Brooks earns ACC honors

By Anthony Rhoads

Going into the 2004 season, Maryland's C.J. Brooks was touted as one of the best offensive lineman in the nation and he has lived up to those expectations.

Brooks, a fifth-year senior from Morrow, has been named to the All-ACC team as a first-team selection for the second season in a row.

Brooks, a guard, was one of three Maryland players named to the All-ACC first team this season.

Brooks was named a pre-season second-team All-American selection this year by Athlon and Playboy.

"I think it's really great he got it," Morrow athletic director Tom Van Tone said. "He was a great player for us and he's doing great at Maryland. With his size, I think he'll play at the next level."

The 6-5, 322-pound lineman is considered to be a top prospect in the 2005 NFL draft. He's ranked No. 81 in the draftshowcase.com top 100 prospects and the No. 3 offensive guard in football.com's draft rankings.

Brooks, a 2000 Morrow graduate, was an honorable mention Class AAA all-state selection and first-team all-area selection in both his junior and senior years.

In 1998, he was on the Morrow football team that went 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the Class AAA state tournament.

Brooks not only played football but was also on the basketball, wrestling and track and field teams.

Here are some of his highlights during his career at Maryland:

2003: He started all 13 games at left guard and finished the year with a team-high 37 "big blocks" while committing just one penalty and allowing just one sack in 740 plays.

2002: He started all 14 games, 13 at left guard and one at left tackle. He was an honorable mention All-ACC selection and recorded a team-high 53 "big blocks".

2001: As a red-shirt freshman, he started every game including the Orange Bowl. He capped the year by being named a third team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.