- Career & Game-By-Game Statistics
Has played in 35 of a possible 37 games during his Mississippi State career on the offensive line, starting 24 times ... Last season, started all 12 games at center ... In 2008, Started 11 games at center and one at offensive guard ... After practicing on both sides of the ball during his redshirt freshman season, he settled in at offensive guard ... Came to Starkville as a standout two-way prep lineman, initially in the Mississippi High School ranks and then in Georgia when Hurricane Katrina displaced his family for his senior campaign.
Became vocal leader of an offensive line that paved the way for the Southeastern Conference's leading rushing attack (227.6 yards per game) ... Started all 12 games at the center position ... Played 65 snaps and posted an 80 percent grade with six knockdowns against Jackson State ... Posted a team-high 86 percent with three knockdowns against Auburn ... Helped pave the way for State to rush for 260 yards against Vanderbilt, posting an 81 percent blocking grade ... Recorded an 87% grade with six knockdowns while playing all 87 snaps against LSU ... Led the team with a remarkable 95 percent against Georgia Tech ... Helped State rush for 209 yards on 38 carries ... Again played every snap and tied for the team lead with an 87 percent grade against Houston ... Also credited with six knockdowns ... Played in every snap for the sixth straight game as State ran for 178 yards and three scores against Middle Tennessee ... Graded out at 90 percent against Kentucky with seven knockdowns as he helped pave the way for Anthony Dixon to run for 252 yards and State to rush for 348 and three touchdowns ... Recorded an 82 percent blocking grade against Alabama, often facing defensive standouts Terrance Cody and Ronaldo McClain... Helped clear the path as Mississippi State rushed for 114 yards against Alabama, becoming only the second team to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Tide this season ... Recorded a 91 percent blocking grade against Arkansas as State rushed for 327 yards, the most by a Bulldog team since 2004 ... Racked up a 93 percent grade in the season finale win over the Bulldogs in-state rival ... State ran for more than 300 yards for the third time in four games, punishing the Rebel defense with 59 carries for 317 yards.
Started all 12 games on the offensive line for the Bulldogs, 11 times at the center position and once at offensive guard . . . Was on the field for 65 of a possible 72 offensive snaps at Louisiana Tech in the season lidlifter, his first career start . . . Tallied a 78 percent blocking grade with five knockdown blocks in Ruston . . . Turned in a team-high 89 percent blocking grade on 55 offensive snaps one week later in the Bulldogs’ home-opening win over Southeastern Louisiana . . . Was second on the club with seven will-breaker blocks . . . Was on the field for all 61 offensive plays against Auburn in the SEC opener . . . Tallied a team-best 83 percent blocking grade with a line-high nine pancake blocks . . . Turned in an 80 percent blocking grade one week later at Georgia Tech, tying for second on the club with six knockdown blocks . . . Was on the field for all 59 offensive snaps at LSU in Week 5 . . . Finished second on the line with an 83 percent blocking grade . . . Played all 73 offensive snaps in the Bulldogs’ 17-14 win over Vanderbilt, despite missing practice time most of the week due to injury . . . Tallied an impressive 85 percent blocking mark against the Commodores with a team-best 10 knockdown blocks . . . Went all 63 plays and had a 77 percent blocking mark in Week 7 at Tennessee . . . Went all 64 offensive snaps and graded out at a team-best 88 percent mark against Middle Tennessee at homecoming . . . Moved over to left guard for State’s Week 10 game at Alabama and went all 57 snaps at his new position . . . Tallied a team-best 81 percent blocking score against the Crimson Tide . . . Was on the field for all 76 offensive snaps in the team’s Week 11 victory over Arkansas, scoring an 85 percent blocking mark . . . Credited with five knockdown blocks against the Razorbacks . . . Started in the season finale at Ole Miss.
