Brandon Kirksey
Brandon Kirksey


St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Hazelwood East

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 294

Defensive Tackle


Golden Gophers Honored at Season-Ending Banquet

Junior quarterback MarQueis Gray honored as team MVP.


Gophers Send Seniors Off With Contest vs. Illinois

Twenty-four seniors will be recognized on Senior Day Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.


Minnesota-Iowa Postgame Notes

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Started all 12 games at nose tackle • recorded 19 tackles (eight solo, 11 assisted) with one tackle-for-loss • recovered one fumble • named winner of Minnesota's Tony Dungy Character and Community Service Award • named the Gophers' defensive lineman of the year • earned fourth varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: Tallied two tackles in season opener at USC (9/3) • recorded two solo tackles in home opener vs. New Mexico State (9/10) • notched an assist in 29-23 home victory over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) • garnered two solo tackles, including one tackle-for-loss in loss to North Dakota State (9/24) • tallied one assist in Big Ten opener at Michigan (10/1) • started at nose tackle at Purdue (10/8) • recorded three tackles (one solo, two assists) vs. Nebraska (10/22) • assisted on a tackle and recovered his first career fumble in 22-21 victory over Iowa (10/29) • garnered three total tackles in 31-24 loss at Michigan State (11/5) • recorded an assisted tackle vs. Wisconsin (11/12) • notched three tackles (two solo, one assist) in loss at Northwestern (11/19) • started in 27-7 victory over Illinois (11/26).

Started 11 games at defensive tackle this year • made 28 tackles (15 solo) including 5.5 tackles for a loss in 2010 • also forced one fumble this season • earned third varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: recorded first-career start at defensive tackle against Middle Tennessee State (9/2) • notched five total tackles (three solo, two assists) against the Blue Raiders • tallied one solo stop behind the line of scrimmage against South Dakota (9/11) • made four total tackles (three solo, one assist) against USC (9/18) including two stops behind the line • made two total tackles against Northern Illinois (9/25) • forced a fumble against Northwestern (10/2) while also tallying two tackles (one solo) against the Wildcats • tallied one tackle against Wisconsin (10/9) • made one solo stop against Purdue (10/16) • made two solo stops - both behind the line of scrimmage -- against Penn State (10/23) • made three tackles (two solo) against Ohio State (10/30) • made three tackles against Illinois (11/13) • contributed four tackles (two solo) in Minnesota's win over Iowa (11/27).

Young defensive lineman become part of the regular defensive line rotation • made the play of the early part of the season when he forced a fumble that was returned 52 yards for the game-winning touchdown against Air Force in the first-ever game at TCF Bank Stadium • saw action in 11 games • recorded 16 tackles with three tackles-for-loss• earned second varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: Appeared in the season opening 23-20 overtime win at Syracuse (9/5), finishing with one solo tackle • finished with three tackles and a forced fumble in a 20-13 win over Air Force (9/12) • forced the fumble that was picked up and returned 52 yards by Nate Triplett for the game-winning score against the Falcons • recorded a season-high five tackles in the 35-21 loss to No. 8 Cal (9/19) • posted a team high two tackles for loss against Cal • appeared in the 31-28 loss to Wisconsin (10/3), but did not record any statistics • in the 35-20 win over Purdue (10/10), made his only tackle for a loss of four yards • in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State (10/17), tallied two tackles • appeared in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (10/24) and the 42-34 win over Michigan State (10/31), but did not record any statistics • in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State (11/14), finished with two tackles • appeared in the 12-0 loss to Iowa (11/21), but did not record any statistics • recorded two solo tackles in a 14-13 loss to Iowa State at the Insight Bowl (12/31).

Saw action as a reserve in 11 games • had eight total tackles on the season • earned first letter.

Game-by-Game: made his collegiate debut in the season opener vs. Northern Illinois (8/30), but did not record any statistics • made first career tackle vs. Montana State (9/13) on a 5-yard TFL • saw action as a reserve against Florida Atlantic (9/20) and Ohio State (9/27) but did not crack the stat sheet • came off the bench to register at solo tackle at Illinois (10/11) • credited with a 2-yard tackle for loss at Purdue (10/25) • saw action but did not have any statistics vs. Northwestern (11/1) • registered a pair of solo stops against Michigan (11/8) • played at Wisconsin (11/15) but did not register any statistics • collected a season-high three total tackles vs. Iowa (11/22) • played vs. Kansas (12/31).

Prepped at Hazelwood East High School, where he was the top player in the Suburban North League • helped lead the Spartans to an 8-2 record as a senior in 2007 • recorded 69 tackles, five sacks and two fumble recoveries • earned first team Class 5 all-state accolades • named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro first team and the St. Louis American all-area first team • Ranked second in the St. Louis Metro area in total tackles as a junior in 2006 with 93, including 50 solo stops, while helping lead Hazelwood East to an 8-3 mark • earned first team all-state honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association • also a first team All-Metro pick by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a first team All-Suburban North Conference honoree • coached by Corey Johnson.

Born June 22, 1989 • son of Felicia Kirksey • sociology major.


Ten Gophers Awarded by Big Ten Conference


Ten student-athletes from the Minnesota football program on defense and special teams were recognized by the Big Ten.

O'Brien Joins Coaching Staff


Tracy Claeys announced today the hiring of Dan O'Brien to fill an open coaching position on the defensive side of the ball.

Gophers Hold Annual Awards Banquet


The University of Minnesota football team and the Goal Line Club celebrated the 2015 regular season at the annual Golden Gopher Football Banquet on Sunday afternoon at the Hilton...

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