Defensive tackle Brandon Adams quite familar with Vanderbilt

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Brandon Adams knows the Yellow Jackets’ next opponent as well as anyone on his team. Adams was committed to Vanderbilt for several months before changing his mind days before national signing day and deciding to become a Yellow Jacket, signing this past February.

“A lot of the guys that are on the team there are my friends, and we’ve played against each other and we’ve played with each other,” said Adams, who is from Brentwood, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville. “It’s friendly competition.”

Adams may see some of that competition. The Mercer game was the first in the first-year freshman’s career, and, playing in the final two series of the game, he did well holding the point in the running game. He could be useful against Vanderbilt, which has a 63/37 run/pass ratio and employs a downhill, power-running style.

As he helpfully noted, “I’m big.”

Adams is 6-foot-2 and 337 pounds, down 12 pounds from when he first arrived at Tech but still the heaviest player on the Tech defense. Conditioning may be a challenge for extended spurts, as he admitted that he was “gassed a little bit” from his stint against Mercer.

“Brandon’s learning,” defensive line coach Mike Pelton said. “Of course, you want to get him more reps. He’s just trying to catch up to the speed of the game right now, but he’s working in practice.”

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