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#21 Brandon Caesar
Position: Tailback
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 215
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Broussard, Quebec, Canada
High School: Old Farms Prep, Avon, Conn.
Experience: Varsity Reserve

AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.) -- He was fully recovered from surgeries on both knees to relieve chronic injuries when he suffered a torn patella tendon in summer conditioning work on July 27; he had surgery two days later and was lost for the entire season.  He had missed spring practice while completing his rehabilitation. 

 

2004 (Soph.) -- He was having a solid camp before going down with a knee sprain a week before the season opener; he eventually would undergo surgery on both knees and would miss the entire season.  He received plenty of quality reps in the spring and ran hard, gaining 107 yards on 26 carries in the three main spring scrimmages (4.1 per carry, as he was fairly consistent as his two long runs were both 12 yards).  He was to enter the fall as the third string tailback before befallen by the knee injuries.

 

2003 (Fr.-RS) -- He saw action in nine games on both offense and special teams; from scrimmage, he had eight carries for 21 yards, with most of his action at Iowa State, where he carried five times for 16 yards.  He had one knockdown block on special teams duty.  He toughed it out in spring practice, as he had 24 rushes for 49 yards in the three scrimmages, with almost all of those carries against the first-team defense.

 

2002 (Fr.) -- He was recruited as a safety, but was on offense (tailback) from day one after his arrival on campus.  He missed about seven weeks of practice in the middle of the season due to a turf toe and dislocated shoulder.  He won the Scout Team Offense Award on two occasions, for the USC and Iowa State games.  He continued to attend prep school after he did not qualify to attend Colorado the previous year, as he was a member of the Buffs’ 2001 recruiting class.  He made it this time around and arrived in Boulder in May to begin working out.

 

2001 -- He did not initially qualify academically out of prep school, thus did not enroll at CU; he remained in prep school.

 

HIGH SCHOOL -- He attended Old Farms Prep in Avon, Conn., for three years.  As a senior, he earned all-New England honors when Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 53 running back in the nation.  He was a two-time all-Erickson Conference selection at both running back and defensive back.  As a senior, he rushed 162 times for 1,236 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 7.6 yards per carry, as he gained over 100 yards in eight of nine games.  On defense, he had well over 100 tackles, with four interceptions, three forced fumbles and 10 pass deflections.  He allowed only two completions all year, despite often being assigned to cover the opponent’s best receiver in third-and-long situations.  As a junior, he rushed for 876 yards and nine scores, while again making around 100 tackles on defense with eight pass deflections and allowing only three or four passes to be completed on him.  He played both safety and cornerback.  Top games his senior year came against Trinity Pawling, when he rushed 17 times for 289 yards and scored all five of his team’s touchdowns in a 35-14 win, and against Taft, when they ran the option for one game and he picked up 135 yards on just 10 carries.  He had several games with 10 or more tackles, including a high of 20 in one game.  Avon Prep was 5-4 his senior year and 6-3 his junior year, claiming the Erickson League title, under coach Kevin Driscoll.  He was one of the top performers at the December (2000) Team Canada tryouts.  He also lettered three years in basketball (power forward) and four times in track.  He was considered to be the second fastest sprinter in New England, as he ran the 100-meters in 10.5 and the 200 in 21.5 (he also was the anchor on the relay team).

 

ACADEMICS -- He is majoring in business (marketing) at Colorado. 

 

PERSONAL -- Born December 16, 1981 in Montreal, Quebec.  An uncle (Selwyn Caesar) played professional cricket in the West Indies (Trinidad).  Hobbies include playing basketball, running, drawing, playing video games, dog breeding and creating musical beats.  He decided to attend prep school in the United States for both exposure and the education; some have called him the best running back ever to come out of Canada.  (Last name pronounced like the Roman ruler: see-zer)

 

Rushing                                    High Games

Season

G

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Att

Yds

2003

9

8

21

2.6

0

9

5

16

 

 

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