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Honoring the Seniors: Wide Receiver Darren Waller

He's a guy with which I've had issues until this season.

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As a Recruit:

Coming from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, GA, Waller was a three-star safety that committed to Tech over reported offers from Kentucky, Illinois and Marshall.

Waller's great-grandfather was the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller, so take a listen to some of his stuff while you read the rest of this article.

As a Player:

As a freshman, Waller didn't do a whole lot. He played in 12 games as one of Tech's top reserve players, but spent most of his time on special teams where he forced a fumble.

As a sophomore, Waller began to accumulate more stats as a receiver. He played in all 14 games that season, starting 10 of them, including the final six.

He totaled up eight catches for 162 yards including a 68-yard grab against North Carolina.

As a junior, Waller's role only continued to grow. He finished the season with four starts in 12 games and hauled in 17 receptions for 367 yards (a team-best 21.6 yards/catch).

He had two big catches toward the end of the season. The first was a 68-yard reception against the dwags. The other was this beauty against Ole Miss.

And then this year, it felt like everything clicked for Waller and he was just a season-long highlight reel. In just his first game back from suspension, he was able to make this spectacular catch.

He had a nice touchdown on a fade route against the dwags this season. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the video for that. These next two are really something though. With Smelter getting hurt against uga, Waller became the go-to guy for Tech's last two games. He responded pretty well.

Against Florida State, Waller stepped up in a big way after it seemed the game was in FSU's favor. Justin Thomas and Waller put the team on their backs and put together a nice drive that ended with this nice TD catch.

And finally, Waller got the Orange Bowl started off with a bang. Waller gave Tech a 14-0 lead with this long TD-grab.

In his senior year, Waller played in 12 games, starting eight of those. He caught 26 passes for 442 yards and six touchdowns.

Waller brought his career on the Flats to a fitting end when he graduated this past December with a bachelor's degree in Management.

Thank you, Darren, for everything you've accomplished both off the field and on it. We wish you the best of luck at the next level!