Over the next couple of weeks, FTRS will be taking a moment to honor each of this year's senior class. In advance, we would just like to say thank you for the hard work and dedication you have put into Georgia Tech, both on and off the field.
As a Recruit
Trey Braun committed to Georgia Tech at the end of his junior year on April 9, 2010 out of Tallahassee, Fl. The two coaches who headed up his recruiting -- Todd Spencer and Charles Kelly -- both left after his arrival. The old Atlanta SB Nation site (yes, that was a thing and still kind of is) spoke very highly of Braun:
Braun is a beast, coming in as one of the tallest and heaviest players in the class. He is very powerful and knows how to use that strength. In high school, he was a heavyweight wrestling champion in Florida with a 33-2 career record and finished third in a national AAU competition. Braun was the only member of this class to enroll early, so he will have an extra semester of weight room training and all of spring practice to get him ready for college play.
Enrolling early, Braun was well on his way to a successful career at Georgia Tech.
On the Field
As a true freshman in 2011, Braun redshirted and was named the top back-up at right guard in 2012. In that year, he appeared in eight games.
The next year, Braun really started to make an impact. Early in the season, left tackle Ray Beno went down with an injury, so the Jackets shifted Will Jackson, who had been playing guard, over to left tackle to fill in, which allowed Braun to have a starting job, making his first career start against BYU. He never relinquished that job.
The next season was one that everyone remembers very fondly. The offensive line was at its absolute peak, allowing less than a sack per game (0.79 sacks to be specific) and also paved the way for the offense itself to post Georgia Tech records in rushing yards with 4,789 and rushing yards per game with 342.1.
Unfortunately, that success didn't continue into this year for the offensive line. Nobody is still entirely sure what happened, but Braun continued to be a solid player from the guard position and was named honorable mention All-ACC by the ACSMA.
Off the Field
While Braun was pretty much always overshadowed at the guard position by Shaq Mason -- who was in the same class as Braun -- he made just as much of an impact in the academic side of things, being named to the ACC Honor Roll in three of his five seasons on the Flats.
Braun is also a fantastic follow on Twitter, if you don't already follow him, @T_Braun78.
There, you can get some excellent commentary on football and really whatever he wants to talk about. You can also keep up with his journey as he prepares himself for the 2017 Rome Marathon. You can get more information on how to follow his journey here and an article from the AJC about Braun's journey here.
Thank you for all of the hard work and dedication you put in on the Flats, Trey! We'll be cheering you on as you continue preparing yourself for Rome!