1 - Brandian Ross
Career Notes: In 45 games played (33 starts), had 223 total tackles (135 solos and 88 assists)...had seven interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
2010 (Senior): Named second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference...started all 11 games at cornerback…credited with 60 total tackles, including 40 solos…led the team with three interceptions…had high of eight stops three times – at Penn State, UNI and Indiana State…posted seven solo stops at Western Illinois…recorded INTs against Indiana State, North Dakota State and Southern Illinois…MVFC Defensive Player of the Week vs. SIU…had at least five tackles in eight games…forced a fumble against the Sycamores…had 44 tackles and 29 solos in conference play...team captain...named the HBK Defensive Player of the Game vs. Butler...chosen as Haines Family Player of the Game (Radio) vs. Indiana State...earned his fourth letter.
2009 (Junior): Started all 11 games at cornerback after moving over from the safety spots...credited with 47 total tackles, including 33 solos...had two interceptions returning them for 24 yards...had one tackle for loss...forced and recovered a fumble...also had two pass breakups...had a season-high eight tackles, including seven solo stops, at Northeastern...finished with six stops at Pittsburgh and against South Dakota State...had five solos in each game...also had six tackles (three solos and three assists) at North Dakota State...credited with five tackles (three solos and two assists) at UNI...had five stops at Indiana State (one solo, four assists)...finished with three solo stops in win over Western Illinois...had three total tackles (two solos, one assist) against Austin Peay and Missouri State...had single solos against Southern Illinois and Illinois State...returned an interception 24 yards at Pittsburgh...other INT came against North Dakota State in season finale...played 675 snaps according to coaching staff...had a high of 72 versus Illinois...played more than 59 on nine occasions...a key member of special teams, played a team-best 158 snaps...played over 40 on kickoff coverage, punt coverage and field-goal block units...had also 30 on punt-return units...named the HBK Defensive Player of the Game against Pittsburgh... earned the W.O.W/Derek Pixley Hit of the Week at Northeastern...earned his third letter.
2008 (Sophomore): Honorable-Mention All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection...played in all 12 games, starting 11...started first two games at free safety...started final nine at strong safety...led team with 98 total tackles, including 49 solo stops...finished with 4.5 tackles for losses, three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and an interception...interception came in third quarter against North Dakota State...had a season-high 13 tackles in season-finale at Western Illinois...also had 10 stops against Liberty and Illinois State...high of six solos versus Liberty, WIU and North Dakota State...finished with nine stops against NDSU, Missouri State and Southern Illinois...broke up two passes against the Salukis...had eight tackles at Ohio State and UNI...had five solo collars versus the Panthers...recorded seven stops at Southern Utah...credited with seven tackles against Indiana State...had six stops, including a tackle for loss against the Sycamores...had five tackles at South Dakota State...finished with four stops versus Central State...led team with 15 special teams tackles - eight on kickoffs and seven on punts...had a team-high 65 tackles on rushing plays...had at least eight tackles in eight games...did not start against Central State...credited with 724 snaps played by the coaching staff...total was most on the defense...Hill Barth & King Defensive Player of the Game versus Indiana State...tabbed HBK Special Teams Player of the Game against NDSU...earned his second letter.
2007 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games as a reserve in the secondary and member of special teams units...had 18 total tackles, including 13 solo stops...had an interception and returned it 37 yards at Indiana State...season-high four tackles, including three solos against Stony Brook...had three stops at UNI...finished with two solo stops against Missouri State and Southern Illinois...had two total tackles against Lock Haven and Western Illinois...also had single stops against Ohio State, South Dakota State and Indiana State...one of six true freshmen to see playing time...played 147 snaps on special teams units...HBK Special Teams Player of the Game vs. Stony Brook and Indiana State...earned his first letter.
High School: First-team All-Central District selection as a defensive back...second-team All-Central District selection as a wide receiver...second-team all-metro pick as a defensive back...registered 63 tackles, six pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions...caught 40 passes for 475 yards and seven touchdowns...junior year, Monarchs were 10-2 losing in overtime in the state playoffs...were AAA Division 6 Central Region finalists...had 47 tackles and five interceptions...all-district first-team selection...coach was Bill Bowles...also played basketball and competed in track and field.
Personal: Parents are Vernon and Monica Cousins...has a sister...born Sept. 28, 1989...major is psychology.