24 Bradley Pruitt
Finished his career with 177 tackles, 98 solo, 12 tackles for loss and three interceptions while playing both safety and cornerback during his Huskie tenure.
2008: Saw action in nine contests at cornerback and started five. Sat out the Toledo, Bowling Green and Ball State games with an ankle injury and did not play versus Navy. Named NIU's Defensive Back of the Week twice, after the Indiana State and Eastern Michigan games. Led the team in interceptions with two and returned them 73 yards. Collected 25 total tackles, including 17 solo stops. Recorded four tackles for loss and broke up a pair of passes on the year. Intercepted passes in back-to-back games versus Indiana State and Eastern Michigan and returned the ISU pick-off 54 yards for his first career touchdown. Added two tackles for loss in that game. At Eastern Michigan, racked up a season-best five solo tackles, intercepted a pass and returned it 19 yards and broke up a pass. Made a season-high six tackles at Tennessee. Credited with three tackles, all solo, at Western Michigan and had a tackle for loss. Played well in the bowl game with three tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass break-up. Totaled two tackles in both the Miami and Central Michigan games.
2007: Started 11 games, and appeared in all 12 while playing both cornerback and safety. One of only 10 defensive players to play in all 12 games in 2007. Seven of his 11 starts were at the free safety spot. Ranked second on the team with 92 tackles, including 47 solo stops. Made four tackles for loss and registered a sack versus Western Michigan (10-13). Led the Huskies with 11 tackles vs. Southern Illinois (9-8), one of three double-figure tackle games. Added a nine-yard tackle for loss in that game. Recorded his lone interception of the season at Idaho (9-22). Totaled nine tackles, six solo, at Temple (10-6). Tallied eight stops at Wisconsin (10-20). Made nine tackles, including seven solo, and had one pass break-up at Toledo (10-17). Led the team in tackles in two of the last three games of the season, tallying a career-high 12 vs. Kent State (11-10) and 10 vs. Ball State (10-24). Had a tackle for loss in each of the last three games and broke up a pass in the Ball State game.
2006: Started 10 of 12 games played at strong safety and cornerback. Registered 49 tackles, including 24 solo and three for loss, along with three pass break ups and one fumble recovery. Totaled six tackles, one for loss, at Ohio State (9-2). Made first start and had three stops vs. Buffalo (9-16). Racked up seven tackles vs. Indiana State (9-23). Totaled six stops at Ball State (9-30). Registered four tackles and fumble recovery at Iowa (10-28). Had four stops vs. Toledo (11-7). Totaled two stops, including one for loss, vs. Central Michigan (11-17). Credited with pass break up and two stops at Eastern Michigan (11-24). Recorded seven tackles, five solo, vs. TCU in Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).
2005: Played in 12 games on defense and special teams. Totaled 11 tackles including 10 solo and one for loss. Appeared on 24 defensive plays against Tennessee Tech (9-17). Recorded three tackles, including one for loss, at Kent State (10-22). Totaled two solo stops at Central Michigan (11-5). Registered two tackles at Toledo (11-16). Had three solo stops against Western Michigan (11-23).
High School: Selected team captain and Most Valuable Player, first team Chicago Public League All-Section, plus first team Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League and special mention all-area at DB as a senior. Produced 75 tackles and three interceptions at DB and made 25 receptions for 400 yards (16.0 avg.) with four TDs at WR during senior campaign. Tied Public League record with 100-yard interception return during final season after entering year on preseason Chicago Sun-Times Public League All-Defensive squad and Top 100 Area Players list, plus Chicago Tribune league Players to Watch list. Two-time all-section standout and team captain over final two prep seasons. Defensive MVP with 125 tackles and was first team all-section on conference and division champion as a junior. Three time football letterwinner. Honor roll student.
Personal: Born March 15, 1987. Management major. Parents are Carl and Carolyn Pruitt. Lists bowling as a hobby.
PRUITT'S CAREER STATISTICS
Tackles: 12, vs. Kent State, 11-10-07
TFLs: 2, vs. Indiana State, 9-20-08
INTs: 1, three times, last at Eastern Michigan 9-27-08