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76 Gabe Brandner

2015: Listed as the starting left offensive tackle ... set to take over starting spot for graduated All-ACC tackle Takoby Cofield ... received Co-Most Improved Offensive Player honors along with wide receiver Terrence Alls following spring practice ... in five career games, has played 58 snaps. 

2014: Played in five games ... saw action versus Elon, Kansas, Tulane, Syracuse and North Carolina ... on the field for 58 total snaps.

2013: Did not see game action.

PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterman at Heathwood Hall under coach Jon Wheeler ... helped Heathwood Hall to consecutive state playoff berths in 2011-12 ... charted as the No. 78 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports.com ... earned first team South Carolina Independent School Association AAA all-state honors from the High School Sports Report following senior campaign ... all-area selection in 2012 by The State ... as a senior, graded out at 92 percent on offense while recording 68 tackles and 12 tackles for loss defensively ... earned South Carolina MVP honors at the eighth annual Oasis Shrine Bowl on November 24, 2012, in Mooresville, N.C. ... finalist for the National Football Foundation’s National High School Scholar-Athlete Award ... also lettered in baseball, basketball and track and field.

PERSONAL: Son of Antara and Thomas Brandner ... mother played tennis at the University of West Virginia ... father lettered two seasons (1974-75) as an offensive tackle under Hall of Fame head coach Bobby Bowden at the University of West Virginia, helping the Mountaineers to a two-year ledger of 13-10 including a 13-10 win over N.C. State in the 1975 Peach Bowl ... born February 15, 1995 ... majoring in evolutionary anthropology.

Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 275
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
City/State: Blythewood, S.C.
High School: Heathwood Hall
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