Desmond Branch sees his move to end as a big move for Georgia Tech’s new defense
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Desmond Branch looks to imitate big brother, deliver big results at defensive tackle for Georgia Tech football
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2017: (Redshirt Junior, Georgia Tech): Started all 11 games at defensive tackle ... Totaled 20 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack ... Swatted down three passes -- was the only non-DB on the team with multiple pass breakups ... Opened the season with his second-highest tackle total of the season -- three vs. Tennessee (Sept. 4) ... Recorded a sack and one-and-a-half tackles for loss at Miami (Oct. 14) ... Notched a four-yard TFL at Virginia (Nov. 4) ... Turned in a career-best performance with seven tackles (five solo) to help lead Georgia Tech to a 28-22 win over No. 17 Virginia Tech (Nov. 11).
2016: (Redshirt Sophomore, Georgia Tech): Appeared in nine games as a reserve defensive lineman ... Recorded five tackles, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup ... Had a career-high two tackles versus Virginia (Nov. 19) ... Recorded QB hurries versus Vanderbilt (Sept. 17) and in TaxSlayer Bowl win over Kentucky (Dec. 31) ... Broke up a pass at Georgia (Nov. 26).
2015: (Redshirt Freshman, Trinity Valley C.C.): Logged 32 total tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and a team-leading seven sacks ... Signed a National Letter of Intent with Georgia Tech in December and enrolled at Tech in January 2016.
2014: (True Freshman, Univ. of New Mexico): Redshirted.
High School: Two-time first-team all-state and all-district honoree at Cleveland H.S. (coach Heath Ridenour).
Personal: Has three brothers ... Older brother, Alan Branch, played collegiate football at Michigan, was a second-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2007 and has won two Super Bowl championships as a member of his current team, the New England Patriots ... Desmond is believed to be the first Yellow Jacket in the modern era to hail from the state of New Mexico ... Majoring in business administration.
Tackles: 7 vs. No. 17 Virginia Tech, Nov. 11, 2017
Solo Tackles: 5 vs. No. 17 Virginia Tech, Nov. 11, 2017
Tackles for Loss: 1.5 at No. 11/10 Miami, Oct. 14, 2017
Sacks: 1.0 at No. 11/10 Miami, Oct. 14, 2017
Quarterback Hurries: 1, three times - last at. No. 11/10 Miami, Oct. 14, 2017
Pass Breakups: 1, four times - last vs. Wake Forest, Oct. 21, 2017