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Bryce Hager 44

Bryce  Hager


Austin, Texas

High School:
Westlake HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 235




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All-American linebacker and three-time All-Big 12 honoree, made 322 career tackles, 24 for loss and 26 QB hurries... Played in 2015 East-West Shrine Game... 2015 NFL Scouting Combine invitee... Member of winningest class in school history, in five seasons with program part of school-record five straight bowl teams, two conference championships (2013 & 2014 Big 12 titles), two bowl wins in four seasons of play following redshirt year -- incredible 26-1 home record (40-12 overall)... Started 32 of 48 career games as three-year starting linebacker and quarterback of DC Phil Bennett's defense... Named All-America as senior and All-Big 12 in 2012, 2013 and 2014... Finished career with 202 solo tackles, ranked sixth on school's all-time list... Led Big 12 in tackles (9.5 per game) in 2012, team-leader with 114 in 2014... Clocked at 4.49 in 40-yard dash, has squatted 610 pounds... Father, Britt, is former Texas All-American and Philadelphia Eagles LB... Graduated in December 2014 with Bachelor's degree in health, human performance and recreation studies.

2014 (Senior): Starting MLB in all 13 games, named second team All-America by SportsOnEarth... Totaled team-high 114 tackles (76 solo, 12 for loss of 39 yards), eight hurries, two sacks (-15 yards), two forced fumbles, one interception and one PBU... Consensus All-Big 12 honoree, selected second team by AP, coaches, ESPN, Athlon, Phil Steele and Waco Tribune-Herald... 5.8 unassisted tackles per game ranked fourth in Big 12 and 23rd nationally... Ranked fourth in Big 12 in total tackles per game with 8.8... 12.0 tackles for loss ranked tied for ninth in league... Named second team All-Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Forced fumble and had three stops in season-opening blowout of SMU... Made 11 tackles (six solo and 1.5 for loss) in win over Northwestern State in second game... Had breakup and five stops in win at Buffalo in third game... Totaled eight tackles, 1.5 for loss, and two QB hurries in win at Texas in fifth game... Led team with season-high 13 tackles (nine solo, 1.5 for loss), sack, forced fumble and hurry in epic 61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game... Matched season-high of 13 stops (eight solo, 1.0 for loss) at West Virginia in seventh game... Made 10 tackles (1.0 for loss) and returned second-quarter interception 36 yards to 1-yard-line to set up go-ahead TD in win at No. 16 Oklahoma (school's first-ever win in Norman) in ninth game... Two hurries and seven tackles in win over OSU in 10th game... Had nine tackles, one for loss, in win vs. Texas Tech in 11th game... Made 12 tackles, including season-high 11 solo, two for loss, one sack in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year's Six bowl... Totaled season-high-tying 13 tackles (1.0 for loss) and two QB hurries in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State... Sat out 2014 spring drills while nursing abdominal core injury.

2013 (Junior): Started nine games before suffering season-ending injury... Selected All-Big 12 and 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist... Totaled 71 tackles (46 solo, 2.5 for loss), one sack, 10 hurries, three breakups, one fumble recovery and one return TD on season... 7.9 tackles per game ranked second on squad... Led squad with 10 QB hurries... Named second-team All-Big 12 by AP, Phil Steele, Dallas Morning News, Big 12 Broadcasters, San Antonio Express-News, Waco Tribune-Herald and honorable mention by league coaches... Made multiple QB hurries in four of nine games... Missed season's final four games due to groin injury... Made game-high 12 stops and one PBU in season-opening win over Wofford... Scored career-first TD on 91-yard fumble return (second longest in BU history) in win over Buffalo in second game... Led team with eight tackles in wins over ULM (third game) and West Virginia (fourth game)... Totaled career-high 18 tackles (14 solo), including two for loss (one sack for five yards), in win at Kansas State in fifth game... Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of Week Oct. 15 for performance vs. KSU... Had seven tackles and two hurries in win over No. 12 Oklahoma in eighth game... Made six stops, before leaving with groin injury, in win over Texas Tech in ninth game... Included on watch lists for Butkus, Bednarik, Nagurski and Rotary Lombardi Awards.

2012 (Sophomore): Starting middle linebacker in 10 of 13 games played as sophomore... All-Big 12 honoree in first season as starter, quarterback of defense... Big 12 tackles leader, averaged 9.5 per-game... Named All-Big 12 first team by Scout/FoxSports and second team by league's coaches, AP, Phil Steele and Waco Tribune-Herald... Ranked 11th in Big 12 with 0.31 sacks-per-game and 11th with 0.73 tackles-for-loss-per-game... Totaled 124 tackles (72 solo, 9.5 for 44 yards in losses), four sacks for -29 yards, eight QB hurries, two forced fumbles and one PBU... Second on squad in sacks (four), tackles for loss (9.5) and hurries (eight)... Started season's first six games, played as reserve vs. ISU, Kansas and No. 14 Oklahoma, returned to starting role for final four games... Began season on tear, totaled 54 tackles over first four games (13.5 average)... Totaled 14 tackles and forced fumble in first career start, season-opening win over SMU... Made 10 stops (eight solo and season-high three for losses) and one QB hurry in win over Sam Houston State in second game... Had 15 tackles (season-high 10 assisted), forced one fumble and made one hurry in win at ULM in third game... Made 15 stops in fourth game at No. 9 West Virginia, including eight solo... Had seven tackles and one sack (-8 yards) vs. TCU in fifth game... Had nine tackles and QB hurry in sixth game at Texas... Did not start and recorded no stats at Iowa State in seventh game... Did not start, but played as reserve and registered season-high 16 tackles, including 10-yard sack, at No. 14 Oklahoma in ninth game... Returned to starting lineup and recorded sixth double-digit tackle game vs. Kansas State in 10th game... Made 10 tackles (eight solo, two for loss), one sack (seven yards), two QB hurries and one PBU in upset of No. 1 Kansas State... Totaled eight stops in both 11th (Texas Tech) and 12th (No. 24 Oklahoma State) games... Made nine tackles (six solo, 1.5 for loss) and one sack (four yards) in Holiday Bowl win over No. 17 UCLA.

2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 13 games on special teams and as reserve linebacker... Earned first collegiate letter... Played snaps at linebacker in six of first seven games, primarly used on special teams in final six games... Totaled 13 tackles (eight solo) and one forced fumble on season... Made collegiate debut in season-opening win vs. No. 14 TCU, but did not record any stats... Recorded season-high three tackles in game two win vs. Stephen F. Austin... Added two stops against Rice and at No. 21 Texas A&M... Posted one tackle in each of final four games... Added forced fumble in Valero Alamo Bowl win over Washington.

2010 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2010.

High School: All-state linebacker/running back from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas... Played for head coach Darren Allman at Westlake... Named first-team AP Class 5A linebacker as senior in 2009 after leading WHS to 13-3 record, DI state runner-up finish and No. 3 final ranking... Named 2009 District 25-5A Defensive MVP... Totaled 158 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, eight sacks, one interception, four QB pressures and seven pass breakups as senior... Also credited with 13 rushing touchdowns in 2009... Totaled 59 tackles and two interceptions as junior in 2008 in first season as starter on 9-5 Westlake squad... Earned 2008 first-team All-District 25-5A honors at linebacker... Also had 250 rushing yards and 116 receiving yards as junior.

Personal: Son of Britt and Bridgette Hager... Full name is Bryce Gunnar Hager... Born May 4, 1992, in Austin, Texas... Father, Britt, is former Texas All-America and Philadelphia Eagle linebacker... Graduated in December 2014 with Bachelor's degree in health, human performance and recreation studies.


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