A two-time All-Big 12 performer for Baylor, Bryce Hager enters his redshirt senior season looking to add to his post-season accolades. He totaled 71 tackles, averaging 7.9 tackles per game, before missing the last part of the season after nine games. He enters the 2014 season as a legitimate All-American candidate, as well as being included on the Bednarik, Butkus, Bronco Nagurski and Rotary Lombardi awards watch lists. Enters the 2014 season with a string of 19 starts and led the Big 12 in tackles in 2012 with 9.5 per game.
In 2009, Hager was an all-state running back and linebacker his senior year at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. He was named the District 25-5A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after totaling 158 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, eight sacks and one interception. Added 13 rushing touchdowns to his impressive high school resume.
Redshirted his freshman season in 2010, but played in all 13 games in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, primarily as a backup linebacker and on special teams. Totaled 13 tackles and one forced fumble. In 2012, he started at middle linebacker in 10 of the 13 games he played, earning All-Big 12 second-team honors and leading the league in tackles with 124, 9.5 of those for losses. In 2013, he started nine games before suffering a season-ending groin injury. Still managed 71 tackles and led the Bears with 10 quarterback hurries. Was named an honorable mention All-Big 12 performer by league coaches. Would be a Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist after the season.
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