Named All-Big 12 honorable mention (Coaches)... named first team All-Big 12 Academic... NCAA RANKINGS: tied for 16th in solo tackles (71)... tied for 73rd in tackles/game (8.2)... BIG 12 RANKINGS: fifth in solo tackles (71)... tied for eighth in total tackles (106)... 10th in tackles/game (8.2)... played in 13 games (13 starts) and led team with 106 total tackles and 38 assisted tackles... tied for team lead (Cody Davis) with 68 solo tackles... 106 total tackles are the most by a Red Raider since 2005 (Dwayne Slay, 114)... 68 solo tackles are the most by a Red Raider since 2005 (Dwayne Slay, 75)... 38 assisted tackles are the most by a Red Raider since 2006 (Brock Stratton, 51)... notched 5.0 tackles for a loss of 20 yards, posted one sack, tied for second on the team with three interceptions, broke up two passes and recovered one fumble... tallied five tackles (one solo) with 0.5 tackles for a loss of one yard against Northwestern at the TicketCity Bowl (1/1) in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas... had eight tackles (all solo) against Houston (11/27)... made four tackles (all solo) against Weber State (11/20)... notched 10 tackles (four solo) at No. 16 Oklahoma (11/13)... collected a team-high seven tackles (six solo) against No. 14 Missouri (11/6)... joined senior Baron Batch as a team captain against Tigers... recorded at least seven tackles in seven consecutive games... made nine tackles (all solo) with one fumble recovery and intercepted quarterback Ryan Tannehill with 14:27 left in the fourth quarter at Texas A&M (10/30)... led team with 11 tackles (six solo) at Colorado (10/23)... led team and matched a career-high with 14 tackles (13 solo), had one tackle for a loss and made first career interception against quarterback Brandon Weeden with 13:08 to play in the third quarter against Oklahoma State (10/16)... had nine tackles (seven solo) against Baylor at the Cotton Bowl (10/9)... posted eight tackles (four solo) with 1.5 tackles for a loss at Iowa State (10/2)... joined senior Lyle Leong as a team captain against Cyclones... led or tied for team lead in tackles in back-to-back weeks (at New Mexico/vs. Texas)... tied for team lead with seven tackles (all solo) against No. 4 Texas (9/18)... led team with nine tackles (three solo) against New Mexico (9/11)...posted five tackles (all solo) with one sack (loss of seven yards) in season opener against SMU (9/5)... joined senior Baron Batch as a team captain for season opener against Mustangs.
Assisted on six tackles and aided on a tackle for loss in the bowl win over Michigan State ... logged two solo tackles in the win over Baylor ... finished with a solo tackle in the win over Oklahoma ... had six tackles at Oklahoma State ... team leader in tackles with seven solo stops versus Texas A&M ... forced a fumble ... made six tackles, including four solo, and registered a quarterback hurry in Tech's win at Nebraska ... totaled three solo tackles and a pass breakup in the win over Kansas State ... posted a sack against New Mexico to go along with two solo tackles ... assisted on two tackles and logged another solo stop at Houston ... made three tackles for loss and recorded eight total tackles versus Texas ... led the team versus Rice with eight tackles and two pass break-ups ... recorded four tackles in the opener against North Dakota.
Finished fourth on the squad with 64 tackles including four for losses ... posted six stops against Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl ... had two solo stops against Baylor ... active night at Oklahoma with team-high 11 tackles ... had four tackles and a pass breakup against Oklahoma State ... solid outing at Kansas with 10 tackles ... had a tackle for loss on the game's first play, nearly picking off a KU screen pass ... had five solo stops against Nebraska ... made four tackles in win at Kansas State ... had a stop in the UMass win ... career-high 14 at Nevada, including 12 solo stops ... made key sack on UNR quarterback when Nevada had the ball at the Tech 4, forcing a field goal ... has two tackles for loss on the season ... had five solo tackles and a pass breakup in the opener against Eastern Washington.
Played in eight games and showed signs of promise during rookie campaign ... finished the season with 16 tackles, including a personal-best four stops in his debut against Northwestern State ... had redshirt tag removed for the NSU game to take advantage of his athletic ability ... had three stops each against Iowa State, Texas A&M and Missouri ... recovered a fumble against the Tigers ... posted two tackles at Baylor and had a tackle against Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
Permian High School in Odessa, Texas ... a versatile prospect who played both offense and defense for one of the premier high school programs in the state ... rated as a three-star player by Rivals.com...the No. 48 outside linebacker in the country according to ESPN.com ... named first-team All-District 3-5A at both the wide receiver and strong safety positions after his senior season ... placed second on the team with 45 catches for 824 yards and eight touchdowns as a wide receiver during his final campaign ... also racked up 73 tackles, including seven for loss, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries (returning one for a touchdown) on defense ... scored two touchdowns on offense and added an interception on defense in Permian's win over cross-town rival Midland Lee ... tallied 68 tackles and three interceptions as a junior in 2005 ... attended Texas Tech summer camp prior to his senior year ... chose Tech over SMU and TCU ... High School Coach: Darren Allman.
Bront Bird ... born March 17, 1989, in Odessa, Texas ... son of Karlen and Lee Royce Bird ... has an older brother, Luke ... grandfather played basketball at West Texas State ... father also played basketball collegiately ... career goals are to run a successful business and be a good Christian father ... majoring in energy commerce