Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tackles Pave Way for Tech

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tackles Pave Way for Tech

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Jon Carman always hears the same words whenever fans talk about the Georgia Tech offense.

Joe Hamilton. Dez White. Kelly Campbell. Sean Gregory.

But Carman hardly ever hears these words: offensive line.

Still, there's no doubting that group's contribution to the team's high-powered offense, especially tackles Carman and Chris Brown. The two have led an offensive line that has helped the Yellow Jackets lead the nation with 509 yards of total offense -- 283.4 passing and 225.6 rushing -- this season.

Their contributions may have gone unnoticed by fans, but the two have gotten plenty of backslaps from teammates, coaches and awards presenters.

"The rest of the team knows," said Carman, Tech's most decorated lineman this season after earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team and The Sporting News second-team All-America honors. "We get the credit from them. Joe [Hamilton] is an incredible athlete, the receivers are great, the running backs are great, but we know we have our role."

Their role has been to protect Hamilton -- he's been sacked just 12 times -- and open holes for any of the three players who have started at tailback this season. They've done that pretty well, Tech head coach George O'Leary said.

"Jon Carman and Chris Brown have had good years," O'Leary said. "I think they're guys that have sustained. They haven't had injuries this year. They've stayed healthy, which is a key to being a solid football player. There's no question they both have the physical size you want at that position. And they've played very well throughout the season.

"When you're leading the country in offense, the people up front have to be doing their job."

Carman (6 feet 8, 335 pounds), at right tackle, and Brown (6-6, 315) give Tech one of the biggest tandems in the nation. …

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