34 - Brian Wagner
Brian Wagner
Height: 6-0
Weight: 235
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Springfield, Ohio
High School: Springfield Catholic Central HS
Position: LB

Named to the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List ... two career defensive touchdowns (fumble recovery and interception).

as a Sophomore (2010): Started all 12 games at linebacker, finishing with a team-high 130 tackles (65 solo, 65 assisted) … ranked 12th in the nation (fourth in the Mid-American Conference) with a 10.8 tackles/game average … finished the season with six pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown … did not have fewer than six tackles in a game … had a season-high 15 tackles (six solo, nine assisted) at Ohio (Oct. 16) … his 15 tackles against the Bobcats were one shy of his career high of 16 tackles (at Central Michigan, Sept. 26, 2009) … additional double-digit tackle tallies include 12 against Syracuse (Sept. 4), 13 against Northern Illinois (Oct. 2), 11 at Kent State (Oct. 9), 10 at Temple (Oct. 30), 14 against Miami (Ohio) (Nov. 17) and 14 against Buffalo (Nov. 26) … recovered a fumble and returned in 57 yards for his second-career touchdown (first fumble return for a touchdown) against Western Michigan (Oct. 23).

as a Redshirt Freshman (2009): A second team All-MAC performer as a redshirt freshman ... named to three separate freshman All-American teams ... started every game at linebacker ... led the squad with 132 tackles, including seven tackles for loss ... also intercepted two passes, forced two fumbles, and recovered two fumbles ... recorded double digit tackles in nine of the twelve games ... named the MAC player of the week after making nine tackles, forcing two fumbles, recording one sack, and returning an interception for a touchdown in the win over Morgan State (Sept. 12) ... made a season-high 16 tackles at Central Michigan (Sept. 26) ... tallied 15 stops against both Kent State (Nov. 7) and Bowling Green (Nov. 20) ... also recorded two tackles for loss against the Golden Flashes ... broke up three passes ... named Academic All-MAC.

as a Freshman (2008): Utilized his redshirt ... earned Dean’s List recognition in the fall (2008) and spring (2009) semesters.

at Springfield Catholic Central HS: Named first-team Division VI All-State and 2007 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press ... during the 2007 regular season, recorded 115 tackles, rushed for 1,787 yards and scored 26 touchdowns ... 2007 Springfield News-Sun All-Area selection and Defensive Player of the Year ... was second-team All-State as a sophomore and special mention all-state as a junior ... was a four-time all-conference pick and three time first team All-Southwest District honoree.

Personal: Born Sept. 15, 1989 ... son of Greg and Kim Wagner ... has two brothers, Eric (30) and Allen (23), and one sister, Kerry (28) ... his brother, Eric, wrestled and played football for the Coast Guard.