Overview
Jasper Brinkley is a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, who selected him with the 150th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Brinkley played four seasons of college football, including two at South Carolina. Brinkley is 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs 275 pounds.
Prep & Junior College
After playing at Thomson High School in Thomson, GA, Brinkley enrolled at Georgia Military College. He earned team MVP honors in both 2005 and 2006, garnering the attention of Division I programs. Brinkley had offers from Arizona State, Baylor and Kansas State, but chose to sign with South Carolina after making a campus visit in December of 2005.
South Carolina Career
Brinkley led the Gamecocks in tackles in 2006 with 107, including 85 solo tackles. His 8.2 tackles per game ranked fourth in the SEC and his 14.5 tackles for loss led SEC linebackers. Coming off his 2006 season, Brinkley was a preseason first team All-SEC selection in 2007, and had 21 tackles in four games of action. However, he suffered a sprained right knee against LSU, causing him to miss the rest of the season. Brinkley received a medical redshirt for 2007 and returned to South Carolina for 2008. He had 65 total tackles as a senior, good for third on the team. In his final college game, he led South Carolina with 11 tackles in the Outback Bowl against Iowa, also picking up an interception in that game. After the season, Brinkley was chosen to participate in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game.
NFL Career
Brinkley was selected in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Before the 2009 season, Brinkley signed a contract with Minnesota. Terms were not disclosed.

Brinkley spent most of his rookie season as a reserve, but moved into the starting lineup for Week 14, after E.J. Henderson suffered a broken leg.
Personal
Brinkley's twin brother, Casper, was a teammate of his at South Carolina, before joining the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2008.
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