Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Georgia Tech redshirt senior Jamal Golden "has proved to be a terrific athlete on special teams and he's put those traits to use as a rising star at safety," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst ranks Golden as the No. 19 safety in the country. "His development was put on hold thanks to a shoulder injury that limited him to three games in 2013, but he returned last season to post 61 tackles, four interceptions, four tackles for loss and three forced fumbles," Brown wrote. In 2012, the dynamic Golden returned two kicks for touchdowns and averaged 14.6 yards per punt return. The 6-foot, 193-pound Golden is far more valuable on defense.
Jun 28 - 10:41 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes that Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas "lacks prototypical size and passing talent but he has a huge heart and the playmaking ability to ring up touchdowns on the ground and in the air."

"Few will be as fun to watch on Saturdays this season," Zierlein wrote. We second that notion. Though Thomas isn't likely to play quarterback in the NFL, he is a favorite of this section for his mastery of the triple-option offense and joystick agility in close spaces. Thomas (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) had 190 carries for 1,086 yards last season. If he improves his mediocre completion percentage (51.3) and Georgia Tech contends for the conference title, Thomas could enter the Heisman race as a sort of new-age Eric Crouch.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 11:05 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Georgia Tech redshirt senior Jabari Hunt-Days "has the physical makeup to be a disruptive force."

"The Georgia Tech coaches have been impressed with his move inside, a position that better fits his skill set, according to defensive coordinator Ted Roof. Hunt-Days has the physical makeup to be a disruptive force, but also the instincts and quick-thinking approach to the game that will serve him well moving forward," Brugler wrote. As a sophomore, Hunt-Days recorded 45 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, with one interception and one forced fumble. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-3, 261-pound Hunt-Days was unable to play last season, because he did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements. However, he should be eligible to play if all goes well with summer school. Brugler adds that Hunt-Days "added 35 pounds over the last year and is making the transition to defensive tackle."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 3:32 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt senior Jamal Golden "has terrific play recognition off the ball with the read/react skills to diagnose," observes CBS Sports'Dane Brugler.

"He is an adequate size/speed specimen for the position, but he will have trouble when asked to man up with tight ends and bigger targets, struggling to gain body position and find the ball. However, Golden has terrific play recognition off the ball with the read/react skills to diagnose, bait and close with burst to make a play at the catch point," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 193-pound Golden suffered a shoulder injury three games into the 2013 season and was forced to miss the rest of the year. In 2014, Golden returned, recording 61 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and seven passes defended, and tied for a team-lead four interceptions. Golden is also the Yellow Jackets' primary kick returner and punt returner. In 2012, Golden ranked in the top 10 nationally in both kickoff returns and punt returns.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 2:47 PM

Georgia Tech junior DL Adam Gotsis'"hustle and smarts allow him to be active and a headache for offenses," according to CBS Sports Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Australian recorded 36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, with two blocked kicks on his resume in 2014. Gotsis has made an impact on the Yellow Jackets defense since his arrival as a freshman, and is headed for his third year as a starter. The Georgia Tech prospect has developed into one of the ACC's top pass rushers.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 2:08 PM

NFL Media ranks Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas as the ninth-most versatile player in the nation.

"The triple-option quarterback who gave Florida State's defense fits last year in the ACC title game is back to confound defenders once again," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Thomas, one of the most gifted running quarterbacks you'll ever see, had 190 carries for 1,086 yards last season. This year, bumping up that mediocre completion percentage (51.3) could put him in line for postseason awards.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 8:24 PM

Georgia Tech dismissed redshirt junior RB Dennis Andrews from the football program.

Andrews ran for 106 yards on 16 carries last season. This year, he was expected to see playing time behind primary A-back Broderick Snoddy, who is still on the mend from a broken leg suffered last season. Now, it appears that Snoddy will split time with walk-on Isiah Willis. Redshirt freshmen Clinton Lynch and Qua Searcy are slated to back them up.
Jun 2 - 9:11 PM

Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas is "the most capable passer [HC Paul] Johnson has had as Yellow Jackets coach," writes ESPN's Jared Sanker.

Johnson, a wizard with the ball in his hands, posted 1,086 rushing yards last season as a sophomore in the triple-option scheme. But don't forget about his passing ability: Thomas boasted an 18/6 TD/INT rate and averaged 9.2 yards per attempt. "The Yellow Jackets are among the favorites to win the ACC in 2015 in large part because of Thomas, as the Jackets are rebuilding at the other offensive skill positions," Sanker wrote. Thomas, 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, very likely won't be an NFL quarterback, but he should be able to carve out a niche in the pros due to his tremendous running ability.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 9:13 PM

Georgia Tech junior DL Adam Gotsis is "one of the more underrated returning defensive players in the ACC," wrote Fox Sports' Lauren Brownlow.

"He came to Georgia Tech a raw talent that's developed into an elite pass rusher," Brownlow wrote. "He has size, strength and speed, and he's helped Georgia Tech's defense make some pretty significant improvements. If he has a big senior year, he has a real chance to go in the first few rounds." The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Australian is still acclimating to American football, but the upside here is very real.
Source: Fox Sports
May 17 - 6:54 PM

Lions signed Georgia Tech S Isaiah Johnson to a three-year contract that includes a $12,000 signing bonus.

It is a big bonus for an undrafted free agent, which suggests Johnson has a good shot to make Detroit's final roster. At 6-foot-1, 202, Johnson has the size and physicality to be a factor as a box safety. Johnson recorded 275 tackles over his four-year Georgia Tech career.
May 9 - 6:54 PM

Stanford graduate FB Patrick Skov will transfer to Georgia Tech.

The Cardinal rely on their full back play, and Georgia Tech does the same but in a different way. Skov is the younger brother of Shayne Skov. He will be eligible to play immediately.
May 5 - 12:56 PM

Cowboys signed Georgia Tech RB Synjyn Days.

Days (6'1/232) was a rotational back in the Yellow Jackets' triple option, finishing his career with 255 carries for 1,396 yards (5.47 YPC) and 18 TDs. He only caught seven passes in college. Davis showed lackluster athleticism at his Pro Day, running 4.60/4.61 with a 9-foot-8 broad jump. Like Anthony Allen and Jonathan Dwyer before him, Days' college production was likely the product of Paul Johnson's system. We projected Days as a possible No. 3 back/special teamer before the draft. The fact that he landed in Dallas makes him slightly interesting.
May 5 - 1:07 AM

Seahawks signed Georgia Tech LB Quayshawn Nealy.

Nealy (6'0/236) made 46 career starts at Georgia Tech, compiling 16 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and eight interceptions. He was a third-team All-ACC pick as a senior. Nealy was a good middle linebacker in college, but athleticism and size deficiencies will likely limit him to special teams.
May 4 - 4:57 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt freshman B-back C.J. Leggett will miss the season after tearing his ACL.

Leggett was expected to start after sitting out his freshman season. "We’ll miss C.J. He’d been working hard," head coach Paul Johnson said. "I feel bad for him. But you’ve got to go with a next man up mentality." Marcus Allen will likely start now, per Ken Sugiura.
May 4 - 12:30 PM

Ravens selected Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller with the No. 204 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Waller (6'6/238) made 22 starts in four seasons at Georgia Tech, tallying 51 receptions for 971 yards (19.0 YPR) and nine TDs. A freakish athlete for his size, Waller ran 4.46 in Indianapolis with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Waller needs a lot of technical work — most Yellow Jackets wideouts do — but he's smart (34 Wonderlic score), flashed dominant high-pointing ability in the ACC and offers starting-caliber upside as a vertical weapon.
May 2 - 4:38 PM


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