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UW This Season: A two-time All-Mountain West Conference honoree, Brian Hendricks has been a rock-solid linebacker the last two seasons, and will once again be one of UW's leading candidates for postseason honors this fall. After playing the majority of his time at the middle linebacker position last season, Hendricks was moved to the weakside (outside) linebacker position in 2011 spring drills. The move should allow him to utilize his athleticism and speed on the outside of Wyoming's outstanding defense. Hendricks was limited by some nagging injuries in 2010 after being a preseason First Team All-Conference selection to start the season. The senior has 22 starts and nine double-figure tackle games under his belt, and is quickly approaching UW's Top 10 in career tackles. He enters his senior season with 204 career tackles, and is currently 99 away from the UW Top 10.
2010: Hendricks finished third on the team in tackles in 2010, despite missing one game due to injury. He made 80 stops in 11 starts. He added half a sack, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup to earn Honorable Mention All-MWC honors by the coaches and media. He averaged 7.3 tackles per contest to rank No. 11 in the MWC, while recording four double-figure tackle games during the season. His top performance was a 13-tackle effort against Air Force. He also notched 12 stops versus Boise State and 10 at New Mexico. At the team's year-end banquet, he was named the Cowboys' Linebacker of the Year. He was also named Preseason First-Team All-MWC by the conference media.
2009: A Second Team All-MWC selection, Hendricks' 10.5 tackle-per-game average not only ranked 12th in the nation, but ranked No. 3 in the MWC. He was named MWC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 23 tackles at Air Force, which was the best single-game performance in the nation in 2009 and set a new UW single-game record. Hendricks had a total of five double-figure tackle games in '09 including: 14 vs. No. 2 Texas, 18 on the road at Colorado, 11 vs. UNLV and 12 at No. 16 Utah. The captain missed two games during the `09 campaign, at San Diego State and versus TCU, due to a sprained ankle, but he returned to action against Colorado State in the regular-season finale, being credited with nine tackles, 1.0 sack and 2.0 tackles for losses. At the team's year-end awards banquet, Hendricks was named his team's Linebacker of the Year for 2009. He earned the starting spot at the weakside linebacking position for the Cowboys in the spring of 2009, taking over for 2008 First Team All-Mountain West Conference linebacker Ward Dobbs, who was a senior.
2008: Despite suffering an injured right knee versus North Dakota State that caused him to miss two games at BYU and against Bowling Green, Hendricks battled back to return against New Mexico at midseason. He recorded eight total tackles for the season, playing behind Weston Johnson at the strongside linebacking position.
High School: Hendricks was the recipient of the prestigious 2007 Fred Steinmark Colorado Athlete of the Year Award presented by the Rocky Mountain News in the spring of each year. The Steinmark Award honors the top male and female high school student-athletes in the state of Colorado each year based on athletics, academics and citizenship. He was selected to the All-Colorado Team for all classifications as a linebacker by The Denver Post and was named All-Colorado as an overall athlete by the Rocky Mountain News his senior year. He was also named the 1A Player of the Year by The Denver Post and was a First Team All-State running back selection by the Post. The Rocky Mountain News named Hendricks its Class 1A Defensive Player of the Year, as well as selecting him a First Team All-State 1A linebacker. Hendricks was also named The Denver Post Student-Athlete of the Week on Nov. 19, 2006. He helped lead Burlington to a 10-2 record his senior season of 2006. Burlington advanced to the second round of the Class 1A State Playoffs before losing to Akron. As a senior, he rushed for 2,132 yards on 237 carries to average 9.0 yards per carry and scored 29 rushing touchdowns. Hendricks tallied 87 tackles as a senior, including 61 solos. He also intercepted four passes for 111 yards, and returned two for TDs. He set school records for career rushing yards (6,206 yards) and career touchdowns (89 TDs). He ran the ball a total of 644 times during his four-year career as a starter, and averaged 9.6 yards per carry. On defense, Hendricks was credited with 321 career tackles -- the second most in school history. A multi-sport athlete, Hendricks won the 2A State Wrestling Championship at 215 pounds as a senior with a perfect 25-0 record, and was ranked 18th in the nation in his weight class by Wrestling USA Magazine. As a junior, he captured the 3A State Championship in the 215-pound division, posting a perfect 37-0 mark. He missed his sophomore season in wrestling, due to a knee injury suffered in football, but posted a 40-1 record as a freshman and placed third in state at 189 pounds. His combined wrestling record in high school was 102-1. He also was a three-time state qualifier in track and field as a freshman, junior and senior. His junior year, he placed second in state in the 400 meters, seventh in the 200 meters and was a member of the third-place 4 x 400-meter relay team. He pulled a hamstring three weeks prior to the state meet his senior year, but took up the shot put and placed fifth in state. As a junior, he earned Honorable Mention All-State honors in the 400 meters from The Denver Post. His junior and senior years, Hendricks was a member of the National Honor Society. He played for head football coach Glynn Higgs at Burlington High School. Hendricks was also recruited by Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State, Stanford and Utah. He was offered wrestling scholarships by Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
Personal: Born April 6, 1988, he is the son of Nancy and Michael Hendricks. His father, Mike, was a fullback at Colorado State from 1978-81, and his grandfather, John, also played at CSU in the 1950s. Hendricks is from the hometown of former Cowboy All-America place-kicker Cory Wedel. Hendricks is majoring in agricultural business.