Gamecock linebacker Jasper Brinkley was born this day in Thomson, Ga.
Brinkley, a Georgia Military JC transfer, became one of the most feared players ever at Carolina. At 6-3, 260 lbs., Jasper wasted little time in making his presence known. In his first year in Columbia, 2006, Brinkley had a monster year. He accounted for 107 tackles, 5 sacks, and an impressive 14.5 tackles for loss (4th most). Despite missing most of the 2007 season, Brinkley still totaled 193 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 20.5 TFL in his USC career (2006-08).
Jasper was selected in the fifth round by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 NFL Draft. He has played in every game for Minnesota in his two years there.