2003 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll
2003 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll
Senior Stewart Bradley completed his Nebraska career and his third season as Nebraska’s starter at SAM linebacker. In 2006, Bradley was a key part of a strong and balanced Nebraska linebacking corps that ranked among the best in the Big 12. Bradley returned for his senior season after missing the final seven games of 2005 because of a knee injury, and led the 2006 Blackshirts in tackles with 76.
The 6-4, 250-pound Bradley was a versatile performer who often drew pass coverage assignments in Nebraska’s 4-3 defensive scheme. In addition to his team-leading tackle total, Bradley also had a team-high four fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles, six tackles for loss and five hurries. Bradley earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches and the Associated Press.
Bradley helped the Huskers rank second in the conference in scoring defense (18.3 ppg) in 2006. He made at least three tackles in 12 of 14 games, while leading the Huskers in tackles three times. Against USC and KansasState, Bradley registered a season-high 10 tackles, including a career-high eight solo stops against the Wildcats. He also added an eight-tackle effort, including a tackle for loss, in Nebraska’s overtime victory over Kansas.
Bradley’s 10 tackles against Kansas State helped limit the Wildcats to an NU opponent season-low 22 yards rushing, one of six times in 2006 Nebraska allowed less than 100 yards on the ground.
Bradley collected his first two fumble recoveries against NichollsState. He added his third fumble recovery of the year at OklahomaState, then picked up his fourth recovery of the year against Auburn in the Cotton Bowl, on a play when he also recorded a sack and forced his third fumble of the season. Bradley also forced fumbles against USC and Texas.
2005 (Junior) Bradley started the year off in impressive fashion, recording 26 tackles in five games before missing the remainder of the season with an injury. Bradley suffered a knee injury against Texas Tech, which required surgery and sidelined him for the year.
While in action, Bradley had three games with six or more tackles, including a season-high seven tackles against both Pittsburgh and Iowa State. Bradley also had six tackles against Maine, when he had three tackles for loss and two sacks for 16 yards. Bradley added his third sack of the year against Iowa State and had five tackles for loss in his abbreviated season.
Bradley was also a key part of a record-setting effort by the Blackshirt defense against Wake Forest. The Huskers scored three defensive touchdowns against the Demon Deacons, including Bradley’s 43-yard interception return in the fourth quarter, to cap the scoring in a 31-3 Nebraska victory.
2004 (Sophomore) In his first year as a starter, Bradley took control of the strongside linebacker position and finished second on the team with 67 tackles, trailing only fellow linebacker Barrett Ruud, who finished as Nebraska's all-time leading tackler. Bradley registered six games with seven or more tackles and tied for second on the team with 11 tackles for loss. He also added five quarterback hurries.
Bradley had a career-high 12 tackles against Kansas, added nine tackles against Missouri and had four seven-tackle efforts (Southern Miss, Baylor, Kansas State, Colorado). Bradley quickly showed he could handle the starting job, recording five tackles, two hurries and a pass breakup in the opener against Western Illinois. Against Baylor, Bradley was named Nebraska’s Defensive Player of the Game for his seven-tackle effort, despite leaving the game at intermission with a minor injury.
2003 (Redshirt Freshman) Bradley played in all 13 games as a backup defensive end and saw special teams action, finishing the year with six tackles. In limited time at defensive end Bradley accounted for three tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. He had a season-high three tackles at Southern Miss, including a tackle for loss, and added two hurries against the Golden Eagles.
2002 (Redshirt) Bradley redshirted in his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Highland HS) Bradley battled injuries during his prep career, limiting his football action to just his junior season. Bradley started in the Highland secondary, played some at quarterback, and also returned kicks, helping his team to an 11-2 record and a Class 4A (second largest) state runner-up finish. Bradley also started as a wing on Highland’s rugby team that won three straight national championships.
Personal The son of John and Ann Bradley, Stewart was born on Nov. 2, 1983. A two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll pick, Bradley is on track to graduate with an accounting degree this December. Bradley is involved in Nebraska's community outreach programs, serving as a volunteer in Nebraska's Lincoln and Omaha hospital visits, with the Special Olympics and as a volunteer speaker during American Education Week and "School is Cool" Week.
Tackles–12 vs. Kansas, 2004 Solo Tackles–8 vs. Kansas State, 2006 Tackles for Loss–3-9 at Kansas State, 2004, 3-17 vs. Maine, 2005 Sacks–2-16 vs. Maine, 2005 Touchdown–43-yard interception return vs. Wake Forest, 2005
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