Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tech LBs Learned by Example

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tech LBs Learned by Example

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ATLANTA -- Keith Brooking and Ron Rogers finished up at Georgia

Tech as the No. 1 and No. 3 tacklers in school history. Their

most important contribution, however, could be the standard they

set for how linebacker should be played.

That may help coach George O'Leary's rising program for years

to come.

"They had a certain tempo in practice," O'Leary said. "All of

those guys who played with them now know what it takes to be

successful at that position."

Brooking, a first-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons, will be

replaced by senior Justin Robertson, a dependable backup the

past three years. Rogers, a sixth-round pick of the Washington

Redskins, will be replaced by Matt Miller, who played in five

games as a freshman last year.

The pair should give Tech one of the ACC's better linebacking

tandems again.

"People don't believe me, but they're not missing much at

linebacker," Brooking said. "Justin Robertson is going to

impress people like you wouldn't believe. And Matt Miller is

going to be a great player. He's going to come on strong this

year, and by his junior year, he's going draw a lot of


Tech's aim is to build on the tradition that Brooking and

Rogers began. Robertson, Miller, Delaunta Cameron, Donte Booker

and Matt Uremovich -- athletes with better speed and range than

Tech had been able to recruit previously -- may make that


Players such as Brooking and Rogers not only raise the bar by

example, but they also tend to attract other talented players at

the same position. There are countless examples in recent and

not-so-recent college football history.

Penn State became known as Linebacker U. because of the run of

stellar players Joe Paterno had at the position.

Southern Cal's incredible train of tailbacks started with 1965

Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett and continued with O. …

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