BRUCE'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Graduated from Liberty High 2002...earned eight letters competing in basketball and track, along with football, where his coach was Steve Valach...as a JUNIOR started at quarterback and linebacker, where he was named honorable mention All-Kingco...SENIOR year named a Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...team finished 4-5 overall and 4-5 in the Kingco Conference...all-league first team pick as a linebacker and the second team quarterback...passed for 718 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 602 yards and six touchdowns...nominated to play in All-State game...selected Eastside Journal athlete of the week after leading Liberty to a 17-7 victory over No. 7 Newport.
BRUCE'S WSU CAREER
FRESHMAN (2002-03): Redshirt season...earned defensive scout of the week honors leading up to Idaho and Washington games.
RS-FRESHMAN (2003-04): V-letter...Games - 13...Starts - 0...only tackle in first college game a 10-yard sack against Idaho...recovered a fumble and had two tackles at Colorado...single tackles against Oregon, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon State and UCLA...only tackle at Stanford a 14-yard sack...one tackle against Texas in the Holiday Bowl...earned the following weekly team awards: Big Hit - Oregon. Special Teams: KO returns.
RS-SOPHOMORE (2004-05): V-letter...Games - 11...Starts - 11...earned the following weekly team awards: Cougar Claw Defense - Oregon...finished the year ranked tied for 8th in sacks with 0.59/game and 5th in fumbles recovered at 0.27/game...moved into the starting lineup in the spring...started the season with six tackles at New Mexico and also had six against Oregon, including two sacks, a fumble caused and a fumble recovered...had five tackles at Arizona with two TFLs...recovered a fumble against Colorado...against Stanford made four tackles, including one sack and two TFL's...the next week at Oregon State had six tackles with one TFL...made a career-high nine tackles against USC, with two TFLs...also shared one sack...the next week at UCLA also had nine tackles, made one sack and recovered one Bruin fumble...participated in at least one TFL in all but the Colorado game and had sacks in eight games.
RS-JUNIOR (2005-06): V-Letter...Games - 11...Starts - 11...earned the following four weekly team awards: Cougar Claw Defense - Idaho/Oregon; Pac-10 Defensive POW nominee - Grambling State/Stanford. Special Teams: Punt, KO Return...finished the season fourth in tackles with 67 and led the team in TFL (15), sacks (10) and fumbles recovered (2)...tied for team lead with three forced fumbles...Pacific-10 Conference second team and ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team...Ted Hendricks Award candidate...WSU's Defensive MVP, Leon Bender Defensive Lineman of the Year Award...made a career-best 11 tackles against Stanford, along with two sacks and three tackles for loss...outstanding game against Oregon with nine tackles, including two sacks and 3.5 TFLs...also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble against the Ducks...tied for 7th on WSU's single season sack list and tied for 10th in TFLs.
CAREER STATS: Games - 35...Starts - 22...one TFL short of the WSU career top 10 list and ranks ninth in sacks.
PERSONAL: Mkristo Bruce... pronounced M-kristo...born October 16, 1984...mother Julianne Bruce...has three brothers, Mtume, Sheadrah, and Julian, and four sisters, Malaika, Maisha, Timia, and Heaven...Bruce and his fiance Evelyn Nicole Taylor gave birth to their son, Mkristo Jr., May 26, 2005...general studies major at WSU.
DEFENSE G/GS TT PT AT TFL SACKS PI/YDS
2003 13/0 9 4 5 2/-24 2/-24 0/0
2004 11/11 60 29 31 12.5/-49 6.5/-30 0/0
2005 11/11 67 45 22 15/-59 10/-52 0/0
CAREER: 35/22 136 78 58 29.5/-132 18.5/-106 0/0