Football

Bradley Vierling - 60

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Warminster, Pa.

High School:
Central Bucks East

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 290

Position:
C

Bradley Vierling

05/19/2014

Townsend named to Rimington Trophy preseason watch list

Trophy presented annually to nation's top offensive center

2009
Served as offensive captain for second consecutive season... Received team's postseason Offensive Lineman of the Year award... Earned starts at center in every game, running consecutive start streak to 25 games... Directed blocking schemes on the interior front.. Earned team's Offensive Player of the Week honors on three occasions: at LSU, versus Georgia Tech and against Kentucky... Played virtually every offensive snap during fifth season... Entered season on Rimington Trophy watchlist... Besides role as captain, also served on team's leadership council for second year.

2008
Junior offensive co-captain with wide receiver George Smith, despite coming into the season without a single career start... Started all 13 games at center... Leader on and off the field: helped motivate and lead young offensive line that entered the season collectively with three total career starting assignments... Played nearly 95 percent of offensive snaps, more than any other offensive lineman... Opened season with strong performances, earning "winning" blocking grade after Miami (Ohio), South Carolina and Rice victories... Named team's offensive player of the week after Wake Forest performance... Earned team's top offensive line grade - 94% - after superb effort in victory over Auburn... Coaches also gave "winning" performance following Kentucky victory... Also served on team's leadership council.

2007
One of team's most versatile linemen, Vierling saw substantial action at both right guard and center as a redshirt sophomore... Saw action in every game though did not enjoy starting assignment... Averaged nearly 30 plays per game rotating with guard Merritt Kirchoffer and center Hamilton Holliday... Consistently earned "winning" blocking performance from offensive coaches.

2006
Saw action in nine games backing up center Hamilton Holliday and the offensive guard corps... First career action came against Arkansas... Like fellow redshirt freshman Ryan Custer, playing time increased as injuries became a factor midway through season... Saw time in last six games of season.

2005
Redshirted as freshman... Practiced as center and guard... Impressed coaches last fall, earning team's postseason Offensive Scout Player of the Week honors... Named team's top offensive scout after Ole Miss, Georgia and Tennessee games.

High School
Senior captain for Patriots... Three-year starter at offensive tackle... Also started at defensive tackle and defensive end as junior and senior... Team MVP in 2004... Three-time most valuable lineman award recipient... Named Second Team All-State and First Team All Southeastern Pennsylvania by Philadelphia Inquirer... Nominated for Big 33 All-Star Game... Captain of basketball squad... As center, averaged 12.4 points... All-Region performer as thrower in track & field, with bests of 159'11" (discus) and 52'9" (shot put).

Personal
Bradley Lewis Vierling... Son of Ronald and Collette Vierling... Has a brother and two sisters... Dad is corporate vice president... Vierling graduated in December 2009 with a degree in Human and Organizational Development... He is a 2008-09 SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient... School produced former Atlanta Falcons starting safety Bryan Scott... Sang in school choirs and enjoys playing the drums.

Central Bucks East High Coach Larry Greene
"Bradley is agile and real quick for his size and is an extremely smart football player... One of the things that makes him stand out is his work ethic. He's always working to improve himself. You are talking about a great character kid who is going to be a leader in the classrom, weightroom and on the field. He is the true student-athlete.

"Bradley has all the tools to be a great Division I-A player. The two things that stick out in my mind are his agility and the fact that he comes with a touch of the nasty. He's not dirty at all, but he is going to hit you, and hit you again."

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