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With Georgia Tech's new multi-year APR (academic progress rate) standing at 980, HC Paul Johnson's $100,000 contract bonus has gone into effect.

The Yellow Jackets posted a single-year APR mark of 974. Johnson's crew merely had to hit 950 for him to earn his bonus. Among the other coaches to take home some extra ice cream money on the basis of how their kids performed when hitting the books, Gus Malzahn ($75,000), Ed Orgeron ($75,000) and Will Muschamp ($50,000) all took home nice bonuses. Two other APR notes: Northwestern's 997 multi-year mark led all FBS programs, while Florida State's multi-year mark of 941 scraped the bottom of the barrel.
May 23 - 4:01 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt senior T Jake Stickler has retired from football due to an undisclosed health concern.

In a statement released on Monday, Yellow Jackets HC Paul Johnson expressed sadness that Gray and also-retiring S A.J. Gray (heart) had to call an end to their football careers, but if we're to look for a slight positive bent on these departures, both young men will be allowed to stay on scholarship as they finish up their academic careers at the university. For his part, Stickler was a 10-game starter at right tackle for the past campaign. He appeared in 20 total games during his active career.
May 8 - 12:06 PM

Georgia Tech senior S A.J. Gray has retired from football due to a heart condition.

Gray (6'1/218) will remain on scholarship at Georgia Tech, but will no longer count against the 85-man limit for the football program. His stepping aside marks a major departure for the Yellow Jackets, as the senior had been working as a starting safety each of the past two seasons. During the 2017 campaign, Gray registered 54 tackles and a pair of interceptions. He finishes up his playing career in the program having seen the field for 33 total games over the course of the past three campaigns.
May 8 - 11:58 AM

Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ken Sugiura reports Georgia Tech Senior WR Brad Stewart is their No. 1 wide receiver.

A former three-star recruit from Savannah, Georgia, Stewart only has 30 receptions for 574 yards and one touchdown through three seasons at Georgia Tech. Behind Stewart, the Yellow Jackets will line up junior Jalen Camp as their No. 2 with sophomore Stephen Dolphus, sophomore Jair Hawkins-Anderson, and freshman Adonicas Sanders battling for the No. 3 job.
Apr 18 - 8:25 PM

Georgia Tech HC Paul Johnson said after Monday's practice that redshirt freshman DL Cortez Alston has left the team.

Alston (6'3/247) made the decision to step aside from the Yellow Jackets prior to the start of spring practice on March 26, but that information has just now become public. While there's no immediate word on whether Alston will be transferring to a different program, that's the logical assumption to make with this story. Alston was a three-star recruit in the 2017 recruiting class and one of the headliners in Georgia Tech's NSD haul last winter.
Apr 10 - 4:28 PM

Georgia Tech signed HC Paul Johnson to a three-year contract extension.

Johnson had three seasons remaining on his deal prior to receiving this extension. No longer, though, as he's inked up through the 2022 season. This move by the Yellow Jackets is one which we've heard as in-progress for a while now. While Johnson and crew struggled to a 5-7 record for the past campaign, he's found consistent success with the program on the whole in posting a 75-54 record since he was hired in advance of the 2008 season. He's posted just one losing campaign in conference play since assuming the helm of the ship.
Apr 6 - 5:36 PM

Georgia Tech received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 RB Devin Ellison.

Ellison (5'9/195) will likely slot in as an A-back for HC Paul Johnson and staff once he hits campus next winter/spring. The Jacksonville native ranks as the No. 40 running back prospect in the 2019 class by Rivals metrics. With Ellison in the fold, the Yellow Jackets are now up to two commitments in the cycle.
Apr 3 - 2:05 PM

Georgia Tech is close to finalizing an extension with HC Paul Johnson lasting through the 2022 season.

These extension talks were ongoing during the 2017 season. Johnson's camp was specifically angling for a five year, rather than three-year extension, as he noted that three years would not have sat well in the living rooms of potential recruits. Since Johnson took over as head coach with the university in 2008, he's guided the Yellow Jackets to a 75-54 record. They'll be looking to bounce back from a bowl absence when they start the upcoming campaign after managing just a 5-7 record during the 2017 regular season.
Mar 27 - 4:58 PM

Georgia Tech WR Ricky Jeune posted a 40-yard dash time between 4.52 seconds and 4.56 seconds during this week's pro day.

Jeune measured in at a healthy 6-foot-2, 214 pounds and put up a vertical jump of 36 inches in addition to his solid run through the 40-yard dash. While the wideout was never the focal point in HC Paul Johnson's triple-option attack at Georgia Tech, he nonetheless finished with 500-plus receiving yards in two of three seasons. He remains somewhat raw as a prospect, but there's talent to sculpt here for a late Day 3 selection or a priority undrafted free agency shot.
Mar 17 - 2:15 PM

Georgia Tech signed previously uncommitted three-star 2018 LB Justice Dingle in December.

Dingle picked the Yellow Jackets over schools such as Louisville, Tennessee, Kentucky and Purdue. He was rated the 25th best inside linebacker by 247 Sports, and the fourth best player in the state of Kentucky in their composite rankings. He could be a contributor either on special teams or as an inside backer for Georgia Tech during the 2018 campaign.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 26 - 6:47 PM

Georgia Tech received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 S Jeremiah Smith.

Smith is ranked as the 101st best wide receiver in the 2019 class by 247 Sports composite rankings. He picks the Yellow Jackets over offers from schools like Cincinnati, Iowa State, Indiana and West Virginia, just to name a few. Reports indicate that the three-star safety has quality size (6'2/180) and does a nice job breaking on the football.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 23 - 8:49 PM

Georgia Tech hired Wofford DL coach Jerome Riase to serve in the same capacity.

Riase comes over to Georgia Tech after spending the past four seasons at Wofford, where he helped coach a defensive line that was one of the best in the FCS at slowing down the run. This new gig with the Yellow Jackets will be his first coaching at the FBS level.
Jan 26 - 11:07 AM

The College Football Playoff committee has added six new members to replace outgoing parties.

The six new members in question are Arizona State journalism professor Paola Boivin (who previously worked as a columnist at both the Arizona Republic and Los Angeles Daily News), Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione, Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury, Florida AD Scott Stricklin, former USC All-American DB Ronnie Lott and the retired Ken Hatfield, who served as head coach at Rice, Clemson, Arkansas and Air Force. These six will be serving three-year terms on the committee.
Jan 17 - 2:01 PM

Georgia Tech hired Wofford DC Shiel Wood to serve as safeties coach.

Wood has been with Wofford for the past two seasons, with the 2017 campaign his first as the team's defensive coordinator. He earlier coached with the team from 2007-12, the latter two years in that stint coming under DC Nate Woody -- now Georgia Tech's defensive coordinator.
Source: Rivals
Jan 12 - 4:36 PM

Jack Reale, the attorney for Georgia Tech HC Paul Johnson, said that his client is close to netting a two-year extension with the program which would keep him with the team through the 2022 season.

Nothing has been finalized as of yet, but Reale said that he expects Johnson's extension to be completed "shortly." This is very much a show of good faith by the Yellow Jackets, who are sticking by Johnson despite the fact that Tech has put in seasons of three and five wins in two of the past three campaigns. Wedged in-between, a 9-4 run in 2016. In total, Johnson has led his team to four seasons of at least nine wins during his decade at the helm.
Jan 11 - 4:44 PM


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