By DAVID BOCLAIR
An initial autopsy on Brentwood Academy graduate Brandon Adams was inconclusive, and more extensive tests are required to determine the cause of death, WSB-TV (Ch. 2) in Atlanta reported Monday.
Adams, a defensive lineman at Georgia Tech, died unexpectedly Saturday. Campus police reportedly told Atlanta Police Department investigators that the 21-year-old collapsed at a home near campus. Friends took him to Emory Midtown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A memorial service to remember Adams was held on campus Monday evening. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that approximately 400 people, including 15 members of Adams’ family attended. Half a dozen speakers gave tributes to the 6-foot-2, 325-pounder affectionately known as ‘Big B.’
“Brandon impacted a lot of us in a very special way, and it’s our charge to carry that on moving forward, but, again, this is a tough time for everybody involved in the organization,” coach Geoff Collins said in a news conference following the service, the Journal-Constitution reported.
Collins added the last time he spoke to Adams was following a workout on March 15, just before spring break.
“I remember Brandon just hugging me — he’s a big guy and squeezing me tight — and just told him how much I care about him and love him,” Collins said. “He was great as always, so he will be greatly missed.”
Georgia Tech’s captains voted to go forward as planned with spring practices, which are scheduled to start Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets’ uniforms next season will include a patch with Adams’ number 90 in his honor.
Adams was a part of multiple state champion football and track and field teams at Brentwood Academy. At Georgia Tech, he majored in business administration.
“On this side of heaven, we lost a great champion,” Georgia Tech chaplain Derrick Moore, who officiated the memorial service, said in his opening remarks. “A great human being.”