Eric Brunner
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Eric Brunner

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Greendale, Wis.

High School:
Greendale

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 285

Position:
DL

Experience:
4L

01/03/2012

Brunner Named to FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team

The former Redbird defensive tackle was named to the team for the second-straight year.

11/30/2011

Brunner, Underwood Named To MVFC All-Academic Team

Brunner named to the first team for second-straight season.

11/19/2011

No. 14 Redbirds Fall in Double Overtime to No. 4 Northern Iowa

Redbirds await playoff fate, which will be determined Sunday morning.

11/10/2011

Brunner Selected To Capital One Academic All-District Team

The ISU senior defensive tackle was named to the team for the second-straight year.

10/23/2011

The Reggies Lights Up Redbird Arena

12th annual gala celebrates ISU academic achievements.

11/20/2011

WJBC Recap ISU vs Northern Iowa

WJBC Recap vs Northern Iowa

10/15/2011

ISU vs. South Dakota St. Recap

ISU vs. South Dakota St. Recap

08/16/2010

Redbird Xtra | Defensive Line

GoRedbirds.com features a positional breakdown of the defensive line during the 2010 Redbird football fall camp.

2011: All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team selection ... MVFC All-Academic First-Team Selection ... Capital One Academic All-District V Team member ... Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team selection ... started in final 33 consecutive games of his career at defensive tackle for the Redbirds ... leader of the Redbird defense that led the conference in total defense (294.8 ypg) ... set career-highs this season with 4.5 sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss, which is tied for fifth in the conference ... ranked third on the team with 55 tackles and has added a forced fumble, blocked a kick, recovered three fumbles, broke up two passes and tallied three quarterback hurries ... set a season-high with seven tackles, two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in a win over Morehead State ... tied a career-high with two sacks and had three tackles-for-loss in a win at Missouri State ... posted 1.5 tackles-for-loss in a win over Western Illinois.

2010: All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team selection ... MVFC All-Academic First Team honoree ... CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District V Team selection ... Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team member ... started all 11 games at defensive tackle and ranked fifth on the team with a career-high 53 tackles, including 23 solo stops ... led the team with four sacks and 9.5 tackles-for-loss, both career-highs ... also credited with two quarterback hurries and fumble recovery ... posted seven tackles in five different games ... tallied a career-high four solo tackles at Northwestern ... posted seven tackles, 2.5 TFLs and a sack in a win against Missouri State ... set a career-high with two sacks and 2.5 TFLs in a victory over No. 14 North Dakota State preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection ... W.F. Ruebush Endowed Scholarship recipient for the 2010-11 school year at ISU.

2009: All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second-Team selection ... second-team MVFC All-Academic Team pick ... voted the team's defensive MVP ... started in all 11 games at defensive tackle ... ranked fifth on the team with 47 tackles, including 23 solo stops ... also added 1.5 sacks, 7.0 TFLs and seven quarterback hurries ... credited with two pass breakups ... recorded a career-high nine tackles against Western Illinois ... also had a career-high 1.5 TFLs against the Leathernecks ... finished the season with seven tackles and five hurries in an upset win over No. 9 Northern Iowa.

2008: Played in all 11 games with eight starts, including earning his first-career start at defensive tackle in the season-opener against Marshall ... recorded 21 tackles with a career-high five tackles at Murray State and versus Eastern Illinois ... recorded two sacks on the season, including one in the final game of the year versus Southern Illinois.

2007: Redshirted ... was not available for practice after having "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow prior to the season.

Greendale HS: Rated as a one-star recruit by Scout.com ... only player in the state of Wisconsin to earn first-team all-state honors on both sides of the ball in 2005 and 2006 from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ... a MaxPreps First-Team All-America selection as an offensive lineman ... named the Wisconsin Player of the Year by the Associated Press ... 2006 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Defensive Player of the Year ... Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Lineman of the Year ... Woodland Conference Player of the Year ... Suburban Player of the Year ... two-time all-region, all-area, all-suburban and all-conference selection ... helped lead Greendale to a 22-4 record over his final two seasons ... played in the East Meets West All-America game in Celebration, Fla. ... coached by Rob Stoltz ... also lettered in baseball ... a four-year honor roll member.

Personal: Born September 15, 1988, in West Allis, Wis. ... son of Tony and Mary-Ellen Brunner ... one of two children ... his cousin, Brian Brunner, was a quarterback at Central Michigan ... his uncle, Dan Brunner, is the head football coach at Hartford Union (Wis.) High School ... major: accounting ... pronounced brew-NER.