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Brian Cushing
Brian Cushing
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Brian Cushing

LB

Date of birth
Jan 24, 1987
College
USC
Height
6-3
Weight
249 Lbs

Bio

Brian Cushing is a linebacker for the Houston Texans. He played college football at the University of Southern Carolina and was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

EARLY YEARS

Cushing was born on January 24, 1987 in Park Ridge, New Jersey. As a member of the Bergen Catholic High School football team in Oradell, New Jersey, Cushing played linebacker, tight end and running back on the way to the 2004 Group IV State Championship.

Cushing had offers from Penn State, Georgia, and Notre Dame before he decided to commit to the University of Southern California.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Cushing had his best collegiate season as a sophomore in 2006. He had a 57 tackles and set career-high in tackles for loss (13.5) and sacks (4.5).

He was named a second-team All-American as a senior in 2008 after recording 73 tackles with 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and an interception.

Cushing was one of 12 USC Trojans to be invited to the 2009 NFL Combine and was one of four USC linebackers drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft. Kaluka Maiava, Clay Matthews, and Rey Maualuga were also drafted.

HOUSTON TEXANS

Cushing was drafted with the 15th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Texans.

He finished tied with Ray Lewis for the most tackles in the AFC (133). With four sacks, 10 pass deflections, four interceptions and two forced fumbles, Cushing was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and a starter during the 2010 Pro Bowl.

After missing four games in 2010 due to a suspension, Cushing returned for a full season in 2011 and had 125 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions. He was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.

In the past two seasons, Cushing has been limited to just 12 games. He played five games in 2012 before tearing his ACL and played in seven games in 2013 until he broke his fibula and tore his fibular collateral ligament against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Statistics

Stats SOLO AST TOTAL SK QB HIT TFL INT YDS LONG TD FF FRC TD SAF
2013 Regular Season 41 7 48 1.5 3 7 1 18 18 1 1 0 0 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result SOLO AST TOTAL SK QB HIT TFL INT FF FRC TD
12-28-2014 @ Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 23-17 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12-21-2014 @ Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 25-13 1 1 2 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0
12-14-2014 @ Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 17-10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12-7-2014 @ Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 13-27 2 2 4 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0
11-30-2014 @ Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 45-21 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

News

Brian Cushing: (Knee) Questionable to Play Sunday

by Football News

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans due to a knee injury, according to the team's official web site... Read more

Texans LB Cushing Out For The Year

Texans LB Cushing Out For The Year

by Allen Kim

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing is going to miss the rest of the 2013 NFL season with a torn left LCL and fractured fibula... Read more

Texans Sign Brian Cushing To A 6-Year Extension

Texans Sign Brian Cushing To A 6-Year Extension

by Allen Kim

The Houston Texans and ILB Brian Cushing have agreed to a six-year extension, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Details of the contract have not yet been made available... Read more