By Gene Sapakoff (The Post and Courier)
Fifth-year senior offensive tackle who is the most experienced returning offensive lineman on the squad... a 2015 postseason honors candidate... will miss the spring after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in the offseason to repair a torn labrum... has made 36 career starts over the past three seasons, by far the most on the squad... brings a streak of 35 consecutive starts into 2015... a two-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2014: Big right tackle who started every game... named to Phil Steele’s second-team midseason All-SEC unit... was a preseason second-team All-SEC selection by Steele and a third-team pick by the league’s coaches... recognized as the Outstanding Weight Room award winner for the offense at the 2014 spring game... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2013: Sophomore who held down the right tackle position... started all 13 games... presented with the Everyday Effort award at the 2013 Garnet & Black Spring Game.
2012: Redshirt freshman offensive lineman... earned Freshman All-SEC honors and was named first-team Freshman All-American by FoxSportsNext.com... started 10 of the 13 contests... made his first career start as the left tackle at Vanderbilt in the season opener... did not start the next three games while transitioning to his more comfortable right side... returned to the starting lineup as the right tackle at Kentucky and held that spot for the remainder of the season... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... shared Most Improved Offensive Lineman accolades at the 2012 Garnet & Black Spring Game with Will Sport.
2011: Redshirted as a true freshman offensive lineman... saw action for four plays in the season opener against East Carolina... was hampered for much of the season with a shoulder injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: Standout offensive lineman for head coach Chuck Reedy at Goose Creek (S.C.) High School, graduating in 2011... helped his team to the Class 4A Division II state semifinals as a senior... selected as the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier's Player of the Year... earned a spot on the prestigious PARADE All-America team... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and in the U.S. Army All-American Game... a four-star prospect who was listed as the state's third-best player, the fourth-best offensive tackle in the country and the 66th-best player regardless of position by Rivals.com... regarded as a five-star prospect and the fifth-best offensive tackle by Scout.com... four-star prospect, ranked No. 77 in the country, the number three recruit in the state and the 12th-best offensive tackle in the nation, according to 247Sports.com... ranked 78th in the PrepStar 150... named first-team All-American by MaxPreps... also played basketball... had offers from all over the Southeast before selecting Carolina over Alabama and Clemson.
PERSONAL: Brandon Shell was born February 6, 1992... is a sociology major... great uncle is NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell.