MSU rallies from 15-point deficit behind career game from Calan Crowder, but SIU scores final 10 points to earn the win
Brought down three ball carriers in the spring Maroon and White Game (4/26/14) and will push for a prominent role in the defensive secondary this fall.
2013: Earned Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer honors in 2013 after earning 9 starts at free safety and registering 57 tackles ... Was 6th on the squad in total stops and snagged a pair of interceptions, 2 sacks and 3 TFLs ... Ranked 35th in the MVFC in tackles per game (5.5) ... Ended season with career-high 10 stops against UNI (11/16/13), including 4 solo stops, an interception and a tackle for loss ... Notched a 43-yard interception return in home win over No. 24 Illinois State (9/28/13) ... Posted 9 tackles in games at Iowa (9/7/13) and at South Dakota (10/5/13), including a season-high 7 solo stops at Iowa ... Also had his first sack in Iowa game ... Brought down 7 South Dakota State players in home win over No. 15 Jackrabbits at Plaster along with a sack ... Secured 5 solo tackles and 6 stops overall in win at Western Illinois (10/26/13) ... Had 8 games with 5 or more tackles, including 7 in a row to end the season.
Los Angeles Pierce College: Saw significant playing time as a defensive back for Los Angeles Pierce College in 2012, helping the Brahmas to a 9-2 overall mark and Patriotic Bowl championship.
Delaware: Played in 9 games for the University of Delaware Blue Hens as a redshirt freshman in 2011, earning starting nods in the first two games of the season against Navy and West Chester ... Totaled a season-high 5 tackles in UD's season opener versus Navy ... Finished the season with 22 total tackles, including 1.5 stops for losses to help Coach K.C. Keeler's Blue Hens finish 7-4 ... Also saw action on special teams where he blocked a kick ... Redshirted the 2010 season as a true freshman.
High School: Enjoyed a standout prep career as a running back and defensive back at Caravel Academy ... Rushed for 1,247 yards and 19 touchdowns on 120 carries as a senior in 2009, ranking second in the state of Delaware in yards per carry (10.4) ... Also caught 17 passes for 302 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... Was a two-time all-state honoree (2008 and 2009) as a defensive back, as well as a third-team all-state running back in 2009 ... Finished his high school career with 2,475 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns...On the defensive side of the ball, brought down 73 ball carriers -- including 5 for losses -- to go along with 5 interceptions and one fumble recovery leading to a pair of defensive touchdowns as a senior ... Was a part of two teams that advanced to the state finals (2006 and 2007), as well as a state semifinal appearance in 2008 ... Also helped lead Caravel's basketball team to the 2008 Delaware state title and was a member of the school's 2007 Division II state champion 4x100 meter relay team.
Personal: Brandon James Cheaton was born 6/10/92 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... Son of Leo and Bernadette Cheaton ... Has three brothers, Leo, Jordan and Ryan ... Majoring in Criminology.