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    Brian Arnfelt
    Brian Arnfelt


    Lake Elmo, Minn.

    High School:

    Height / Weight:
    6-5 / 300



    Former 'Cats Gearing Up For 2013 NFL Season

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    Ward, Arnfelt ink free agent contracts


    Northwestern Fall Academic Performance Enhances On Field Success

    Wildcats combine to earn fifth-best quarterly GPA in school history


    Northwestern Leads B1G in Academic All-Big Ten Awards

    Wildcats' 15.83 awards per fall sport lead conference by a wide margin

    2012: Fifth-year senior ... One of NU's four 2012 team captains and a member of NU's 12-player Leadership Council ... Recipient of NU's Brian Paynter "Ultimate Wildcat" Award, presented to a player who confronts adversity with courage and dedication ... Named to the Capital One Academic All-District V team and second-team Capital One Academic All-American ... Excelled in his first full year as a starter after being slowed by injuries in 2011 ... Three tackles with one TFL at Syracuse ... Set a career best with 2.0 TFL's vs. Vanderbilt, including his first career sack, and forced a fumble ... Finished with four tackles against the Commodores ... Against BC, forced a fumble for the second straight week and finished with four tackles (1.0 TFL) to earn team's Defensive Player of the Week honors ... First career fumble recovery and one tackle vs. South Dakota ... One stop vs. Indiana ... Four total tackles at Penn State ... One tackle in his return to his home state at Minnesota ... Two tackles, including a 9-yard pass sack, vs. Nebraska ... Recorded one sack and two total stops vs. Iowa ... First pass breakup of his career at Michigan ... Pair of tackles at Michigan State ... One stop in Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2011: Missed the early part of the 2011 campaign with a foot injury (suffered in the offseason) ... Saw season's first action against Michigan ... One tackle vs. Penn State and Indiana ... Reinjured his foot against Indiana and sat out the final four regular-season games ... Came back to start (in place of the injured Niko Mafuli) at defensive tackle vs. Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas ... Equaled a career high with five tackles (0.5 TFL) and a QB hurry vs. the Aggies ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

    2010: Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in all 13 games with one start ... Finished the season strong with 10 of his 14 tackles in final three games ... Totaled three tackles and assisted on one sack in TicketCity Bowl vs. Texas Tech ... Two stops at Wisconsin ... Recorded a career-high five tackles vs. Illinois ... Started for the first time in his career against Iowa ... Assisted on one tackle at Penn State ... One tackle vs. Indiana and Purdue ... Notched his first career TFL against Central Michigan.

    2009: Played in six games as a reserve defensive end ... Totaled one tackle vs. Towson.

    2008: Did not see action.

    High School: PrepStar All-Midwest Region defensive end ... Named a 2007 second-team Associated Press all-state selection ... 2006 honorable mention all-state honoree by Minnesota Preps ... Member of Minneapolis Star-Tribune's 2007 Dream Team ... First-team All-Suburban East Conference selection as a senior ... Voted "Mr. Weightroom" by team in 2007 ... Holds high school's all-time bench press and squat records ... Stillwater Gazette Athlete of the Week (10/2/2007) for performance against Hastings H.S. ... Received the Ponies' Game Ball Award on 9/28/2007 ... Totaled 118 total tackles (83 solos), 12 sacks, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one blocked punt for his junior and senior seasons ... Selected to play in Minnesota's 2008 high school all-star game ... Helped lead the Ponies to the 2006 Section 3 5A championship ... Team captain ... Lettered two years as a defensive end and tight end ... Also lettered four years in track and field ... 2008 track team captain ... Won the conference and Section 4AA shot put titles in 2008 ... Placed fifth in the 2008 Section 4AA discus ... National Honor Society and "A" Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by Scott Hoffman.

    Personal: Born Brian Dale Arnfelt ... Son of Rick and Cathy Arnfelt ... Graduated with a degree in communications studies with minors in business institutions and legal studies ... Pursuing a master's in sports administration.

    The Arnfelt File

    Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
    A: Will Ferrell
    Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
    A: You can get what you want, or you can just get old.
    Q: A song that best describes you?
    A: Trying to Find a Balance by Atmosphere
    Q: My favorite place to visit is:
    A: California
    Q: Facebook or Twitter?
    A: Facebook
    Q: My favorite thing about NU is:
    A: the springtime
    Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less:
    A: Passionate Intensity
    Q: The best book I have ever read is:
    A: A Tale of Two Cities
    Q: The person that inspires me the most is:
    A: Jared Allen
    Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be:
    A: Terrell Davis
    Q: My favorite pregame ritual is:
    A: To just relax
    Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
    A: The Mighty Ducks
    Q: My favorite food is:
    A: Barbequed Ribs
    Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is:
    A: The fans
    Q: My favorite television show is:
    A: Entourage