Brian Brunner is a perfect example of hard work paying off. Ranked as the 10th best quarterback in the Midwest by Scouts Inc. in 2004, he had his sights set on guiding Central Michigan to multiple bowl games.
Brian joined the team in 2004, and was redshirted. Although he did receive the Offensive Scout Team player of the year. In 2005, he saw action in three games completing all of his pass attempts for the Chippewas.
2006 was Brian Brunner's year.
He came into preseason camp as the projected starting quarterback but had some competition from redshirt freshman Dan Lefevour.
He eventually won the starting quarterback job, and was to start the season vs. Boston College at Kelly Shorts Stadium.
On the second play from scrimmage for the Chippewas, Brunner suffered a severe concussion. Although he didn't know it then, his backup would be one of Central's best quarterbacks ever. Dan Lefevour almost led the team back to a win versus a very good ACC team.
Brunner then saw action versus Eastern Michigan coming off the bench, and rallying them to a win. Brunner thought he had a chance to redeem himself and start the next week, but to his surprise he was done being a starting quarterback for 2 years. He appeared in a couple of games for the Chippewas in 2007 but only threw 12 passes.
His big opportunity came in 2008.
He was given the chance to come into the game after Lefevour hurt his ankle in the Temple game. Brunner guided the team to a big win on CMU's Homecoming.
The next week versus Western Michigan, Brunner got his first start in two years, guiding Central to a big rivalry win throwing for 341 yards and running for 36. Leading CMU to a 38-28 over WMU.
Brunner has always been a active person. Helping with football camps, going to various schools for recess with the Chippewas, and participating in a host of other activities.
He is also a very good leader with his team as he was voted team captain for the 2008 season as a backup quarterback.
He has also been academic All-MAC several times. He received the Boyden award, which embodies everything previously mentioned.
Most importantly, Brunner is an all-around great person who will be remembered as a leader and good athlete at CMU.