AT TECH: The leading tackler in Georgia Tech history and one of the top inside linebackers in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the nation . . . Second-team all-ACC selection . . . Teamed with Ron Rogers to give the Jackets an outstanding linebacker tandem . . . Preseason nominee for the Butkus Award as the nations top linebacker . . . Led Tech in tackles each of the last three seasons . . . Three-year starter at inside linebacker after playing as a true freshman at outside linebacker . . . Aggressive player with excellent quickness, speed and agility . . . Has added about 30 pounds since enrolling at Tech . . . Holds Tech strength records for linebackers with 402 pounds in the clean and 700 pounds in the squat . . . Runs under 4.5 in the 40 . . . Projected as the seventh overall pick (second among linebackers) in the 1998 NFL draft in the Oct. 20 issue of Sports Illustrated . . . Played in the Senior Bowl following his senior season.
Made 467 career tackles as he surpassed the previous Tech record of 437, set by Jerrelle Williams from 1988-91 . . . Averaged 12.8 tackles per game over his final three seasons . . . Recorded two of the top seasons in Tech history with 147 tackles as a junior, which is the fifth highest total by a Yellow Jacket, and 146 tackles as a sophomore for sixth place . . . Also finished sixth in Tech history with 25.5 tackles for loss (including sacks) . . . Started 34 straight games and 37 in his career . . . Elected one of Techs permanent team captains for 1997.
1997: Earned second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors . . . Techs leading tackler for the third straight year with 131 tackles . . . Ranked fifth in the ACC with 11.9 tackles per game . . . Also led the team with eight tackles for loss . . . Added two sacks, two interceptions, three pass breakups, eight pressures, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal.
Collected 17 tackles, including two tackles for loss, against Notre Dame . . . Returned an interception 25 yards to the one-yard line against Wake Forest and helped Tech hold the Deacons to just 55 yards rushing . . . Tied his career high with 20 tackles against Clemson . . . Had 15 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery against Virginia . . . Made 13 tackles against fifth-ranked North Carolina and intercepted a pass at the UNC 24-yard line. . . Had nine tackles, including a sack for a 17-yard loss against third-ranked Florida State . . . Played just 36 snaps in lopsided win over Boston College but made seven tackles and caused a fumble . . . Had nine tackles against Duke, when he broke the Tech career tackling record . . . Totalled 12 tackles, including two tackles for loss, against 14th-ranked Georgia, when he also blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the first half . . . Added 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and three pressures against Maryland . . . . Had a strong performance in the Carquest Bowl with 15 tackles, two tackles for losses, an interception and a pressure in Techs victory over West Virginia . . . Preseason third-team all-America by Athlon and second-team all-ACC selection by Lindys, which rated him the No. 15 inside linebacker in the nation.
1996: Techs top defensive player and the second-leading tackler in the ACC . . . Averaged 13.4 tackles per game . . . Also totalled four tackles for loss, three sacks, six pass breakups, six quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a caused fumble . . . Blocked field goals against North Carolina and Clemson . . . Played every snap in every game except lopsided games against Wake Forest, Duke and Florida State, with a high of 86 plays against Central Florida.
Equalled his career best with 20 tackles against Clemson, including 13 solo tackles . . . Made nine tackles with one tackle for loss and one sack against Wake Forest despite playing only the first half (39 snaps) in Techs 30-10 win in which the Deacons were held to just 22 yards rushing . . . Keyed an outstanding defensive effort in Techs 13-7 win over 12th-ranked Virginia . . . Made 15 tackles against the Cavaliers, with a sack, a pass deflection and a caused fumble . . . Recorded 11 tackles against Maryland, when he also recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass on the Tech eight-yard line and broke up another pass . . . Had 14 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack for an 11-yard loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback pressure against Georgia . . . Added 18 tackles against North Carolina and 15 against Navy.
1995: The leading tackler in the ACC, averaging 13.3 hits per game . . . Also contributed three fumble recoveries, four tackles for loss, five pressures and three pass breakups . . . Achieved double-figure tackles in the final nine games of the season . . . Made a career-high 20 tackles against Clemson, including 13 primary hits . . . Equalled that with 20 tackles against Georgia . . . Outstanding effort in Techs win over 17th-ranked Maryland with a game-high 13 tackles, one for a 10-yard loss, plus one pressure, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery as Tech held the Terps to a school record -30 yards rushing . . . Made 11 tackles against Duke plus a crucial fumble recovery on the Tech 33-yard line.
Contributed a key play to help preserve the 27-25 win over North Carolina when he deflected a pass into the arms of teammate Ron Rogers for a game-saving interception on the Tar Heels final drive . . . Also made 11 tackles against UNC . . . Collected 13 tackles against top-ranked Florida State and 15 against No. 16 Virginia . . . Notched 15 tackles, one TFL, three pressures and a pass breakup in win over Wake Forest . . . Missed all of spring practice with a knee injury . . . Sprained his right knee on the first day of spring drills but did not require surgery.
