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Gabe Brandner
Player Profile:
Gabe Brandner 1423737
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 285
Year: Redshirt Junior
City/State: Blythewood, S.C.
High School: Heathwood Hall
2016: Returning starting left offensive tackle ... preseason fourth team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... in 18 career games (13 starts), has played 1,120 snaps ... joins OT Casey Blaser and OG Tanner Stone as the three returning starters along an offensive front which helped Duke join Clemson and North Carolina as the only three schools to rank among the ACC’s top five in both scoring offense and total offense and must replace two All-ACC honorees in OG Lucas Patrick and C Matt Skura ... one of three Duke offensive linemen with 1,000+ career snaps of experience, joining Blaser (1,976) and Stone (1,088) ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, led the offensive line unit with a vertical jump of 28.0 inches.

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 ... 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 ... high school teammate of current Duke linebacker Brandon Hill ... majoring in evolutionary anthropology.

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