A.J. Brown Leads the Way With First Team Accolades
• 2017 Second Team All-SEC (Associated Press)
• 2017 Second Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)
2017: Earned second team all-SEC honors from both the Associated Press and Phil Steele ... Appeared in all 12 games and earned the starting nod in 10 ... Began the year at defensive tackle before starting the final seven games at defensive end ... Ranked second on the team in both tackles (67) and sacks (7.0) ... Finished the season with eight tackles for loss ... Got the start at NT in the season opener vs. South Alabama (9/2/17): Made three stops, including two solo tackles ... vs. UT Martin (9/9/17): Made two tackles and credited with one QBH ... at Cal (9/16/17): Made one tackle, a sack for a four-yard loss, his first of the year ... at No. 1 Alabama (9/30/17): Fourth-leading tackler with five total tackles including three solo stops ... Also forced the first fumble of his career against the Tide ... at No. 12 Auburn (10/7/17): Made five tackles including one TFL ... Started at DE in the win over Vandy and had six tackles, one pass breakup and one QBH ... vs. No. 24 LSU (10/21/17): Tallied a career-high 13 tackles (seven solo) including two sacks and a QBH ... vs. Arkansas (10/28/17): Made five tackles including 2.0 sacks and one QBH ... at Kentucky (11/4/17): Credited with two tackles including 0.5 TFL ... vs. Louisiana (11/11/17): Made five stops including one sack and two QBHs ... Had eight tackles in the Texas A&M game (11/18/17) along with two QBHs ... at No. 14 Mississippi State (11/23/17): Tallied 12 tackles, 1.5 TFLs and one fumble recovery in Egg Bowl victory.
2016: Tied for the team lead with eight QB hurries ... Totaled 28 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack and a pass breakup on the year ... Played in every game with seven starts at DT ... Earned second letter ... vs. #4 Florida State (9/5/16): Posted a tackle and a QB hurry in start ... vs. Wofford (9/10/16): Made three tackles, including 0.5 TFL, in start ... vs. #1 Alabama (9/17/16): Posted five stops (two solo) and a QB hurry in start ... vs. #11 Georgia (9/24/16): Posted five tackles (one solo) and three QB hurries in start ... vs. Memphis (10/1/16): Registered two tackles (one solo) and a QB hurry in start ... at #22 Arkansas (10/15/16): Made four tackles (three solo) with a sack and a QB hurry in start ... at #23 LSU (10/22/16): Made one tackle in start ... vs. Georgia Southern (11/5/16): Totaled four tackles (two solo), a pass breakup and a QB hurry ... at Vanderbilt (11/19/16): Made three tackles (two solo).
2015: Played in every game with two starts as a defensive tackle ... Totaled 32 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, a sack, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery on the season ... Helped Ole Miss rank top three among SEC teams in tackles for loss (8.1/game - 7th in NCAA), interceptions (15 - t23rd in NCAA) and takeaways (23 - t38th in NCAA) ... Earned first letter ... vs. UT Martin (9/5/15): Made his college debut and collected a pair of tackles (one solo) and a QB hurry ... vs. Fresno State (9/12/15): Led the team with nine tackles (two solo) and posted 0.5 TFL ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/26/15): Recorded two tackles (one solo) and batted down a pass ... at #23 Florida (10/3/15): Made three tackles (two solo), including a TFL ... vs. New Mexico State (10/10/15): Assisted on a tackle for loss ... at #22 Memphis (10/17/15): Made six tackles (three solo), including a pair of TFLs for -24 yards ... vs. #15 Texas A&M (10/24/15): Made his first career start and tallied three tackles (two solo) ... at Auburn (10/31/15): Tallied one tackle, a pass breakup and a QB hurry in start ... vs. Arkansas (11/7/15): Assisted on a tackle ... vs. #15 LSU (11/21/15): Recorded a QB hurry ... at #21 Mississippi State (11/28/15): Made two tackles, including his first career sack ... Sugar Bowl vs. #16 Oklahoma State (1/1/16): Tallied two tackles (one solo), 0.5 TFL and a fumble recovery.
2014: Did not see action and was redshirted ... Member of the 2014 signing class.
HIGH SCHOOL:MaxPreps first team Medium School All-American ... A consensus 4-star recruit ... Rated the No. 135 overall prospect by 247Sports.com and No. 179 by Rivals.com ... Rated the nation’s 11th-best defensive tackle by 247Sports.com, No. 19 DT by Scout.com and No. 12 strongside defensive end by Rivals.com ... Listed No. 2 on The Clarion-Ledger Targeted 22 list and named to the publication’s Dandy Dozen ... Chosen to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game ... Enjoyed a breakout senior season in which he was named first team All-State at defensive tackle and Metro Player of the Year by The Clarion-Ledger ... Tabbed Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Posted 118 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 18 QB hurries, four forced fumbles, three blocked kicks, five pass breakups and an interception returned for a touchdown while helping Callaway win a school-record 14 games and reach the Class 5A state semifinals ... Also tabbed All-Metro by The Clarion-Ledger as a junior after leading the Chargers with a team-high 136 tackles, along with nine TFLs and five forced fumbles while playing middle linebacker ... Coached in high school by Daryl Jones ... High school teammate of fellow Ole Miss Rebel Rod Taylor.
PERSONAL: Son of Clyde and Brenda Speaks ... Full name is Breeland Clyde Speaks ... Born: Dec. 18, 1995 ... His brother, Marcellus Speaks, was an All-American linebacker at Jackson State ... Majoring in criminal justice with an emphasis in corrections.
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