1994: Made an immediate impact in preseason camp as he earned a backup role at outside linebacker behind Don Hickson on the weak side . . . Totalled 43 tackles, including four for losses, along with one pressure, one pass breakup, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery . . . Displayed steady improvement throughout the season . . . Earned his first start against Western Carolina when Hickson was injured and made five tackles . . . Also started the final two games when Hicksons season was ended by an injury . . . Recorded a season-high 10 tackles against Wake Forest, including two tackles for loss . . . Made two tackles, one of them behind the line of scrimmage, and caused and recovered a fumble against Maryland . . . Had three hits with one tackle for loss and a pass deflection against Florida State . . . One of four true freshmen to see action on Techs defense.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coweta County Lineman of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . Played in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla. . . . Co-team MVP for coach Danny Kronic at East Coweta . . . Team captain and winner of the teams Scholar-Athlete Award . . . Helped lead East Coweta to an 8-2 record in 1993 . . . As a tight end on offense, he made 28 catches for 487 yards and five touchdowns that season . . . For his career, he made 53 receptions for 622 yards and seven touchdowns . . . From inside linebacker position had 62 solo tackles and 62 assists as a senior . . . Made 250 career tackles including 141 solos . . . Lettered three times in football.
PERSONAL: Full name is Keith Howard Brooking . . . Parents are Harvey Brooking and Brenda Hembree . . . Born October 30, 1975 . . . Majoring in Management.
GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 1997 Ply P-A-T TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR Notre Dame 74 10-7-17 2-4 Wake Forest 69 5-4-9 1-25 2 1 Clemson 75 10-10-20 Boston Coll. 36 2-5-7 1 NC State 57 8-1-9 4 Florida State 62 6-3-9 1-3 1-17 N. Carolina 83 7-6-13 1-0 Virginia 62 8-7-15 1-6 1 Duke 90 8-1-9 1-2 Maryland 73 5-6-11 2-3 3 Georgia 73 10-2-12 2-7 W. Virginia§ 65 5-10-15 2-5 1-0 1
1996 Ply P-A-T TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR NC State 64 13-1-14 Wake Forest 39 4-5-9 1-1 1-7 1 No. Carolina 66 11-7-18 Duke 33 5-4-9 Virginia 72 10-5-15 1-6 1 1 Clemson 72 15-5-20 1 Central Fla. 86 4-10-14 1-5 1 3 Florida State 52 5-3-8 1-1 2 Maryland 68 9-2-11 1 1-0 1 Navy 61 9-6-15 1 Georgia 66 7-7-14 1-4 1-11 1 1
1995 Ply P-A-T TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR Furman 31 3-4-7 1 Arizona 56 5-4-9 Virginia 64 6-7-13 0.5-3 Maryland 75 6-7-13 1-10 1 1 1 Duke 57 6-5-11 1 No. Carolina 68 7-4-11 1 1 Florida State 75 4-9-13 Clemson 73 13-7-20 Wake Forest 85 9-6-15 1-1 1 3 NC State 66 6-8-14 1-1 Georgia 78 11-9-20
1994 Ply P-A-T TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR Arizona 21 3-0-3 W. Carolina 63 3-2-5 Duke 27 3-2-5 NC State 15 2-0-2 N. Carolina 24 1-2-3 Virginia 22 2-0-2 Maryland 19 2-0-2 1-3 1 1 Florida State 34 3-1-4 1-2 1 Clemson 23 2-1-3 Wake Forest 40 8-2-10 2-4 Georgia 43 2-2-4 1
Career Highs Tackles: 20 vs. Clemson, 1995 (13 pri, 7 ast); Georgia, 1995 (11 pri, 9 ast); Clemson, 1996 (13 solo, 2 pri, 5 ast); Clemson, 1997 (6 solo, 4 pri, 10 ast) TFL: 2 vs. four teams (most recent: Georgia, 1997) Sacks: 1 vs. five teams (Most recent: Virginia, 1997) FC: 1 vs. Maryland, 1994; Virginia, 1996 FR: 1 vs. seven teams (Most recent: Virginia, 1997) Int: 1 vs. Maryland, 1996; Wake Forest, 1997; UNC, 1997 PR: 4 vs. N.C. State, 1997 PB: 2 vs. Florida State, 1996; Wake Forest, 1997 BK: 1 vs. North Carolina, 1996 (FG), Clemson, 1996 (FG); Georgia, 1997 (FG)
CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS P-A Tkl TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR 1994 11-3 31-12 43 4-9 0 1 1 0 1 1 1995 11-11 76-70 146 4-14 0.5-2 0 3 0 3 5 1996 11-11 92-55 147 4-13 3-24 1 2 1-0 6 6 1997 11-11 79-52 131 8-19 2-23 0 1 2-25 3 8 Total 44-36 278-189 467 20-55 5.5-49 2 7 3-25 13 20