|Height: 6-2 | Weight: 216 | College: UNLV|
Positives: Strong, natural athlete with thick upper body development, long arms and good short area quickness. Capable wrap-up tackler who is very decisive in the zone. Rarely gives the tight ends any cushion, reading the plays extremely well using his hands to press and reroute. Covers in the flat with aggression, showing the recovery speed to flash to the inside. Compensates for a lack of blazing speed with his precision planting and by taking proper angles in pursuit. Can go vertical to jump and extend for the ball in traffic. Shows large, soft hands for the interception. Effective drag-down tackler who is very comfortable falling back inside to curl and hook. Great jumper, can make plays on the ball in the air. Hits hard and stays in control and at a proper pad level when making the initial hit. Takes on blocks with good form and is quick through the gaps. Shows good rip-and-swim moves to defeat blockers coming off the edge and displays above average precision shooting the gaps as a pass rusher. Uses his hands effectively to slip off blocks when working in traffic.
Negatives: Plays too shallow at times, negating his deep coverage skills. Seems more comfortable working the slot and zone rather than in man coverage (does not have the sudden burst to recover when receivers get past him on deep routes, but does a great job with his hand placement to jam and redirect). Great competitor who is very tough in run support, but needs to do a better job breaking down the plays in the backfield. Lacks top-end speed and is susceptible to a receiver's double moves. Too stiff in his hips to open in transition and lacks the change of direction agility to redirect. Looks sluggish (shuffles) coming out of his backpedal and takes too many false steps in transition. Better in zone coverage, as his lack of speed will be exposed in one-on-one situations.
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and College Football News, earning second-team honors from Athlon's. Semi-finalist for the Thorpe Trophy. All-Mountain West Conference first-team choice and named Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Named to watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (awarded to nation's top defensive player). Chosen team MVP and Defensive MVP. Started every game at strong safety, ranking third on the team with 77 tackles (49 solo), including three sacks for minus-34 yards and 8.5 stops for losses of 48 yards. Recovered five fumbles and caused three others. His five fumble recoveries were the most by a Rebel defender in a season since Mike Otto's seven in 1974. Led the team with 10 quarterback pressures (four resulted in interceptions). Led the conference with six interceptions and ranked third in the nation with 186 yards in returns (31 average) and a touchdown. Only Kevin Thomas (seven in 2001) had more interceptions in a season for the Rebels. Only Thomas (213 in 2001) gained more yards on interception returns in a season in school and MWC annals. Also deflected three passes.
2003 GAME Analysis
Toledo: Opened the season with 7 tackles (4 solo) and a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage, including one that stopped tailback Astin Martin for a 2-yard loss (Toledo had to settle for a field goal attempt, that was blocked in the second quarter). Pressured QB Bruce Gradkowski, who was sacked by the Rebels' John Andrews, causing a fumble that was recovered by UNLV's Leon Moore, who returned the ball 25 yards for a touchdown.
Kansas: Followed with an 8-tackle (7 solo) performance.
Wisconsin: Earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Football Writers Association, adding MWC Player of the Week accolades, as he totaled 11 tackles (8 solo), sacked QB Jim Sorgi twice for minus-18 yards (both sacks killed scoring drives on third down plays), returned a fumble recovery (caused when UNLV's Leon Moore tackled Badger tailback Brad Smith) 55 yards for a touchdown, set up an 8-yard scoring strike from Kurt Nantkes to Earvin Johnson with a 29-yard interception return and also set up Nantkes' 6-yard touchdown pass to Johnson with another interception for a 36-yard return in a 23-5 upset victory.
Hawaii: Picked off a Timmy Chang pass for a 20-yard return, tackled Michael Brewster in the second quarter, causing a fumble on the play (recovered by UNLV's Rushard Dodd-Masters to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by the Rebels' Dyante Perkins) and pressured Chang out of the pocket, where he was sacked by Brian Nicholson for a 13-yard loss.
Air Force: In on 6 tackles (4 solo).
Utah: Posted 7 tackles (6 solo), including a bone-jarring second-quarter hit on receiver Paris Lennon (Utah was called for an illegal block on Brimmer). Sacked QB Alex Smith for a 16-yard loss, causing a fumble that was recovered by UNLV's Ryan Claridge, which set up a 25-yard field goal by Dillon Pieffer.
Brigham Young: Made a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage, had 4 tackles and a 14-yard interception return.
