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T.J. Brunson
T.J.  Brunson


Columbia, S.C.

High School:
Richland Northeast

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 240


2 VL



South Carolina vs. Michigan (USATSI)

Football vs. Michigan in the Outback Bowl - January 1, 2018


South Carolina at #1 Georgia (USATSI)

Images from the Gamecocks hitting the road to face the top-ranked Bulldogs


South Carolina vs Arkansas (USATSI)

Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the South Carolina Football game against Arkansas.


Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Photos

USATSI Gallery - Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Photos


South Carolina vs. NC State (USATSI)

Gamecocks open the 2017 season against the Wolfpack in Charlotte.

2018 Rex Enright Co-Defensive Player of the Spring

2017 Strength & Conditioning Award

2017 Tenacity Award - Defense

2017 All-Bowl Team (AP)

Junior linebacker who figures to be a candidate for All-SEC accolades after a breakout sophomore season... named to Athlon Sports’ 2018 pre-season second-team All-SEC unit... can play both the MIKE and the WILL positions... local product who shows great instincts and has all the intangibles... is the leader of the defense... does it right both on and off the field... a blue-collar football player... owns 100 career tackles in his first two seasons.

2017: True sophomore linebacker who started all 13 games... ranked second on the team with 88 tackles... credited with 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a pair of quarterback hurries... tied for the SEC lead and tied for fourth nationally with three fumble recoveries... twice selected as a game captain (Missouri and Louisiana Tech)... posted a game- and career-high 16 tackles in the season-opening win over NC State... it was the most tackles by a Gamecock since Antonio Allen logged 16 stops against East Carolina on Sept. 3, 2011, a game that was also played in Charlotte, and the first of three games in double-figures in tackles... logged double-digits in tackles against Kentucky with a dozen... finished the Louisiana Tech win with eight tackles, including a tackle for loss... added seven stops against both Georgia and Tennessee... scored his first career touchdown in the win over Arkansas, recovering a Razorback fumble and racing 73 yards to paydirt... posted a game high 13 tackles with his first two career sacks in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan... earned a spot on the Associated Press's All-Bowl Team... presented with the Strength & Conditioning Award by the coaches and the Tenacity Award for the defense by the players following the season.

2016: True freshman who played in 11 games... used at linebacker and on special teams... logged a dozen tackles... made his collegiate debut in the win over Vanderbilt... made his first career tackle in the East Carolina win... was singled out by Coach Muschamp for making a key block on A.J. Turner's game-opening 80-yard kick return vs. ECU... made four tackles, all solo, and was credited with a quarterback hurry against Texas A&M... made two tackles against Georgia... tallied three tackles (two solo) in the UMass win... did not play against Missouri and Florida but returned against Western Carolina.

HIGH SCHOOL: Local product who played at Columbia's Richland Northeast High School, graduating in 2016... coached by Jay Frye... overcame a serious hip injury during his junior season to log 140 tackles as a senior, leading the Cavaliers to the Class 3A state playoffs... named the Defensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas after leading the Sandlappers with 13 tackles and a sack... credited with 134 tackles as a junior... Rivals considers him a three-star prospect, the 14th-best player in the state and No. 56 in the country among outside linebackers... 247Sports ranks him as a three-star prospect, the 13th-best player in the state, and the No. 30 inside linebacker in the nation... ESPN ranks him as a three-star prospect, the 22nd-best player in South Carolina and the No. 40 inside linebacker in the country... rated a three-star prospect and an All-Atlantic Region pick by PrepStar.

PERSONAL: Tremari Jerelle Brunson was born December 3, 1997... pursuing a degree in advertising.

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