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Brandon Fusco
G #63
Height:
6-4
Weight:
306
Age:
26
College:
Slippery Rock
Hometown:
Cranberry TwnSp., PA
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2016 PRE):

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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
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TOTAL 53 50
2015 MIN 16 16
2014 MIN 3 3
2013 MIN 15 15
2012 MIN 16 16
2011 MIN 3 0

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BIOGRAPHY

2015 GP/GS       Career GP/GS         Playoffs GP/GS

    16/16                   53/50                        2/2

• The highest-drafted player from Slippery Rock in school history and 1st to be invited to Senior Bowl and Combine. 

• High school teammates with Packers G/T Don Barclay at Seneca Valley High and remains close friends.

• Part of Vikings OL in 2012 that started all 16 games as a unit, paving the way for Adrian Peterson to earn NFL MVP honors and rush for 2,097 yards, the 2nd-best total in NFL history.

OFF THE FIELD Majored in safety and environmental management at SRU, earning degree in December 2010...Has a twin brother, Josh, who played rugby at Clarion University...High school honor roll student...Helped teach kids about outdoor activities and fishing at the annual Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest in 2013, sponsored by Minnesota Bound TV...High school teammates with Packers G/T Don Barclay at Seneca Valley High and remains close friends...Had his jersey #74 retired at Slippery Rock in  Spring 2016 and was inducted into SRU Athletics Hall of Fame.

2015 GP/GS       Career GP/GS         Playoffs GP/GS

    16/16                   53/50                        2/2

• The highest-drafted player from Slippery Rock in school history and 1st to be invited to Senior Bowl and Combine. 

• High school teammates with Packers G/T Don Barclay at Seneca Valley High and remains close friends.

• Part of Vikings OL in 2012 that started all 16 games as a unit, paving the way for Adrian Peterson to earn NFL MVP honors and rush for 2,097 yards, the 2nd-best total in NFL history.

OFF THE FIELD Majored in safety and environmental management at SRU, earning degree in December 2010...Has a twin brother, Josh, who played rugby at Clarion University...High school honor roll student...Helped teach kids about outdoor activities and fishing at the annual Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest in 2013, sponsored by Minnesota Bound TV...High school teammates with Packers G/T Don Barclay at Seneca Valley High and remains close friends...Had his jersey #74 retired at Slippery Rock in  Spring 2016 and was inducted into SRU Athletics Hall of Fame.

PRO Moved from RG to LG for 2015 and started every game for the NFC North champions...Helped Adrian Peterson lead the NFL in rushing for the 3rd time in Peterson’s career in 2015...Signed a contract extension with the Vikings prior to the 2014 opener...Started the opening 3 games of the 2014 season before being placed on injured reserve with pectoral injury suffered at New Orleans (9/21/14)...Started all 15 games he appeared in during 2013, missing only the game vs. Philadelphia (12/15/13) due to a knee injury...Helped the Vikings rush for an NFL-best 23 TDs during 2013...Started all 16 games and Wild Card playoff game in 2012 at RG...Helped Peterson lead the NFL in rushing for the 2nd time in his career, the only Vikings player who has led the League in rushing...Saw time in 3 games during rookie season...Spent 13 weeks of his rookie season as an inactive player or did not play as he learned the NFL game...Became the 5th overall player and the highest-drafted player selected from Slippery Rock at #172 overall...Was the 1st SRU player to earn invites to the Senior Bowl and to the Scouting Combine.

2015 Moved from RG to LG and started every game, helping Adrian Peterson lead the NFL in rushing for the 3rd time in his career and for the 2nd time with Fusco in the starting lineup...The Vikings line started every game as a unit for the NFC North champions, the only line in the NFL to do so in 2015...Part of an offensive line that paved the way for the #4-ranked rushing attack...Peterson amassed 1,485 yards and 11 TDs en route to 1st-Team All-Pro honors, a Pro Bowl berth and winning the FedEx Ground Player of the Year...Peterson broke the 100-yard mark 7 times on the season and had a season-best 203 yards at Oakland (11/15), matching the NFL record with O.J. Simpson for most career 200-yard games.

2014 Started the 1st 3 games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury at New Orleans (9/21)...Placed on injured reserve on 9/24..Signed a contract extension just prior to the beginning of the season...Part of an OL unit that didn’t allow a sack in the 1st game of the season at St. Louis (9/7), just 1 of 5 teams to do so...Aided the Vikings rushing attack as they went for 186 rushing yards on the day...Protected rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater in his 1st appearance, at New Orleans (9/21), before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the season.

2013 Made 15 starts during his 2nd season as a full-time starter at RG...Part of an offensive line that helped the Vikings finish 8th in the NFL in total rushing yards (2,081) and 1st in rushing TDs (23)...Helped pave the way for Adrian Peterson’s 79-yard TD run on the Vikings 1st offensive play of the season vs. Detroit (9/8)...Helped the team set a season-high 232 total rushing yards in a tie at Green Bay (11/24)...Blocked for Adrian Peterson’s season-best 211 rushing yards on a career-high 35 carries vs. Chicago (12/1)...In the final game of the season and at Mall of America Field at HHH Metrodome vs. Detroit (12/29) helped Matt Asiata to rush for a career-high 115 yards.

2012 Stepped into starting lineup at RG in his 2nd season...Part of Vikings offensive line that started all 16 games and the Wild Card playoff game as a unit...Started 1st career game in season opener vs. Jacksonville (9/9)...Helped Peterson bounce back from severe knee injury to rush for 2,097 yards, the 2nd-best single-season performance in NFL history, en route to earning NFL MVP honors...Peterson matched his own team record with 10 games of 100+ yards on the season.

2011 Saw action in 3 games...Made NFL debut vs. Green Bay (10/23), getting time at RG in place of injured Anthony Herrera...Helped Adrian Peterson rush for season-high 175 yards in Packers game...Played at RG at Washington (12/24).

COLLEGE Ended collegiate career as one of the most decorated players in Slippery Rock history...Recognized by SRU in a 2016 ceremony in which his jersey number (74) was retired, just the third such honor in program history...Was 1st player in SRU history to be invited to NFL Scouting Combine and play in the Senior Bowl...Winner of the Gene Upshaw Award (top Division II offensive lineman) and the Division II Rimington Award (top centers in college football)...Earned All-America honors as a senior from AFCA, Daktronics and earned a spot on Associated Press Little All-America team honor non-Division I players...Named All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference - Western Division as a sophomore, junior and senior...Started all 44 games at Slippery Rock during his career...Named Offensive MVP as a junior...Moved from OT to C during spring practice of his redshirt freshman season...Redshirted in 2006.

PREP Standout OT at Seneca Valley High in Harmony, PA...Named to All-WPIAL Class AAA-1 team as a senior and was honorable mention Quad North All-Star as a junior...High school teammate of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Don Barclay.