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Early Bird 2017
Duke Football BIO
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Gabe Brandner
Player Profile:
Gabe Brandner 1423737
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 285
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Blythewood, S.C.
High School: Heathwood Hall Episcopal

2017: Returning starting left offensive tackle ... preseason All-ACC selection by Lindy's Sports (3rd team) and Athlon Sports (4th team) ... missed the contact portion of spring practice while recovering from surgery performed on November 20, 2016, to repair a fractured left ankle suffered in Week 11 of the 2016 season at Pittsburgh ... in 29 career games (24 starts), has played 1,923 snaps ... enters the season as Duke's most experienced offensive player ... joins C Austin Davis and OG Zach Harmon as the three returning starters along the offensive front ... one of three Duke offensive linemen with 850+ career snaps of experience, joining Davis (996) and Harmon (869) ... candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for excellence in community service ... candidate for the Wuerffel Trophy, an honor presented annually by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement ... recipient of a 2017 ACC Top 6 for Service honor for excellence in community service ... two-time Academic All-ACC selection.

2016: Academic All-ACC pick ... started the first 11 games of the season at left tackle before suffering a season-ending fractured ankle at Pittsburgh ... underwent surgery to repair the fracture on November 20 ... part of a Blue Devil offensive line that helped Duke finish the season as one of four ACC schools to complete at least 62 percent of its pass attempts along with a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio, joining Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech ... helped the Blue Devils rank fourth in the ACC in third down percentage during league play ... member of Duke's offensive front that helped produce four 200-200 performances as the Blue Devils posted 200+ rushing and 200+ passing yards versus N.C. Central, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and North Carolina ... helped open holes for a rushing attack that rushed for 227 yards versus No. 15 North Carolina, 227 yards against No. 23 Virginia Tech and 254 yards at Georgia Tech, marking the first time during head coach David Cutcliffe's tenure that the Blue Devils carded three consecutive games of 200+ rushing yards against ACC opponents ... part of a Duke offensive unit that was the lone ACC squad to have zero turnovers in the red zone in league action ... contributed to the success of QB Daniel Jones, who finished second in the balloting for ACC Rookie of the Year honors after setting or matching 23 school records including most total offensive yards by a freshman (3,322) ... helped open holes for RBs Jela Duncan and Shaun Wilson, who combined to rush for 1,073 yards and 10 TDs while averaging 4.49 yards per carry ... aided the Duke rushing attack that was one of two in the ACC to have three players with 450+ yards and 4+ TDs on the year, joining Georgia Tech ... on the field for 803 snaps.

2015: First team CoSIDA Academic All-District III selection ... Academic All-ACC pick ... started all 13 games at left tackle ... helped the Blue Devils finish third in the ACC in total offense, fifth in scoring offense, fifth rushing offense and fifth in passing offense as Duke joined Clemson and North Carolina as the only schools to rank among the top five in all four categories ... part of an offensive front that ranked second in the ACC and sixth nationally in fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (4.15) ... key member of an offense that matched the school single-season standard with eight games with 30+ points, equaling the record set in both 2012 and 2013 ... helped open holes for a rushing attack that averaged 192.92 yards per week – Duke's highest mark since 1977 – as the Blue Devils ranked tied for first in the ACC and 10th nationally with six rushes of 50+ yards with a league-best four players (QB Thomas Sirk [803], RB Shaquille Powell [542], RB Jela Duncan [460] & RB Shaun Wilson [424]) totaling 400+ ground yards ... contributed to the success of Sirk, who compiled the second highest single-season total offensive yardage total (3,428) in Duke history, trailing only Anthony Dilweg's 3,713 total yards in 1988 ... provided protection for QBs Sirk and Parker Boehme as the tandem threw for 3,204 yards with 18 TDs against 10 INTs ... aided an offense that ranked among the national leaders in total first downs (24th), fourth down conversion rate (25th), sacks allowed per game (27th), third down conversion rate (33rd) and total offensive yards per game (36th) ... in the 44-41 overtime win over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, helped Duke compile 536 yards of total offense (373 rushing & 163 passing) as the Blue Devils had three players (Sirk [155], Duncan [109] & Wilson [103]) rush for 100+ yards for just the second time in school history ... on the field for 1,062 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: Born February 15, 1995 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2017 with a degree in evolutionary anthropology with a minor in chemistry ... currently pursuing a master's degree in liberal studies ... high school teammate of current Duke linebacker Brandon Hill ... 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.

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