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    Bryan Heinz
    Bryan Heinz

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Lone Tree, Colo.

    High School:
    Highlands Ranch

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 215

    Position:
    SAF

    Birthdate:
    09/10/1983



    General: Originally a walk-on, became one of the team's defensive leaders ... Finished in NU's top-10 for career interceptions (ranks ninth with seven) ... Sat out the entire 2005 regular season with a torn ACL, but returned to play in the Sun Bowl ... Came back for a fifth year in 2006, but two different injuries prevented him from playing in first 10 games ... After playing free safety (16 career starts) in 2003 and 2004, moved to his current position, strong safety ... Solid player who knew what he is doing and was always in the right place at the right time ... Real knack for finding the football ... Earned his undergraduate degree in four years and was enrolled in the communication studies master's program for his final season.

    2006: One of four team captains ... After sitting out the entire 2005 regular season with a knee injury, missed the first five games of 2006 with a high ankle sprain ... It appeared he would play Oct. 7 at Wisconsin, but he suffered another foot injury in practice on Wednesday (Oct. 4) ... Underwent ankle surgery the week of Oct. 9 and missed nearly another month of action ... Made his season debut against Ohio State, and totaled a pair of tackles ... In career finale vs. Illinois, earned team's defensive player of the game honors by totaling a team-high four tackles, two of which went for losses ... One of his TFL's was a pass sack ... Suffered his initial injury (high ankle sprain) three days before the Miami game ... Because of the adversity he faced in 2006, was named to ESPN's All-Mayday Team, which is selected by analyst Mark May ... Ranked the 11th-best strong safety by Phil Steele's ... Also tabbed a second-team All-Big Ten preseason selection (Phil Steele's).

    2005: Was slated to begin third season as a starting safety, but suffered a torn ACL to his left knee during preseason camp ... Missed the entire 2005 regular season ... Did return in time to start and play against UCLA in the Vitalis Sun Bowl ... Registered five tackles (three solos) as well as his seventh career interception.

    2004: Academic All-Big Ten ... Team's starting free safety for first 10 games ... His string of 16 straight starts ended vs. Illinois after injuring his knee at Michigan ... Did not play in season finale at Hawaii ... Left Wisconsin game with a shoulder injury, but returned to start against Purdue ... Notched his first interception of 2004 vs. Indiana ... Registered seven tackles (four solos) vs. TCU ... Recorded six tackles (five solos) vs. Arizona State ... Co-leader in tackles (10) vs. Kansas ... Seven tackles (six solos) vs. Minnesota ... Registered six tackles and a pass breakup vs. Ohio State ... Credited with 11 tackles and the interception vs. Indiana ... Recorded seven tackles (six solos), including a TFL, at Wisconsin ... Finished Purdue game with four tackles and a key fumble recovery, which led to NU's first touchdown ... Registered five tackles vs. Penn State ... Four solo hits at Michigan ... Finished fourth on team and 27th in Big Ten in tackles per game (6.7).

    2003: Academic All-Big Ten ... Recipient of NGN's Defensive Newcomer of the Year Award ... Finished the season with three interceptions in his final two games, giving him a team-best five for the year -- that ranked third-most among Big Ten players (0.38 per game) ... Totaled six tackles (three solos), two pass deflections and an interception vs. Bowling Green in the Motor City Bowl ... Turned in one of the top plays of his young career at Indiana when he thwarted the Hoosiers in overtime by catching a tipped ball in the end zone for his second interception of the year ... Also contributed six tackles (four solos) in the game ... Notched his first career interception at Ohio State ... Also had four tackles vs. the Buckeyes ... Closed the regular season with his top outing of the year: career-high 15 tackles (six solos) and two interceptions vs. Illinois ... Prior to the Illinois game, tallied a then-career-high nine tackles (six solos) vs. Michigan ... Four solo tackles vs. Miami (Ohio) ... Notched four hits (one solo) at Duke ... Three tackles (two solos) vs. Minnesota ... Four tackles (three solos), which included a big hit, vs. Wisconsin ... Four tackles (two solos) at Purdue ... Three tackles vs. Penn State ... Named the special teams player of the game twice (Duke, Minnesota).

    2002: Redshirted.

    High School: All-state his senior season ... Two-time all-league and all-county selection ... Named to "All-State 11" squad by KWHD-TV ... Registered 79 tackles and seven interceptions his senior season, earning team MVP honors ... Also hauled in 74 passes for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns as a wide receiver ... Finished career with 152 tackles and 10 interceptions ... Caught 10 passes for 170 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions against Regis his senior season ... Holds seven Highlands Ranch records ... Garnered five letters during prep career (2 -- football, 3 -- basketball) ... Served as captain on both football and basketball teams ... Three-time academic letterwinner ... Scholar-athlete award recipient ... High school coach was Chuck Puga.

    Personal: Born Bryan Stephen Heinz on 9/10/83 ... Son of Steve and Peggy Heinz ... Earned his undergraduate degree (economics major and business institutions minor) ... Enrolled in the master's program for communication studies.

    The Heinz File
    Q: A song that best describes you is ...
    A: Simple Man -- Lynard Skynard
    Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
    A: Davy Crockett
    Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
    A: Braveheart
    Q: If you could choose the title of your autobiography, what would it be?
    A: Never Out
    Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
    A: Take what God has given you and use those talents to the best of your ability
    Q: If you had to choose the best television show ever made, which one would you pick?
    A: 24
    Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is ...
    A: I'm a good skier
    Q: My favorite pregame ritual is ...
    A: Laying down in the locker room and listening to music
    Q: My favorite opposing stadium to play in is ...
    A: Ohio State
    Q: The best thing about NU is ...
    A: My teammates
    Q: The best book I have ever read is ...
    A: The Case of Faith by Lee Strobel
    Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be ...
    A: Intercepting a pass and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown to win the National Championship
    Q: The person that inspires me the most is ...
    A: My parents
    Q: My favorite food is ...
    A: Steak
    Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be...
    A: Barry Sanders
    Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester?
    A: Demetrius Eaton
    

    Heinz's Career Statistics

    TACKLES	G	UA	A	Total	TFL	Yds	PD	FF	FR
    2003	13	38	24	62	1.0	4	8	0	0
    2004	10	43	24	67	1.0	2	2	0	1
    2005	1	3	2	5	0.0	0	1	0	0
    2006	2	5	1	6	2.0	9	0	0	0
    TOTAL	26	89	51	140	4.0	15	11	0	1
    

    SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2003 13 0 0 0.0 0 2004 10 0 0 0.0 0 2005 1 0 0 0.0 0 2006 2 1 0 1.0 8 TOTAL 26 1 0 1.0 8

    INTERCEPTIONS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2003 13 5 12 0 8 2.4 0.9 2004 10 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2005 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2006 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL 26 7 12 0 8 1.7 0.5

    ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2003 13 0 0 0 0 12 12 0.9 2004 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2005 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2006 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL 26 0 0 0 0 12 12 0.5