Football: Broad Run Senior Lineman Brendin Brooks Hopes to Rebuild D2 Cheyney Program

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Photo by Hanna Duenkel

Photo by Hanna Duenkel

By Owen Gotimer
LoCoSports Editor-in-Chief
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Ashburn (January 28, 2016) — Broad Run High School senior Brendin Brooks has made a commitment to continue his football career at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.

“I chose Cheyney because it seemed like a great fit for me,” the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Brooks said. “Cheyney hasn’t won a game in nearly four years, and I’m willing to help this program become a winning team over the next four years.”

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Broad Run senior Brendin Brooks is ready and motivated to get the Division II Cheyney Wolves out of their slump. Photo by Hanna Duenkel.

Broad Run senior Brendin Brooks is ready and motivated to get the Division II Cheyney Wolves out of their slump. Photo by Hanna Duenkel.

In the midst of a rough patch, the Division II Wolves have not won a football game since September 1, 2012 when they beat Lincoln University, 34-21, in Oxford. Since then, Cheyney has gone 0-43, but that record has not stopped interim head coach Chris Roulhac from preparing his team for success.

“I think I’ll add a lot of athleticism, aggressiveness and effort to their line,” Brooks said.

Brooks – who played mainly offensive line for the Spartans last fall – will transition to the defensive line at the collegiate level.

As a Spartan offensive lineman, Brooks helped create holes for superstar junior running back Meech Hembry and pockets for first-year starting quarterback Kyle Brickerd as Broad Run finished their 2015 campaign at 8-4 falling to Ashburn-rival Stone Bridge in a VHSL 5A North region quarterfinal on November 20.

Cheyney-commit Brendin Brooks said his experience with the Broad Run football program is one he would certainly want to relive. Photo by Emma Jaeger.

Cheyney-commit Brendin Brooks said his experience with the Broad Run football program is one he would certainly want to relive. Photo by Emma Jaeger.

“I’ve had the time of my life playing for Broad Run. We’ve made unforgettable memories on and off the field, and I would do anything to relive Broad Run football. Coach [Matt] Griffis is a great coach, and I would like to give him and coach [Jarod] Toler all the credit for me making this commitment.”

Even though he will be travelling to Cheyney – which is located just outside of Philadelphia – next fall, Brooks hopes to maintain the relationships he created with his Broad Run coaches and teammates throughout his life.

“I play football because I love the sport with all my heart. You create a bond with strangers who eventually become some of your closest friends,” Brooks said. “As soon as I started playing in AYFL in 2007, I knew football was the sport for me. I can’t imagine my life without it.”

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Owen Gotimer has a passion for helping people grow and self-educate through new media. Owen spent his college years at Syracuse University, where he studied broadcast and digital journalism in the renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications. In his "free time", Owen volunteers as a varsity baseball coach at John Champe and is the president of the Jeffrey C. Fowler Memorial Scholarship.

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