Played in 11 games during his redshirt freshman season, seeing action as a reserve at offensive guard from the season’s outset . . . Only missed playing time during Week 3 game at Auburn and in the Week 5 contest at South Carolina . . . Logged increased playing time as the season developed . . . Settled in at offensive guard during pre-season camp and moved to second on the depth chart after missing substantial time the previous spring with a shoulder injury . . . Was on the field for 12 offensive snaps in State’s season opener vs. LSU . . . Scored an 81 percent blocking grade against the Tigers . . . Was again on the field for 12 plays one week later in the team’s win at Tulane . . . Turned in a solid 82 percent blocking mark in the victory over the Green Wave . . . Recorded two perfect snaps in State’s Week 4 win over Gardner-Webb . . . Added two more flawless snaps two weeks later in the Bulldogs’ 30-13 win over UAB . . . Was on the field for six mid-game snaps against Tennessee in Week 7 . . . Had an 83 percent blocking mark with a pair of knockdown blocks against the Volunteers . . . Beginning with MState’s Week 8 game against West Virginia, he began seeing more field time and he responded with a blocking grade just over 80 percent for the remainder of the season . . . Saw substantial work for the first time at West Virginia in Week 8 . . . Was on the field for 23 offensive plays against the Mountaineers, scoring an 86 percent blocking grade with three pancake blocks . . . Played 26 snaps at Kentucky in Week 9, scoring an 88 percent blocking mark, a grade that tied for the team lead . . . Recorded three will-breaker blocks against the nationally ranked Wildcats . . . Was on the field for nearly half the game (31 of 66 offensive snaps) in MSU’s Week 10 victory over No. 21-ranked Alabama, the most snaps of his redshirt freshman campaign . . . Recorded five knockdown blocks against the Crimson Tide . . . Played 30 snaps (out of 85) at Arkansas in Week 11 . . . Had a 77 percent blocking grade against the Razorbacks with three pancake blocks . . . Was on the field for 24 snaps in the Bulldogs’ 17-14 win over Ole Miss in the regular season-ending arch-rival game . . . Tallied an 81 percent blocking mark with a knockdown block against the Rebels . . . Saw substantial work in the Bulldogs’ post-season win over Central Florida in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Sat out his true freshman season . . . Saw scout team practice time on both sides of the ball at the line of scrimmage.
Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game . . . Credited with a 340-pound bench press max and a 5.0-second clocking in the 40-yard dash at the Rivals.com Louisiana Junior Day . . . Has benched 185 pounds 35 times, with a 385-pound max, according to the Scout.com website . . . Considered one of the top seniors in the state of Mississippi prior to his senior season by G&W Recruiting Report . . . Displaced by Hurricane Katrina for his senior year of high school, he finished his prep career at Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview High School . . . Helped Parkview to a 10-3 record during his senior campaign and into the state of Georgia playoff quarterfinals . . . Was a two-way tackle for the Class 5A Panthers, a team which finished No. 6 in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s season-ending final poll . . . Made 37 tackles with four tackles for loss on the season, a campaign that was interrupted for him at midseason by a broken left arm . . . Rebounded from that injury to earn first-team, all-Gwinnett County on the defensive line . . . Began his senior wrestling season at Parkview before returning to the state of Mississippi in January 2006 . . . Selected second-team, Class 4A all-state at offensive guard following his junior season at St. Stanislaus by the Mississippi Association of Coaches . . . Registered 62 tackles with six quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries during his junior campaign for head coach Casey Wittman at St. Stanislaus . . . Helped lead his team to a 9-2 record during his junior year . . . Also an outstanding wrestler and power lifter on the high school level . . . A three-time USA wrestling champion for Louisiana/Alabama/Mississippi region, he finished sixth nationally . . . Won a state wrestling championship in Louisiana all three years . . . Finished fourth in the 308-pound weight class in the power lifting meet during his junior season, despite weighing just 275 at the time . . . An outstanding student at the prep level, he had a 3.0-plus grade point average . . . Owned his own pressure washing business in high school . . . Other top scholarship offer: Rice . . . Committed to Mississippi State in September 2005.
Born Julio Cesar Brignone IV, 2-16-88, in Atlanta, Ga. . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Julio Brignone . . . Major is undeclared.