6’0″ 245 pounds; Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
We now go to another transfer. Bryce Brand has truly been all over the country. Initially from Michigan’s Wayne County, Brand attended Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif., which is in Contra Costa County. He went from Northern California to the East Coast, as he spent three seasons with the Maryland Terrapins.
Brand then transferred to the West Virginia Mountaineers last year. Now, though, after transferring again, he’s back in the Midwest. He also should help shore up the issues the Bowling Green Falcons had in their rush defense last year.
At UMD, Brand was a defensive lineman, and in 2019, he had four tackles for a loss, a sack and 12 tackles, eight of which were solo. He has since moved over to an edge rusher at BGSU, and his main job will be to wreak havoc in the backfield and make big plays.
Given the fact that Tennessee football will employ a vertical passing attack under Josh Heupel, the Vols need to contain Brand at all times. They need time for the receivers to get downfield, and Brand could blow that up quickly. This is what makes him another defensive specialist the Vols need to key on. He could be for BGSU what UT expects Tyler Baron to be for them.