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Jan. 14, 2006

Charlottesville – Cavalier linebacker Ahmad Brooks (Woodbridge) announced Saturday he will return to Virginia for his senior season. As a sophomore in 2004, Brooks earned All-America honors and was one of three finalists for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation’s top linebacker. Following his senior season at C.D. Hylton High School, Brooks was named the 2001 USA Today national high school defensive player of the year.

After spending the 2002 season at Hargrave Military Academy, Brooks quickly became a starter at Virginia during his freshman season and helped lead the Cavaliers to a Continental Tire Bowl victory over Pittsburgh.

Brooks underwent knee surgery last March, which kept him out of the first three games of the 2005 campaign. Upon his return, ankle and back injuries limited his playing time to just six games during the remainder of the season. He did not play in Virginia’s 34-31 Music City Bowl win against Minnesota.

“I came to Virginia to earn my degree and help Virginia become a great team,” Brooks said. “I still have a lot of unfinished business to meet my goals. When I do walk into a NFL locker room, I want to do it with my degree. I am looking forward to getting my game in top shape and helping my teammates win an ACC championship. It will all be a lot of work and I am ready to get started. I appreciate all the support I have received from the advisors, coaches and teammates.”

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