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NC A&T Football BIO
9 Brandon Hover


Breakdown: Became a full-time starter in 2011 as an outside linebacker...He is a part of a Tallahassee, Fla., foursome recruited to A&T four years ago...Three of those players are still with the Aggies...Uses his speed and football smarts to compensate for the fact he does not have the size of prototypical linebacker...He is a versatile player who can play either the linebacker of safety positions...Had a breakout junior season where he made plays, forced turnovers and helped the Aggies rush defense...Combines speed and power to be effective...Benches 360 pounds and can bench press 225 pounds 19 times...Also squats 545 pounds and can the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds...For his career, he has made 119 tackles with 10 tackles made behind the line of scrimmage.

2011 Season: Played in 11 games with 11 starts...Finished the season with 74 tackles with 45 of those tackles being solo...Ranked third on the team in tackles...His 7.5 tackles for loss ranked him fourth on the team...Led the team in forced fumbles with three...Was tied for third in the MEAC in the same statistical category...Was tied for 18th in the conference in tackles per game (3.5)...Had a career game at Morgan State on Oct. 1 when he made a career-high 10 tackles in a 24-3 A&T win...He also made a tackle for a 3-yard loss and he returned an interception 31 yards to give the Aggies a 1st-and-goal at the MSU 4-yard line...The following week, he made seven tackles in a 22-3 win over Bethune-Cookman...Made one sack in the game and forced and recovered a fumble...Made nine tackles and forced a fumble at Norfolk State on Oct. 29...Recorded eight tackles, including seven solo stops at Florida A&M on Nov. 5.  

2010 Season:  Played in 11 games with four starts...Made 35 tackles with 12 solo tackles...Had a career game against Norfolk State on Sept. 11...Made eight tackles in the game with one tackle for loss...His day also included a 9-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown...The week before he recorded seven tackles against Winston-Salem State...Six of his tackles in the game held the Rams to 1-yard rushing or less...Made five tackles against Howard on Oct. 23 including a tackle on special teams that resulted in a 1-yard loss on a kickoff.

2009 Season: Was a key figure on the Aggies special teams...Played in nine games and made one start...Made 10 tackles with one tackle coming behind the line of scrimmage...Made the first start of his career on Nov. 7 at Florida A&M...Made three solo tackles, which included the first sack of his career.

High School: Made third-team all-state in 2008...Also made the 2008 All-Big Bend team...Over his career, Hoover recorded 225 tackles with nine of those stops coming behind the line of scrimmage...Signed with the Aggies on Feb. 26, 2009


Position: Line Backer / Defensive Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
Hometown: Tallahassee, Fla.
High School: Godby
Major: Criminal Justice
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