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 nation?s 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 Tech?s permanent team captains for 1997.
1997: Earned second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors . . . Tech?s 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 Tech?s victory over West Virginia . . . Preseason third-team all-America by Athlon and second-team all-ACC selection by Lindy?s, which rated him the No. 15 inside linebacker in the nation.
1996: Tech?s 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 Tech?s 30-10 win in which the Deacons were held to just 22 yards rushing . . . Keyed an outstanding defensive effort in Tech?s 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 Tech?s 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 Hickson?s 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 Tech?s 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 team?s 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