Posted: 7:02 am Friday, July 11th, 2014

Brown adds bulk to Tech offensive line 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech incoming freshman Gary Brown brings plenty of muscle to the roster.

Brown is his high school’s record holder for the deadlift at 605 pounds. Brown, one of six incoming freshmen on the offensive line, can also bench press 345 pounds and squat 565 according to his Rivals recruiting profile page.

There is a reason Brown’s Twitter handle is @PrinceDeadLift. The deadlift is a measure of lower-body power, not a small factor in successful offensive line play. That said, the workout plan sent to him by Tech coaches after his signing, to be done prior to his enrollment in June, was still an adjustment.

“It was tough at the beginning because I wasn’t really used to it, but as you start doing it more, it gets easy,” Brown said.

The most challenging aspect, Brown said, was the running, but he found that it trimmed fat weight. Brown is 6-foot-3, 295 pounds.

Brown said the plan is for him to play guard. He played both guard and tackle at Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., where he graduated with honors.

“My main goal is to work hard and try my hardest my freshman year to try and start,” he said.

With Shaquille Mason and Trey Braun both returning as starters at guard, it’s not likely he would dislodge either, but he could be a candidate to make the two-deep depth chart. The whole of the second string lacks significant experience, so there could be some shuffling as preseason practice begins.

It was a group that Brown was eager to join, speaking before his arrival to campus. In his recruitment, Brown said he appreciated “how all the other teammates, they treat you like you’re one of them, even though you’re not on the team yet.”

He said that offensive line coach Mike Sewak, who had recruited him, “was kind of different from all the other coaches” and treated him like family. Brown chose Tech over a slew of offers including Nebraska, N.C. State and Kentucky.

Brown will wear uniform No. 73, previously worn by offensive tackle Chris Griffin, who moved to No. 72, which Morgan Bailey wore before graduating.

 

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27 comments
drydirtroad
drydirtroad

This kid is alot stronger than I was in Florida HS in '69. He is 6'3", I was 5'9", he is 295, I was 185, I deadlifted 325, saw the bar bend and bend back when I put it back down on floor, he deadlifts 605. I Tech grad of '73, hope this kid plays for Tech and helps the team. I recall Rock Perdoni back then playing for Tech, and he was real strong and became a college All-American, getting on the Bob Hope national tv show introducing college All-Americans.

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

Wow...Paul Anderson type numbers.  Hope he can move/block many people.

...saw a shoe add that utilizes "zero drop technology". Hope Tech adopts this in the few passes TimB will attempt!

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

What is the word on the UGA transfer that just appeared on the roster?

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

This is what a good line prospect looks like.   He routinely was able to collapse the entire defensive line, which is what you want to see if you don't know the level of competition he was facing.   He appeared to move well and was able to manipulate the defensive linemen on multiple occasions.  

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Birmingham_Jacket......if not mistaken GT signed 6 'O' linemen in this class.  I would say that is going in the right direction.  It appears other coaches on your staff can recruit, not just Ted Roof.  Just a word of caution.  You need to curtail this recruiting momentum, it is making other team fans mad.  So Stop It.  Stop It Now.

forexbomb
forexbomb

Looks like a good fit!  Your right Birmingham..  We get manhandled on both sides of the ball...  The wins will start coming with more of these big uglies....

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Big Welcome to a big man, can't wait to see you moving them out of the way!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

This is what Tech needs!  More good offensive and defensive linemen.  IMO differences in the LOS is why we can't beat VT, Miami, Clemson and UGA.  Also, BYU absolutely dominated the LOS in our bad losses to them the past 2 years.

Radar123
Radar123

Ken, I am curious who put together the art work on the tickets for the 2010-2011 basketball season. They were by far the best tickets GT has ever made. Each of the 18 tickets has a picture of one of the top 18 past players at Tech. Maybe they should be given free reign to design football tickets, maybe using pictures of past All Americans and having it run for more than one year to accommodate that group. What company did the work and were they ever used again?

TLawre7096
TLawre7096

Maybe he will be an inspiration to the other linemen, O and D to get stronger and be able to handle those SEC linemen.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

@BigTimeJacketFan


Met him at the spring game, Will Bryan's (current 2015 commit) brother, played baseball at UGA, 6'4" 240 LB possible B-Back. Very fast. May play baseball also but will have to sit out one year.

Father played for UGA

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

@Quackmeyer It's not making me mad. I'm a UGA alum who hopes UGA wins the SEC and hopes Tech wins the ACC.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket Our offensive line had injuries and consistency issues last year, but aside from the VT game, im not sure you can really blame those losses above on them. You shouldn't have to score 40+ a game to have a chance to win.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Birmingham__Jacket @GTBob We had 3 sacks versus that "monster" BYU oline.  4 against Clemson, 5 against uga, 2 against VT, 2 against Ole Miss and 1 against Miami who basically just handed off to Duke Johnson all day.  So basically, half (17) of our 34 sacks last year (25th in the nation) came against the toughest half of our schedule.  Not really sure where you keep getting this idea that our defensive LOS wasn't any good.  They stopped the run and pressured the QB.  Isn't that what they are supposed to do?

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@AugustaJacket @Birmingham__Jacket @GTBob

Sorry pal.  Sacks isn't the only stat that matters.  When you're getting lit up for 400 and 300 yards in the air and 55 and 41 pts (clemson and uga) you've got some defensive line issues.  The line got their arses handed to them by Miami too--- absolutely blown off the ball.  To suggest otherwise means you've never played or don't understand football.  

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Birmingham__Jacket "When you're getting lit up for 400 and 300 yards in the air and 55 and 41 pts (clemson and uga) you've got some defensive line issues."

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OR...  you have a secondary that was depleted by injuries.  (Wait, we lost Johnson & Golden for pretty much the entire season)


As for the playing football issue, I both played and understand football.  What's unclear is whether you comprehend how facts work in a debate.  You seem to think that just because you feel something is so, then it must be so.  Facts often seem to be your undoing.


BTW, it was you who said that our sacks only came against the FCS schools on the schedule and not the better teams.  If you keep spouting off without facts, I'll be happy to keep proving you wrong.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Birmingham__Jacket


To suggest otherwise means you've never played or don't understand football.


Ah, yes, the old appeal to personal experience.   Sorry, dude, but whether someone has played a down or not is irrelevant to the analysis.   You said we struggled to pressure the quarterback.   Sacks is a pretty strong way to gauge the pressure we're putting on the quarterback.   You still haven't isolated the variable.   

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket It depends on how much of that you attribute to the defensive line. Losing our top two safeties last year to start the season wasn't very helpful and Louis Young didn't have a very good season. Our secondary was basically Jemea Thomas.

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

Perhaps Bham thinks that is what is wrong with johnson....he never played!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@GeorgeStein 

You didn't know that you have to have played CFB at a high level to know anything about it?

That is why Bill Belichick (Wesleyan, D III) and Chip Kelly (UNH) have such awful records.  Not to forget George O'Leary, who never played college football.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Mike Leach didn't play college football either and he will be the next HC at GT. GTBobby is working on the deal.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@PaulinNH For real.   Bill Walsh played the same number of downs in the NFL as I did.

Radar123
Radar123

@PaulinNH

O'Leary was mediocre until Freigen arrived.

I got the impression the hire was forced on him.

His first choice was very predictable. (Huxtable?)

Freigen, at the time according to ESPN on Thrusday Night Football, was the highest paid coordinator in the country.

Clemson is doing that - paying coordinators a lot to get top talent -  to make up for Dabo's shortcomings upstairs.