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Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 285
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Blythewood, S.C.
High School: Heathwood Hall Episcopal

Bio

CAREER: Lettered four (2014-15-16-17) seasons … three-time Academic All-ACC pick in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District III honoree in 2015 and 2017 ... recipient of a 2017 ACC Top 6 for Service honor for excellence in community service … recipient of a 2018 ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, a postgraduate scholarship worth $5,000 … named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for excellence in community service during 2017 season … a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy and William V. Campbell Trophy as a senior … played in 41 games and started the last 36 at center … on the field for 2,704 career snaps … helped Duke to 28 wins over four seasons, three bowl game appearances (2014 Hyundai Sun, 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl and 2017 Quick Lane Bowl) and two bowl victories … one of just 13 Blue Devils in program history to play in two bowl wins, helping Duke capture the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl and 2017 Quick Lane Bowl … one of just three to start both bowl victories, joining linebacker Ben Humphreys and wide receiver T.J. Rahming.

2017: First team CoSIDA Academic All-District III selection ... Academic All-ACC pick … named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for excellence in community service … a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy … a William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist … started all 12 games played … missed the Florida State contest due to a hamstring injury ... member of an offensive front that helped Duke close the year as one of six ACC teams to compile 2,200+ rushing yards and 2,700+ passing yards, joining Clemson, Louisville, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest ... helped the Blue Devils rank tied for fourth in fewest sacks allowed per game and fifth in first downs per game in the ACC in league action ... member of Duke’s offensive line that assisted in producing three 200-200 outings as the Blue Devils posted 200+ rushing and 200+ passing yards versus N.C. Central, Northwestern and Northern Illinois ... helped open holes for a Duke rushing attack that featured three players with 500+ ground yards for the first time in school history (Shaun Wilson — 818, Brittain Brown — 701 & Daniel Jones — 518) as the trio combined for 2,037 yards and 20 rushing TDs ... the Duke trio was one of just two in the ACC to post 500+ rushing yards and 6+ rushing TDs each, joining Clemson ... in the Week 11 win over Georgia Tech, helped Duke rush for a season-high 319 yards against a Yellow Jacket defense that entered week allowing 124.9 yards per game to rank second in ACC and 23rd nationally ... in the 36-14 victory over Northern Illinois, provided protection and opened lanes for MVP Daniel Jones to complete 27-of-40 (.675) passes for 252 yards and two TDs and rush for a game-high 86 yards and one TD as Duke set or matched Quick Lane Bowl team records for total TDs (5), total first downs (27), rushing attempts (52), rushing TDs (3), total plays (92) & time of possession (38:21) ... played 781 snaps.

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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