2010 (Senior): One of five permanent team captains, one of two on defense, played in all 12 games with 12 starts...Earned first-team all-conference honors from Phil Steele, and honorable-mention recognition from the MWC coaches and media...Led the team with a career-best 105 tackles (43 solo), including eight for loss and one sack; also forced two fumbles, recovered another, and broke up a pass...Despite playing all 48 quarters on defense, also contributed on both kickoff teams, coverage and return...In season-opening loss to Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, played his first contest since the '08 New Mexico Bowl and registered a game-high 10 tackles, his seventh career game in double figures; in two career games against the Buffs, totaled 21 tackles, including a game-high 11 in 2008; in second quarter of Buffs contest, shot through the line to drop RB Rodney Stewart for a 1-yard loss on third-and-3 from the Rams' 10, forcing a field goal...At Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), had 12 tackles, two for loss, including a first-quarter sack, his first since Oct. 6, 2007, when he combined on a sack against San Diego State as a redshirt freshman; in the fourth quarter, extinguished a fake FG attempt in the fourth quarter...In dramatic 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), made three important plays...First, combined with DeAngelo Wilkinson on a tackle for loss with the Vandals in a second-and-goal situation, before an eventual field goal; then at the end of the third quarter, combined with Broderick Sargent to drop Deonte Jackson for a 2-yard loss, helping to force an eventual punt with CSU trailing 27-24...Finally, on the Vandals' final drive, with CSU trailing 34-33, teamed with Mychal Sisson to throw Jackson for another 2-yard loss, leading to another punt just prior to the Rams' walk-off field goal...In loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), led the team with nine stops and broke up a first-quarter Andy Dalton pass; also dropped RB Matthew Tucker for no gain to begin the second quarter and combined with Ty Whittier to stop RB Ed Wesley for no gain late in the first half...In loss at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), had just four tackles but took out his assigned player with several noticeable pops; crushed TE Chaz Demerath over the middle on a third-quarter pass, launching the ball in the air and into the arms of Ivory Herd, an interception the Rams would convert into a touchdown...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), recovered a Deante Purvis fumble to snuff out the Rebels' first drive and set up a CSU touchdown, his first career recovery...At No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23), had 14 tackles, one short of his career high and his most since he had 15 at Wyoming, Nov. 22, 2008...In 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), had 1½ stops for loss; blew up a screen pass to Chris Hernandez for a 1-yard loss in the first quarter, then late in the third quarter combined with Alex Williams to drop QB Stump Godfrey for a 2-yard loss on a designed run...Forced two fumbles in heartbreaking loss at SDSU (Nov. 6), first stripping RB Walter Kazee to give CSU the ball back in the second quarter, then popped the ball loose from MWC-leading rusher Ronnie Hillman in the fourth quarter, setting up a TD that brought the Rams within one score...Earlier in Aztecs contest, halted Hillman for no gain on a third-and-1 late in the first half...In his final home game, vs. BYU (Nov. 13), posted 13 tackles to top 100 on the season and become the first CSU player since Eric Pauly (2002-03) with multiple 100-tackle seasons.
2009 (Junior): Did not play; was suspended prior to the season by the NCAA...Spent the season as a scout-team linebacker and did not miss a practice from August through the end of the year.
