Awards and Honors:
2015 Ball State Ray Louthen Award (most improved)
2014, 2015 Academic All-Mid-American Conference
2015 (R-Jr.): Played in all 12 games with three starts at tight end … started two of the final four games … notched at least one reception in three of the final four contests … twice recorded a personal high two receptions – at Northern Illinois on Oct. 10 and at Ohio on Nov. 17.
2014 (R-So.): Played in 12 games with 10 starts to earn second letter … tallied one catch for four yards at Massachusetts.
2013 (R-Fr.): Played in 12 games, including the GoDaddy Bowl, to earn first letter … made first career start at Eastern Michigan … hauled in his first career catch vs. Kent State on a 25-yard reception … one catch for 19 yards vs. Central Michigan.
2012 (Fr.): Took a redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three letters for coach Curt Rienas and coach Jason Couch at Romeo High … helped team to an 8-3 record as a senior and a 25-8 mark in career … named his team's Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior … all-conference as a senior after earning second team honors as a junior … all-county as a senior … managed 27 catches for 300 receiving yards as a senior with five touchdowns … tallied five sacks as a defensive lineman … also earned three letters in track and field while competing in the shot put and the discus … all-state in the discus … all-county in the shot put and the discus as a junior … helped the track team to be named county Team of the Year three straight seasons.
PERSONAL: Son of Mike and Susan Brunner … one sister and two brothers … father played football at Central Michigan … uncle, Jon Brunner, played football at Army … born Feb. 4, 1994, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan … carries a 3.455 GPA while majoring in social studies, teaching … full name is Samuel Albert Brunner.
|SINGLE-GAME HIGHS [all-time ranking]:
Receptions: 2, at NIU, Oct 10, 2015
Receiving yards: 25, Kent State, 10/12/2013 (1 receptions)
Long reception: 25, Kent State, 10/12/2013
All-purpose yards: 25, Kent State, 10/12/2013
Kick returns: 1, at Akron, 10/26/2013 ; Illinois State, 8/29/2013
Kick return yards: 11, Illinois State, 8/29/2013 (1 returns)
Long kick return: 11, Illinois State, 8/29/2013