The CSU football team took a major hit to its defensive unit after last seasonâ€™s departure of team captain Ricky Brewer, both on and off the field.
Brewer set the tempo of the defense with his productive play over a four year career, ending his senior year with a career best 105 tackles, 43 of which were solo, two forced fumbles and one sack.
He also started 32 of the 34 games he appeared in dating back to 2007.
With Brewer now pursuing a career in the National Football League, itâ€™s up to senior Mychal Sisson and the rest of the linebacker crew to fill the void.
â€œWe have a great linebacker core. We have some young guys that are ready to step up,â€ Sisson said. â€œIâ€™m comfortable with anybody we throw out there. When the time comes, theyâ€™ll be able to step up and produce.â€
Sisson has shown he is more than capable of picking up the slack left by Brewerâ€™s departure, finishing second on the team in 2010 with 95 tackles, and leading the nation with seven forced fumbles. Sisson was also named a freshman All-American in 2008 and has contributed 11 sacks in three years as a Ram.