Bennie

Brazell

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Height: 6'1"
Class: Senior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Westbury HS
Alma Mater: LSU
Experience: 4 Letters

Bio

2004 Olympic Finalist (400 Hurdles)
Five-time National Champion
14-time All-American
2002 SEC Male Track & Field Freshman of the Year

Finished his career as the most decorated All-American in Tiger track history, earning a total of 14 honors ... Won five NCAA titles as a member of LSU's 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams ... Is the school record holder in the 400-meter hurdles (47.67) ... Also helped the Tigers to school, NCAA meet and collegiate records in the outdoor 4x400-meter relay (2:59.59).

2005
Capped an exceptional four-year career for the Tigers by garnering three-All-America awards at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Was the national runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles for the second straight year, and the third time in his career, clocking a school record and personal best time of 47.67 ... Is the only athlete in LSU history to clock a sub-48 second performance in the event ... Also ran the third leg on the Tigers' 4x400-meter relay team that won the national title in school, NCAA meet and collegiate record time (2:59.59) ... Time broke the 17-year old record of 2:59.91 set by UCLA in 1988 ... Earned his final All-America award of the outdoor season as a member of the Tigers' 4x100-meter relay that placed fourth overall after crossing the line in 38.86 ... Also helped the Tigers to short relay wins at the prestigious Texas Relays (38.94) and Penn Relays (39.06) ... Ran on the 4x400 teams that captured the NCAA Mideast Regional title (3:03.30) and earned all-conference honors at the SEC Championships (3:02.95) ... Individually, finished second in the 400 hurdles at the regional championships (49.55), as well as third at the conference meet (49.70) ... Clocked an impressive 48.54 in the hurdles at the Sun Angel Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., to establish a new stadium record in the event ... Also won the hurdles at the season-opening Tiger Relays, recording a time of 49.40 ... During the indoor season, earned All-America honors as a member of the Tigers' 4x400 relay team that placed fourth in 3:04.90 ... Also helped LSU to All-SEC honors in the event (3:04.90), as well as first-place finishes at the Holiday Inn Team Invitational (3:06.52) and the Armory Invitational (3:07.73).

2004
Represented Team USA in the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games in Athens ... Was exceptional during the qualifying rounds, finishing second in both his first round (48.57) and semifinal heats (48.19) ... Clocked 49.51 to finish eighth in the finals ... At the U.S. Olympic Trials recorded a personal best 48.05 to finish third and advance to the Summer Games ... During the collegiate season, added three All-America awards to his resume ... Earned NCAA runner-up honors in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking 49.34 in the finals ... Also earned All-SEC honors in the event, placing second at the conference meet (48.86) ... Recorded three victories in the 400 hurdles during the regular season, winning the Gatorade Classic (49.19), the LSU Alumni Gold (49.99) and the Tiger Relays (50.65) ... Also a key member of the Tigers' 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams during the outdoor season ... Earned All-America honors as a member of the 4x400 that placed eighth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Ran the second leg on the 4x400 team that posted a school record mark of 3:01.39 at the Penn Relays ... Anchored the Tigers' 4x100 to wins at the Texas Relays (38.93), Gatorade Classic (39.07) and Tiger Relays (39.44) ... During the indoor season, helped the Tigers to the team title at the NCAA Championships, running the third leg on the Tigers' 4x400 team that placed fifth overall ... Ran the lead leg on LSU's SEC champion relay squad that clocked 3:06.79 in Lexington ... Wrapped up his junior season as a member of the Tigers' football team ... A special teams standout, he played in nine games ... Caught one pass for 20-yards vs. Mississippi State ... Had five tackles on special teams kick coverage.

2003
Turned in a sensational sophomore campaign winning three national titles as a member of the Tigers' 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams ... Anchored LSU to its second straight national title in the 4x100 as the Tigers posted the fourth fastest mark in school history (38.65) at the NCAA Championships ... Ran the second leg on LSU's national champion outdoor 4x400-meter relay team (3:02.01) ... Time of 3:02.01 ranks as the third-best all-time at LSU ... Also earned All-America honors during the outdoor season, placing fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships (49.38) ... Clocked a season-best 48.97 in the prelims ... Ran 49.10 at the SEC Championships to place third overall ... Won the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational (50.53) ... Finished fourth at the NCAA Regionals with a time of 51.60 ... During the indoor season, ran the third-leg on the Tigers' national champion 4x400-meter relay team ... The LSU foursome clocked the third-fastest time in school history (3:04.79) ... Earned All-SEC honors as the third leg on the Tigers' 4x400 that finished second at the conference meet (3:05.62) ... Finished his second season with the LSU football team that went 13-1 on the year and won the BCS National Championship, defeating Oklahoma, 21-14, in the Nokia Sugar Bowl ... The only athlete in LSU history to win national championships in two different sports.

2002
Played a key role in LSU's march to the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championship ... Anchored the 4x100-meter relay team to the national title with a time of 38.48 ... Finished second in 400-meter hurdles at the national championships, clocking a school-record time of 48.80 ... Helped clinch the NCAA team title for the Tigers in the last event of the meet, running the third leg on the 4x400-meter relay team that placed third with a season-best time of 3:02.33 ... Named the 2002 SEC Male Track and Field Freshman of the Year ... Earned All-SEC honors with a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the conference meet (49.10) ... Grabbed another second-place finish at the SEC meet, anchoring the 4x100-meter relay team to a time of 39.41 ... Ran the third leg on LSU's 4x400-meter relay team that also finished second at the SEC championships (3:03.13) ... Participated in his redshirt freshman season as a receiver on the Tiger football team ... Finished the year with three catches for 28 yards.

High School
Attended Westbury High School in Houston ... Rated as the nation's No. 1 prep hurdler as a senior ... Won the 5A state title in the 300-meter hurdles (36.1) ... Also a standout on the football field, he caught 36 passes for 967 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... Was named an All-American by USA Today ... Was a first-team all-state, all-district and all-metro selection.

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