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Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 44 Days

#44 Brandon Ogletree was a defensive work horse for BYU during his tenure as a Cougar.

Former inside linebacker #44 Brandon Ogletree is a case study in making large and consistent improvements over time. As a redshirt freshman, he made 19 tackles in ten games. His sophomore season he took a big step forward and saw action in eleven games, starting eight of them. He improved his role on the defense by making 49 tackles (fourth on the team), 5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, three pass breakups, two interceptions, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Having established himself the previous season, Ogletree started all twelve games he played in as a junior. He led the team with 76 tackles, nearly half of which were solo. Once again, as a senior, Ogletree continued to make large improvements. Starting all thirteen games, he continued to lead the team in tackles with 102, was second on the team in tackles for loss at 13.5, had four pass breakups, and a single quarterback hurry.

Ogletree was entertaining both on and off the field. Check out this video of him crowd surfing. After filming a BYU Football commercial at LaVell Edwards Stadium the same night of the Education Week youth dance at BYU, which is always held in the stadium. The kids went nuts when they saw the football players and Ogletree made sure it would be memorable.