CAREER: Fifth-year senior who is one of two team captains for the 2005 season (along with quarterback Brady Quinn) as voted on by his teammates ... also a member of the team's ten-man Leadership Committee for 2005 ... legitimate candidate for honors both on the field and in the classroom ... could be ready to push for national honors at linebacker this season ... a two-time Academic All-District honoree (2002-03) ... an explosive linebacker in the mold of former Irish stars Anthony Denman and Courtney Watson ... always in the middle of the action ... has a nose for the football ... has diverse interests off the field including commercial real estate, writing and reciting poetry ... active in several community service projects including Notre Dame's "Tackle The Arts".
2005 (SENIOR): Leads the Irish in tackles ... has started all 11 games at weakside linebacker, running his career total of starts to 26 games ... has 82 total tackles (47 solos), including 15.5 for losses (41 yards), six sacks (23 yards) and two quarterback hurries ... also has broken up three passes and forced two fumbles ... credited with seven tackles (four solos) versus Stanford, two for losses (six yards) on a pair of quarterback sacks ... made five tackles (three solos) with 2.5 for losses (five yards) and a quarterback hurry in the win over Syracuse ... made nine tackles (two solos) in the win over Navy ... had five tackles (three solos) and broke up a pass against Tennessee ... credited with seven tackles (one solo) and assisted on a tackle for loss versus BYU ... made seven tackles (two solos) against USC ... credited with five tackles (all solos), one forced fumble and a broken up pass in the 49-28 win at Purdue ... his forced fumble came on a crucial Purdue rushing play at the Irish goal line late in the first period, leading to a Mike Richardson recovery that set up a 98-yard Notre Dame touchdown drive for a 14-0 lead ... made eight tackles (six solos), including three for losses (seven yards) and a sack for two yards against Washington ... led the team against Michigan State with eight tackles (three solos), including 2.5 for losses (six yards) and a quarterback hurry ... led the Irish with 12 tackles (10 solos) against Michigan, including one sack and a pass broken up ... made nine tackles (six solos), including 4.5 for losses and three sacks in the win at Pittsburgh ... also forced a fumble against the Panthers ... has logged 266:46 of playing time with 21 special teams appearances.
2004 (SENIOR): Played in all 12 games (four starts) at inside linebacker ... second on the team with 74 tackles (38 solos) ... tied for second on the team with a career-high eight tackles-for-loss, including three sacks ... the team's co-leader with three forced fumbles ... had six tackles, forced two fumbles, made two tackles-for-loss and had a sack versus BYU ... made nine tackles against Michigan including one tackle-for-loss (three yards) ... collected four solo tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, against Michigan State ... had six tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass versus Washington ... made three tackles versus Purdue ... registered a career-high 16 tackles (five solos) against Navy ... collected a sack versus the Midshipmen ... made four tackles (two for losses) and a sack versus Boston College ... registered 11 tackles against Tennessee, including one sack ... made six tackles versus Pittsburgh ... had five tackles against USC ... made three tackles (two solos) against Oregon State in the Insight Bowl ... played 199:15.
2003 (JUNIOR): Appeared in all 12 games and started eight at inside linebacker in place of Mike Goolsby, who missed the season due to injury ... first-team selection to the Academic All-District V team ... finished second on the team with 74 tackles (48 solos), including 7.5 tackles for loss (17 yards) and two quarterback sacks (six yards) ... also recovered a fumble, forced a fumble and broke up two passes ... led the team with a career-best 11 tackles versus Washington State ... also had first two pass break-ups versus the Cougars ... posted 10 tackles versus Michigan (nine solos) and added a fumble recovery against the Wolverines ... did not start against Purdue due to the Irish opening in a nickel defense but had six tackles including two for loss ... had first sack of the season versus the Boilermakers ... recorded four tackles against Pittsburgh, including one for a loss of two yards ... registered five tackles (three solos) versus USC ... posted six tackles against Boston College, including one tackle for a loss of two yards ... helped hold BC running back Derrick Knight to a season-low 43 yards on 23 carries ... Knight came into the game as the nation's leading rusher, averaging better than 133 yards per game ... recorded seven tackles versus Florida State and seven more versus Navy ... did not start versus Brigham Young due to the Irish opening the game in a nickel defense ... registered two tackles against the Cougars, including one sack ... also did not start against Stanford due to nickel defense ... made six tackles versus the Cardinal and forced a fumble ... notched eight tackles against Syracuse ... played 206:52 on defense and made seven special teams appearances.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Reserve linebacker who started three games for the injured Courtney Watson ... named a second-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News (he did not play in 2001) ... second-team selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V Team ... played in all 13 games ... made 57 tackles (41 solos) including four for losses (11 yards), one quarterback sack (one yard) and recovered a fumble ... played and started in his first career game for Notre Dame versus Maryland, recording eight tackles and one sack ... also started versus Purdue, recording nine tackles ... played in a reserve role at middle linebacker versus Michigan and Michigan State ... recorded five tackles against Stanford ... had seven tackles off the bench against Air Force, including one for a loss ... helped hold Air Force (ranked No. 1 in rushing offense) to 104 yards rushing, its lowest rushing total of the season ... had three tackles and a fumble recovery versus Florida State ... helped hold Florida State to 93 yards rushing, its lowest total of the season ... tied for second on the team with nine tackles against Navy, including two tackles for loss ... was the team's leading tackler at the 2003 Gator Bowl against North Carolina State, making 10 stops (eight solos) while starting in place of Watson ... played 100:54 and made 110 special teams appearances.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie linebacker.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Sayreville (N.J.) War Memorial High School ... recorded 90 tackles (25 for losses) as senior linebacker in 2000 ... made 145 tackles and seven sacks as junior in 1999, helping his team go 8-3 ... also started at quarterback in 1999 and 2000, helping his team reach the 2000 state title game (Central Jersey Group 4 final) ... posted a combined 19-4 record as the starting QB ... made 16 tackles, threw for 102 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 43 yards and a score in his final prep game ... helped War Memorial rush for more than 2,500 yards as a team in 2000 ... chosen as defensive player of the year by Newark Star-Ledger for 2000 ... won the Wendy's High School Heisman Award for New Jersey ... rushed for 463 yards as junior quarterback ... moved from fullback to quarterback after his sophomore season ... a four-year starter in football ... became a starter midway through freshman season and helped team win Central Jersey Group 8 title ... from the same high school as 2004 Irish freshman Junior Jabbie ... moved with his family from Trinidad when he was three ... full name is Brandon D. Hoyte ... born Sept. 26, 1983 ... working toward his dual degree in business management from the Mendoza College of Business and psychology from the College of Arts and Letters.