May 2, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown head football coach Phil Estes has announced that linebacker Eric Brewer '08 (Vero Beach, FL), running back Dereck Knight '08 (Pawtucket, RI) and offensive lineman AJ Tracey '08 (Midwest City, OK) have been elected captains of the 2007 Brown University Football Team.
"Eric, Dereck and AJ were near-unanimous choices as captains of this year's team," said Estes. "All three are hard workers, good people, good citizens and great examples of what Brown football is all about. Our team elects captains, and if I had my choice, I would have selected the same three as our team leaders."
Brewer was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection in 2006 and Brown's second-leading tackler in 2006 with 82 total hits, including 39 solo hits, six tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack. He ranked eighth in the Ivy League in total tackles with 8.3 tackles per game. A two-year starter, Brewer helped the Bears defense allow just 112 second-half yards against URI, making nine solo tackles and two tackles for a loss. He was outstanding in Brown's win over Cornell with 10 total tackles and a quarterback sack, and had a team high 12 tackles against Princeton.
Knight, a 230-pound tailback, rushed for 213 yards on 49 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. He also caught six passes coming out of the backfield, for 54 yards. The Shea High graduate had a breakout game against Cornell, rushing for a game-high 96 yards on 11 carries, with a long run of 30 yards against the Big Red.
Tracey, a 6-2, 280-pound guard, started every game for the Bears until suffering a season-ending foot injury five games into the season. He was arguably the most dominant offensive lineman for the Bears and is an extremely strong run blocker. Tracey, who has recovered completely, has tremendous work ethic, is a leader both on the field and off, and epitomizes what it means to be an offensive lineman.