Returned to non-contact portions of spring drills after being away from practice since 2007 because of injuries ... Hopes to be ready for full action in August ... Expected to be a contender at the weakside linebacker when he returns to full speed ... Coaches believe he has outstanding potential, as he has played very well in practice when available ... Good student who is a two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2008 (Sophomore): Missed the season while recovering from injury.
2007 (Redshirt Freshman): Missed the season while recovering from injury.
2006 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Started his last two seasons at Grady HS in Atlanta, Ga. ... Made 117 tackles his senior year, with 21 quarterback sacks, eight additional tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries ... Team went 13-1 and reached the semifinals of the state playoffs ... Named all-state in Class AA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and also chosen for the All-Metro Atlanta team ... Made approximately 70 tackles his junior year as the team reached the second round of the state playoffs ... Coached by Ronnie Millen ... "Brandon is one of those kids who has a motor that doesn't stop," Millen said. "He feels like he should be a part of every play on defense. He's a phenomenal athlete that has incredible willpower and desire to win. He's also a smart kid." ... A two-year letterman in track, competing in the 300-meter hurdles ... Won the region in the event as a junior, advancing to the state meet ... National Honor Society student and was chosen for Who's Who Among American High School Students ... Picked Kentucky over Arkansas, Colgate, and Tulane.
Personal: Born in Atlanta, Ga. ... Son of Unsfored and Terrie Thurmond ... Major is agricultural economics.
Community Cats: Participated in the Valentine's Day party at the UK Children's Hospital (2008).