Inside LB Countdown: Hager’s Career Notes

Here is a look at the statistical milestones and career accolades of Baylor's Bryce Hager, the No. 11 linebacker in this year's draft, according to rankings provided to Packer Report by the NFL's head scout.

Bryce Hager started 32-of-48 games at Baylor, recording 322 tackles (202 solos) with seven sacks for minus-49 yards, 25.5 stops for losses of 91 yards and 25 quarterback pressures, adding five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, five pass deflections and a 36-yard interception return.

CAREER NOTES

NCAA Career-Record Results: Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, Hager ranks 23rd with 322 total tackles and 10th with 202 solo hits

School Career-Record Results: Hager’s 322 total tackles secured the 11th spot on the Baylor all-time chart, finishing sixth in school history with 202 solo tackles.

School Season-Record Results: Delivered 124 tackles in 2012, taking 11th place on the school season-record list…His 12 stops behind the line of scrimmage last season was the most by a Baylor player since Justin Crooks tallied 16 in 2004…Led the team in tackles as a sophomore and senior, becoming the ninth player in school annals to accomplish that feat more than once.

2014 SEASON

Was named All-American second-team by SportsOnEarth, the featured column in USA Today’s Sports Weekly magazine…A consensus All-Big Twelve Conference second-team choice, he was the first Bear named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List since Joe Pawelek received the distinction in 2009…Also a member of the Lombardi Award watch list…Started every game at middle linebacker, leading the team for the second time during his career with 114 tackles, as his 76 solo hits rank 11th on the school season-record list… Posted two sacks for minus 15 yards and twelve stops for losses of 39 yards while also recording eight quarterback pressures…Had his first (and only) career interception, good for a 36-yard return and broke up another pass attempt…Also caused and recovered a fumble…Produced at least ten tackles in five of his appearances.

2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Hager was in on eleven tackles that included two stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Northwestern State (La.), adding eight stops with 1.5 tackles-for-loss and two pressures vs. Texas…Made thirteen tackles with a 9-yard sack, causing a fumble on the play vs. Texas Christian and repeated the next week with another thirteen hits, including one for a 6-yard loss at West Virginia…Added eight tackles (6 solos) vs. Kansas and ten hits with a stop-for-loss and a 36-yard interception return vs. Oklahoma…Tallied nine tackles vs. Texas Tech and made twelve more hits (11 solos) that included a 6-yard sack among two stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Kansas State…Closed out his career by sacking quarterback Brett Hundley for a 4-yard loss, in addition to making another stop behind the line of scrimmage among nine tackles vs. UCLA in the Holiday Bowl.

2013 SEASON

The Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist started nine games at middle linebacker before missing the final nine games. He had suffered a groin injury vs. Kansas State, but still went on to play in four more contests before he was shut down…He did not undergo surgery to rewpair the injury until February, 2014…The consensus All-Big Twelve Conference second-team choice still finished second on the team with 71 tackles (46 solos), adding nine quarterback pressures, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery.

2013 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Made a game-high 12 stops and one pass deflection in a season-opening win over Wofford...Scored his career-first touchdown on 91-yard fumble return (second longest in BU history) in the win over Buffalo...Led the team with eight tackles in wins over Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia...Totaled a career-high 18 tackles (14 solos), including two for loss (one sack for five yards), in the win at Kansas State to earn Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of Week honors…Had seven tackles and two hurries in a win over Oklahoma and made six stops, before leaving with a groin injury vs. Texas Tech.

2012 SEASON

The first-team All-Big Twelve Conference selection by The NFL Draft Report, Scout.com and Fox Sports, Hager started ten of the thirteen games he appeared in at middle line-backer, leading the team with a career-high 124 tackles (72 solos), as that figure ranks 11th on the school season-record list…Made four sacks for minus 29 yards and eleven stops for losses of 44 yards, ranking second on the squad in each category…Credited with eight quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles and a pass deflection.

2011 SEASON

Hager earned his first letter playing on special teams, as the reserve middle linebacker delivered thirteen tackles (8 solos) and caused a fumble (vs. Washington in the Alamo Bowl) while appearing in all thirteen games.

2010 SEASON

Hager sat out his first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, as he was named to the Big Twelve Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2010.

INJURY REPORT

2014 Season: Underwent surgery in February to repair abductor and abdomen tears, missing spring drills.

2013 Season: Missed the final four games of the season due to a groin injury. He was first hurt in Week Five vs. Kansas State and re-injured four contests later vs. Texas Tech.

2011 Season: Limited in spring and fall camps by a groin injury.

AGILITY TESTS

Height: 6-foot 3/4. Weight: 234.

4.60 in the 40-yard dash…1.60 10-yard dash…2.69 20-yard dash…4.36 20-yard shuttle… 7.15 three-cone drill…35-inch vertical jump…9’-09” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times…610-pound squat…31 3/8-inch arm length…9-inch hands…74 3/8-inch wingspan.


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