A couple more Jackets took home All-Conference honors following impressive showings during the regular season yesterday when it was announced that Adam Gotsis and Freddie Burden had been named to Coaches' All-ACC team. Gotsis, whose 2015 season was cut short by a targeting suspension versus North Carolina and then ended abruptly by a knee injury, also received All-ACC honors from the media earlier this offseason. Burden, Georgia Tech's starting center, is the third offensive lineman for the Jackets to earn All-ACC honors of some sort after Trey Braun and Bryan Chamberlain were named to the aforementioned All-ACC media team along with Gotsis.
Georgia Tech picked up commit number nine for the recruiting cycle a couple of days ago when it was announced that Sonoraville's Kenny Cooper, a former Western Kentucky commit, had flipped to the Jackets from the Hilltoppers. Cooper, who has been lightly recruited at the FBS level, currently has more offers from FCS teams than anything else. He projects as a guard at the college level and is either a two or three-star recruit depending on which site you look at. He is not the same type of player as Jordan Johnson, but his presence will go a long way towards filling the void left by the former Yellow Jacket commit.
The three finalists for the Heisman Trophy were announced over the weekend, namely Alabama's Derrick Henry, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey. I'm admittedly not 100% sure how the finalists are selected -- this trio hardly represents the fan vote, at least the last time I checked -- but you really can't argue with this field. All three players are more than deserving of the trophy and all for completely distinct reasons. If I had a vote, I'd be quite conflicted as to who I'd go for. It would probably come down to either Watson or McCaffrey with McCaffrey -- who broke Barry Sanders' record for all-purpose yards -- likely winning out. I know that all the buzz down here in Georgia has been over Derrick Henry, an absolute beast of a running back, but McCaffrey has just been too fun to watch. It will be interesting to see who wins what should be the first toss-up Heisman in years.
In fact, the upcoming Heisman vote could be the closest in a very, very long time -- almost every stat you look at seems to favor a different contender. Derrick Henry is clearly a phenomenal player -- and one who will fit in with any team at the NFL level, of course -- but his accomplishments this year have just not been as impressive as those of some others. That isn't to say that he isn't possibly a generational talent, but others have been statistically better. I can't wait to see how the experts vote this year.
Who is your vote for Heisman out of the three finalists?