The Class of 2017 was inducted at the new Strip View Pavilion at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Junior Kyle Saxelid is one of 81 FBS players nominated for the prestigious community service award.
Defensive lineman is 14th Rebel to earn honor.
Senior WR star is just fifth Rebel ever invited to prestigious all-star game in Mobile, Ala.
* BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY CANDIDATE *
* 2004 PRESEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA *
* 2004 PRESEASON MWC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR *
* 2003 FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA *
* 2003 JIM THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALIST *
* TWO-TIME MWC CONSENSUS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR *
UNLV: A local product who is a leading candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to college football's top defensive back ... One of 13 semifinalists for the prestigious award a year ago ... The school's first First Team All-American since 1998 ... Will be first All-American to return to UNLV since Randall Cunningham in 1984 ... Named 2004 preseason First Team All-America by Athlon and College Football News and a second team selection by The Sporting News and College Sports Report ... Could become a three-time conference consensus MVP after being the preseason MWC defensive choice by College Football News and Lindy's ... Ranked the No. 2 strong safety in the nation by TSN, No. 6 safety by Lindy's and No. 7 by Phil Steele's ... Tabbed No. 2 MWC player regardless of position by CFN ... Named Best Athlete in MWC by Street & Smith's ... Ranked No. 1 NFL prospect in league and No. 43 overall in nation by Lindy's ... Heads into fall ranked second in MWC history with 186 interception return yards, trailing only former Rebel CB Kevin Thomas (327 in 1999-2001) ... Also tied for second in MWC history for career forced fumbles with seven, sitting behind only teammate Ryan Claridge (nine), and third in fumble recoveries with six ... Goes into senior year with 8.5 career sacks and three defensive touchdowns ... Along with teammate Adam Seward, can join QB/P Randall Cunningham as the only three-time first team all-league honorees in school history ...
2003: Turned in a second consecutive dominating season at strong safety ... A unanimous choice for First Team All-MWC by both coaches and media ... Selected league's Defensive MVP for second straight year by media vote and College Football News ... Named to 36-player watch list for 2003 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to nation's top defensive player ... Ranked 19th best player in college football after 2003 season, regardless of position, by College Football News ... Voted UNLV's Team MVP and Defensive MVP by his teammates ... Finished tied for 11th in the nation with six interceptions, just one off the school and conference record for a season ... Tied for league lead with four forced fumbles and tied for third with four fumble recoveries ... Total of 77 tackles ranked third on team ... His 186 interception return yards ranked third in the nation ... Added three quarterback sacks ... Turned in a stunning performance at Wisconsin, recording 11 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, a fumble forced and a 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown, earning MWC and national FWAA Defensive Player of the Week honors ... Forced a fumble and picked another pass the following week against Hawaii ... Picked his sixth pass of the year against Colorado State ... Returned an interception 62 yards for a game-winning touchdown at New Mexico ... Ranked the No. 2 strong safety in nation by Phil Steele's, behind only senior Maurice Sikes of Miami ...
2002: Exploded on to the scene as a sophomore ... Started every game and led MWC with 17 tackles for loss (for -62 yards) ... Finished ninth in league with 8.3 tackles per game (100 total tackles) ... Led UNLV and tied for fifth in MWC with 5.5 quarterback sacks ... Finished tied for second in the league with three forced fumbles ... Led Rebels in pass breakups with six ... Named MWC Defensive Player of the Week after recording eight solo tackles and forcing two fumbles in win at BYU, including knocking ball loose on a QB sack and returning fumble 27 yards for game-icing touchdown ...
2001: Earned first Rebel letter after playing in all 11 games, including starting three ... Made first career start in victory at Wyoming in Game Eight ... Finished with 21 total tackles, including one for loss ... Added two pass breakups and blocked a kick vs. San Diego State ...
2000: Redshirted ...
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2000 graduate of Durango HS ... USA TODAY Nevada Player of the Year in 1999 under coach John Mausbach ... Starred 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 ...
PERSONAL: Jamaal M. Brimmer was born on June 29, 1982, in Las Vegas ... The son of Jimmy and Pamela Brimmer ... Older brother, Jimmy, played football at Southern Utah ... Also has an older sister, Jameta ... Majoring in communication studies.
ROBINSON SAYS: "Simply the best -- Jamaal Brimmer is an elite defensive player. He is one of the most instinctive players I have coached on any level and reminds me a lot of Ronnie Lott in terms of instincts and ability to attack. He will look forward to an excellent NFL career."
BRIMMER'S DEFENSIVE STATS YEAR UT AT TOT TFL SACKS PBU INT FF FR 2003 49 28 77 10-48 3.0-34 0 6 4 4-55 2002 54 46 100 17-62 5.5-39 5 0 3 2-27 2001 11 10 21 1-1 0.0-0 2 0 0 0 TOTAL 114 84 198 28-111 8.5-73 7 6 7 6-82