21 Brent Dial
Brent Dial


Bowie, Md.

High School:
Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 187

Free Safety

Returning starter who saw yeoman duty in 2000 ... veteran performer ... enters final campaign rating as most experienced defensive back in program ... owns stellar coverage skills and outstanding overall athletic ability ... possesses wealth of "big play" capability ... boasts excellent size and quickness as well ... shifted to free safety this spring after starting at cornerback a year ago ... grew up in shadow of U.S. Naval Academy ... smart player with ability to patrol back line ... three-year letterman.

2000: Started 10 of Black Knights' 11 contests ... missed start in final home game against UAB when head coach Todd Berry started bulk of squad's seniors ... listed sixth on club with 66 tackles, including 52 solo stops ... also recorded five pass deflections, two tackles for loss, one fumble forced, one fumble recovery and one interception ... registered first career start in season opener at Cincinnati ... credited with six stops in that outing ... piled up career-high 13 hits against Air Force ... a dozen of those stops were of solo variety ... also forced an Air Force fumble ... totaled eight stops at Louisville ... made five tackles and broke up one pass in loss to UAB ... involved in nine hits opposite Navy ... added five hits each in games versus Boston College and Houston ... picked up Cougar fumble during opening quarter and returned it 44 yards for first career score ... helped provide one of two Army defensive TDs versus Houston, a feat not accomplished by Black Knight defensive unit since 1977 ... added first pass breakup of campaign against Houston ... all five hits against Memphis were of solo variety ... registered one tackle for loss in outing opposite Tigers ... credited with four tackles against New Mexico State, including one hit behind line of scrimmage ... involved in three tackles against East Carolina ... pocketed first career interception versus Pirates, racing 72 yards with pickoff to set up Army's third-quarter touchdown ... posted three tackles and two pass breakups versus Tulane.

1999: Filled reserve role in all 11 contests ... utilized extensively in "nickel" situations ... closed year ranked 13th on squad with 24 tackles ... credited with primary hit on 21 of those stops ... made first varsity game appearance in season opener versus Wake Forest ... notched seven tackles, all of the solo variety, to list fourth among Cadets ... added one tackle for loss and forced one fumble on special teams versus Demon Deacons ... registered four tackles during defeat of Ball State ... added three hits against Southern Miss and Memphis ... recorded two tackles against Tulane and Navy ... credited with lone pass breakup on final play of second overtime to preserve Black Knights' thrilling upset of Louisville.

1998: One of just two freshmen to earn a varsity letter ... spent time as backup in defensive secondary ... logged additional field duty on Army specialty units ... appeared in each of season's final seven contests ... did not figure statistically.

High School: Two-sport standout at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt, Md. ... played for head coach Rick Honchens in football ... earned three varsity letters in football and one in track and field ... standout defensive back on gridiron ... all-county choice ... served as team captain as a senior ... specialized in sprint events on track.

Personal: Born June 4, 1980 ... given name is Brent Lorenzo Dial ... mother's name is Lisa Dial ... father's name is Gregory Greene ... cousin, Renard Phillips, lettered in basketball at Virginia Military Institute ... enjoys reading, music and movies ... majoring in Electrical Engineering.

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