Black Knights Continue Preparations For Season Opener
About Zalneraitis: Forced to play inside during 2011 because of injuries along defensive line ... moved back to more natural defensive end in 2012 ... starts preseason practice as a primary backup at the quick outside linebacker spot.
2012: Played in seven games, starting four times ... accumulated 12 total tackles, including four solo stops ... made 1.5 tackles for loss ... assisted on a quarterback sack ... started the season opener at San Diego State ... made two tackles, including a career-best one tackle for loss ... missed the Stony Brook, Boston College and Kent State games due to injury ... returned to action at Eastern Michigan ... recorded a season-high five tackles against the Eagles ... established a career best with four assisted tackles in the contest ... did not play against Ball State due to injury ... recorded first career sack at Rutgers ... combined with Colin Linkul on the hit.
2011: Played in all 12 games, making seven starts ... racked up 25 tackles ... made 1.5 tackles for loss ... recovered one fumble ... made first career start at Northern Illinois ... collected first career tackle for loss of one yard ... posted first career fumble recovery against Tulane ... credited with a career-high three tackles, including two primary stops, opposite Miami (Ohio) ... returned to the starting lineup at Air Force ... recorded a career-high eight tackles versus the Falcons ... posted career-best six primary stops ... two assisted tackles matched career best ... made seven total tackles, including an assisted stop behind the line, against Navy.
2010: Did not see any varsity action.
High School: Two-year letterwinner at Round Rock High School ... played both ways as defensive end and tight end ... captained team as senior ... team Most Valuable Player in final season ... honorable mention all-distirict honors at defensive end as a junior ... all-district honorable mention selection on both offense and defense as a senior ... earned two letters in baseball ... played pitcher and outfield ... National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society member.
Personal: Given name is Brian Holt Zalneraitis ... father's name is Bruce Zalneraitis ... mother's name is Dee Marrs ... majoring in Kinesiology.