New Mexico: Again named National Player of the Week (The NFL Draft Report) as he sealed a 37-35 decision by returning an interception 62 yards for a touchdown with 6:12 remaining (one of six turnovers by New Mexico), adding 6 tackles (4 solo), including a touchdown-saving stop of Adrian Boyd after a 21-yard reception at the UNLV 10-yard line in the second quarter (Lobos were penalized for a personal foul on the play, pushing them back out of field goal range, where they were forced to punt). Also recovered a fumble by UNM's DonTrell Moore at the Lobos 40-yard line in the third quarter.
San Diego State: Recovered a fumble in the second quarter that was caused when UNLV free safety Joe Miklos stripped the ball from Wes Williams after a reception at the Rebels' 3-yard line just prior to halftime. Also tackled tailback Michael Franklin behind the line of scrimmage at the end of the third quarter. On the opening series of the fourth quarter, he brought down Lynel Hamilton for a 1-yard loss on a second down play and on the next play, stopped Jason Van for no gain, forcing the Aztecs to punt. Finished with 10 tackles.
Colorado State: Stepped in front of a Bradlee Van Pelt pass, returning the ball 25 yards, as he also deflected a pair of passes and registered 8 tackles.
Wyoming: Closed out the season with a 5-tackle performance.
All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection and named MWC Defensive Player of the Year. Started at strong safety, recording 100 tackles (54 solo) with 5.5 sacks for minus-39 yards, 17 stops for losses of 62 yards and nine quarterback pressures (three resulted in interceptions). Deflected six passes. Recovered two fumbles and caused three more.
2002 GAME ANALYSIS
Wisconsin: On the season's first series, he assisted in sacking QB Brook Bollinger for a 3-yard loss and delivered 6 tackles.
Kansas: Had a pair of third down sacks of QB Bill Whittemore (minus-16 yards), including a 13-yarder that caused a fumble (set up an 8-yard touchdown run by UNLV's Joe Haro) and posted 5 hits (3 solo).
Oregon State: Registered 6 tackles and an 8-yard sack.
Toledo: Followed with a 6-tackle (4 solo) performance.
Nevada: Added 7 tackles (4 solo) and tipped a pass that was intercepted by UNLV's Ahmad Briggs.
New Mexico: Collected a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage and 10 tackles (5 solo).
Brigham Young: Earned MWC Player of the Week honors, as he delivered 9 tackles (8 solo), sacked QB Brett Egemann twice for minus-9 yards, causing fumbles on both sacks, including one that he recovered, advancing the ball 27 yards for a touchdown.
Wyoming: Had 7 tackles (4 solo) and 2 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Utah: Credited with a season-high 15 tackles (7 solo) with 2 stops for losses of 6 yards and a pass deflection.
Air Force: Was in on 11 tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss.
Colorado State: Stopped tailback Cecil Sapp for a 1-yard loss on a fourth down play, batted away a pass and made 9 tackles.
Appeared in 11 games as a reserve free safety, recording 21 tackles (11 solo) with a stop for a 1-yard loss. Deflected two passes and had two quarterback pressures. Also blocked a kick.
2001 GAME ANALYSIS
Arkansas: His first career tackle was a solo effort.
Northwestern: Stopped tailback Damien Anderson behind the line of scrimmage and was in on 6 tackles (4 solo).
Brigham Young and Air Force: Had an assisted tackle in each game.
Nebraska: Came up with 3 hits (2 solo).
San Diego State: Blocked a Bob Simnjanowski punt, recovering the ball for a 6-yard return and collected a pair of tackles.
Wyoming: In his first career start, had a pair of pass deflections, 2 pressures and 7 tackles (3 solo).
Redshirted as a freshman.
2004: Sat out the season finale vs. San Diego State with a rib contusion.
Communication Studies major. Older brother, Jimmy, played football at Southern Utah. Also has an older sister, Jameta. Son of Jimmy and Pamela Brimmer Born Jamaal M. Brimmer on 6/29/82 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
4.68 in the 40-yard dash 405-pound bench press 35.5-inch vertical jump 10'4" broad jump 25/48 Wonderlic score.
Attended Durango High in Las Vegas, playing football for coach John Mausbach. USA Today Nevada Player of the Year in 1999, starring as a quarterback for the Trailblazers, passing for 1,714 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushing for 593 yards and 16 scores. Also totaled 58 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions as a safety. Scored four defensive touchdowns with three on interceptions and one on a fumble. Also a first- team All-Conference kicker in 1998. Twice lettered as a starting guard for the basketball team.