Kansas vs. Football; photos by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
BEDNARIK AWARD CANDIDATE
BUTKUS AWARD CANDIDATE
BRONCO NAGURSKI AWARD CANDIDATE
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD CANDIDATE
Two-time All-Big 12 linebacker, fifth-year senior... Starting middle linebacker and quarterback of defense... Projected 2014 preseason All-America by Sporting News (second team)... Veteran with 35 career games played and 19 career starts (second-most on squad) entering 2014 season... 208 career tackles... Big 12 tackles leader in 2012 (9.5 per game)... Sat out 2014 spring drills nursing an abdominal core injury... Clocked at 4.49 in 40-yard dash, has squatted 610 pounds... Father, Britt, is former Texas All-American and Philadelphia Eagles LB.
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 career-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 career-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... Majoring in health, human performance and recreation studies.