The last couple weeks, FTRS has been honoring the seniors and now that's coming to a close. Not everybody who came and played at Tech made quite the same impression as others. We're going to take this last chance to honor the last few players here.
They are b-back Matt Connors, kicker (and future president) Andrew Chau, wide receiver Corey Dennis, defensive end Adrian Gardner, linebacker Tremayne McNair, a-back Sam McNearney, linebacker Joshua Rogers, wide receiver Matt Serpico, wide receiver Will Smith and defensive end Kyle Travis.
Connors walked on with Tech prior to the 2010 season after playing fullback and linebacker at Marist School in Alpharetta, GA. In his redshirt freshman season, Connors carried the ball one time for 12 yards against Kansas and that was the only action he saw that entire season.
The next year was better. He saw action in 12 games, including the final 10 and had a breakout game of sorts against Virginia where he carried the ball four times for 43 yards and a touchdown.
As a redshirt junior, Connors only saw more action. He played in all 13 games, carrying the ball 16 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns. What was incredible for Connors that season was that it was his first year under scholarship.
Connors finished his career at Tech in style. He was named Special Teams Player of the Year. He blocked a punt against Tulane.
He finished his career with Tech with 45 carries for 278 yards and six touchdowns. Thank you Matt for your contribution and your dedication on the Flats.
Chau joined the team in 2011, but only ever got one game where he played. That came in 2013 against Alabama A&M.
In that game, Chau went 4-for-4 in PAT attempts. One really exciting thing about his career was that in every game in which Chau hit a PAT, Tech went onto win.
Thank you, Andrew, for your hard work and dedication here on the Flats. Good luck in your future presidency.
Dennis also joined the team in 2014, but he played in a lot more games than Chau did. In fact, Dennis set the record and played in 54 career games.
Coming to Tech as a defensive back, Dennis stayed there for a year before switching to wide receiver. He recorded his first career reception this past year against N.C. State.
He'll be pretty good off I think. Not only did he graduate in December with a bachelor's degree in Management, but he'll also be going to Ohio State to join his future father-in-law as a graduate assistant. Did I mention that he's marrying Urban Meyer's daughter? I guess that's pretty cool.
Thank you, Corey, for your hard work and dedication on the Flats. Congrats on the wedding and best of luck at Ohio State. Hope you can teach those receivers how to block.
Gardner was another walk-on that joined the team in 2011. He played in 13 games on the Flats and totaled two tackles while also performing consistently on the scout team.
Thank you, Adrian, for your hard work on the Flats. Best of luck in the future.
McNair joined the team in 2011 and have any stats to record until his junior year in spite of appearing in 19 games in his first two season as a back-up and on special teams.
In the nine games in which he appeared his junior season, McNair had two tackles in a win over Alabama A&M.
His senior year was his best statistically. He played in 11 games, recording seven tackles, a sack and a pass break-up. His best game came in relief of the injured PJ Davis against uga this season.
In that game, he registered three tackles and a sack.
Thank you, Tremayne, for your hard work and dedication on the Flats. Best of luck in the future.
McNearney joined the team and redshirted in 2010. He had eight total appearances in his five seasons on the Flats. He graduated this past December with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Thank you, Sam, for all your hard work and dedication on the Flats. Best of luck in the future.
Rogers joined the team and redshirted in 2010. He spent most of his career on the scout team for Tech. He did see action against Elon and Alabama A&M in his redshirt junior season.
He graduated this December with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering.
Thank you, Joshua, for all your hard work and dedication on the Flats. Best of luck in the future.
Serpico came to Tech in 2011 as a linebacker before moving to wide receiver in the spring of 2013. He saw action in four total games in his redshirt sophomore and junior seasons, but did not record any stats.
Thank you, Matt, for all of your hard work and dedication on the Flats. Best of luck in the future.
Smith came to Tech in 2011. He saw action in four total games between his redshirt sophomore and junior seasons, but did not record any stats.
Thank you, Will, for all of your hard work and dedication on the Flats. Best of luck in the future.
Travis joined Tech in 2011 and saw playing time in each of his four seasons on the Flats. The majority of his playing time didn't come until his senior season when he was named the starter during part of the season.
He played in 11 games this season, starting four of them, and registered 10 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. His best game came against Duke. He finished the game with a career-best four tackles with one for a loss and also broke up a pass.
Thank you, Kyle for all of your hard work and dedication on the Flats. Best of luck in the future.
Thank you to all of the seniors again for all of the hard work and dedication!