Impressive athlete who is listed as the No. 2 weakside linebacker entering fall camp ... appeared in nine games in 2003 in a reserve role ... should continue to get better as the season progresses.
Saw action in nine games ... 15 total tackles including one tackle behind the line of scrimmage ... five tackles at Syracuse (Sept. 20) ... five tackles (four solo) in season finale vs. Miami (Ohio) (Nov. 28).
Played as a reserve in all 12 games and finished the season with 29 total tackles, 13 of them unassisted ... registered three tackles for loss; totaling seven yards ... season-high five tackles against Ohio ... garnered the Big Stick award for a hit in the game against Western Michigan.
Bernard redshirted while practicing with the linebackers.
Graduated from Fort Myers' Bishop Verot High School in 2001 ... played for coach Jim Scarry ... rushed for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns on offense and tallied 72 tackles, seven sacks, five blocked punts and one touchdown on defense ... earned first team all-Southwest Florida and third-team all-state honors ... was MVP of the Lee County All-Star Game and was named Fort Myers News Press Player of the Week three times.
Bernard is a liberal studies major ... born Nov. 25, 1982, in Naples ... son of Louis and Jeanne Bernard.