…Sacramento Bee Player of the Year…Rated the 12th-best prospect in the Far West by Super Prep…Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100…First-team Best in the West selection by the Long Beach Press-Telegram…"Second-11 West Coast" by Las Vegas Sun…Had 100 tackles, including five sacks, as a senior…Rushed 26 times for 315 yards and six touchdowns as a fullback in Elk Grove's sectional championship victory…Had 1574 yards on 139 carries overall…Two-year track letterman in the 200m, 4x100 relay and shot put.

Sociology major…Son of Raymond and Brenda Briggs…Sister, Tranae, played volleyball at Sacramento State, South Florida and Florida State…Cousin of Tamika Dennis, was a volleyball letter-winner at Arizona in 1993-94 and 1996…Born Lance Marell Briggs on 11/12/80…Resides in Sacramento, California.

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