2008 (Sophomore): A sophomore All-American (CollegeFootballNews.com) and honorable-mention all-MWC choice, played and started 12 games for the Rams at his new position, weakside linebacker...Led the team and ranked fifth in the MWC with 8.7 tackles per game (104 total, 56 solo)...Also had 5½ tackles for loss, four QB hurries and one forced fumble...In season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), posted a game-high 11 tackles (coaches film credited him with 17), in addition to a fourth-quarter hurry that produced a third-down incompletion and forced a field-goal attempt...Also produced a game-high 11 tackles in CSU's first win, vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6), including a big third-down stick to halt a drive late in the first half...In dramatic win vs. Houston (Sept. 20), put his helmet on the ball to force a second-half fumble from RB Bryce Beall; teammate Mike Pagnotta recovered to halt Houston, who was moving the ball efficiently at the time...At Cal (Sept. 27), injured his ankle early in the contest but still played the entire game...Dressed but did not play the following week vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), as coaches chose to rest the ankle...Returned to his starting role vs. TCU (Oct. 11)...At No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), made a nice block to help Nick Oppenneer on a 55-yard interception return, setting up a second-quarter field goal that cut Utah's lead to 14-10...In 38-34 win at San Diego State (Oct. 25), made a pair of first-quarter tackles inside the Rams' 5-yard line, including a tackle for loss; later, combined with Mychal Sisson to hurry the Aztecs into a third-down incompletion...In tough, 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), combined with John Clark to stuff RB Harvey Unga on fourth-and-1 from the CSU 3-yard line in the second quarter, preserving a 14-7 Rams lead...At Air Force (Nov. 8), collected a game and career-high 15 tackles (six solo); shot through his gap on the game's first play to drop RB Asher Clark for a 2-yard loss, then on the next snap combined with Jake Galusha to throw Asher for a 7-yard loss...In second quarter of big win vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15), with CSU protecting a 3-0 lead, combined to stop Rodney Ferguson for no gain on third-and-1, forcing a punt...In win at Wyoming (Nov. 22) that made CSU bowl eligible, matched his career best with 15 stops (two solo); thwarted the Cowboys' first drive by combining to drop Wynel Seldon on third down, and later in the first half, stopped Seldon for no gain to force an eventual punt, then blasted him for a 1-yard loss, nearly forcing a fumble...Coaches love his non-stop motor, noting that if a player misses a tackle, the second guy there always seems to be Brewer...Moved in the spring by the new coaching staff from strongside to weakside linebacker...In first career bowl game, a New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), had 10 tackles and two stops for loss -- both game highs; his two tackles behind the line of scrimmage were a single-game career best...Dropped Chastin West for an 8-yard loss early in the second quarter, forcing an eventual punt; then, on the first play of the fourth quarter with CSU trailing 28-20, blasted Lonyae Miller for a 1-yard loss (the Rams would intercept Fresno State two plays later).
2007 (Freshman): Instrumental in the Rams' defense, finished third on the team with 64 tackles (31 solo), despite not playing in two games; also had three tackles for loss, ½ sack, one pass broken up and two forced fumbles...Two of his top three tackle totals came in CSU wins (the Rams were 3-9 on the year)...His 0.20 forced fumbles per game ranked sixth in the Mountain West...Started each of the final eight games, and played nearly every defensive series over the final nine contests, at strong-side linebacker...Since first coming off the bench in Game 4 to play an impact role on defense, averaged 7.1 stops per game, second the team over that span...Parlayed a strong spring into the Mountain West media's choice as the conference preseason Freshman of the Year...Battled for the starting role at SLB during fall camp but actually began the regular season third on the depth chart...Unfazed despite the preseason hype, amazed coaches by how he mentally handled the situation...Coaches had planned to play him vs. No. 10 Cal (Sept. 8), but a broken finger on his right hand sustained during pregame warmups forced doctors to surgically repair the bone and cast the hand in the CSU locker room; he still was available to play, but coaches opted to keep him sidelined...Instead, made his college debut, with a cast on his hand, in Game 3 at Houston (Sept. 22)...Then, at TCU (Sept. 29), saw extensive playing time from the game's first series, collecting his initial eight college tackles (four solo); also broke up a pass...Made his first career start, vs. San Diego State (Oct. 6); combined with Jeff Horinek to sack Kevin O'Connell on third-and-goal, forcing the Aztecs to settle for a third-quarter field goal...Led the team with nine tackles (four solo) in CSU's first win, at UNLV (Oct. 20)...At BYU (Nov. 3) contributed seven stops, including 1½ for loss...In home victory over Georgia Southern (Nov. 17), set a career high with 12 tackles (five solo) and forced an early fumble on his own 3-yard line; teammate Erik Sandie recovered, killing an ominous GSU drive, and the Rams drove 97 yards to take a 7-0 lead en route to a 28-3 halftime advantage...Finished a solid year with seven stops (three solo) in big win vs. Wyoming (Nov. 23); early in the second half, with CSU protecting a 17-14 lead, dropped the Cowboys for a 1-yard loss on a drive that ended in a missed field-goal attempt.
2006: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.
Personal: Given name Rick Matthew Brewer...Born Dec. 30, 1987, in Denver, Colo. ...Son of Rick and Denise Brewer...Has one brother and two sisters...His cousin, Jack Brewer, was a three-year starter at the University of Minnesota and played five years as a safety in the NFL, for Minnesota, Philadelphia, Arizona and the N.Y. Giants...Interacted with youngsters at Fort Collins' annual Youth Sports Fundraiser and Football Bash, the day before the Super Bowl at The Edge Sports Center in February before the '10 season...Also spoke to youth football teams among a host of community appearances during the 2009 season...Talking about leadership, addressed nearly 1,000 youngsters at Ram Jam, in April 2010 at Moby Arena...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Bacon Elementary in Fort Collins...An economics major...Hometown: Denver, Colo.