Freshman B-Back Quaide Weimerskirch, who was expected to compete for the starting role with fellow freshman C.J. Leggett, has sustained a leg injury which will keep him out of commission for the rest of the spring and possibly into the regular season. This is horrible news for the Jackets, who were counting on Weimerskirch and Leggett both contributing on the field for at least the 2015 season. Depending on the severity of the injury and how Paul Johnson feels about his other options, I wouldn't be surprised to see Weimerskirch redshirt and either Marcus Marshall or Mikell Lands-Davis step up as true freshmen.
Marcus Georges-Hunt was expected to be Georgia Tech's star player throughout last season, and to say he wasn't the best player on the court at any given time would be a lie. That doesn't however, mean that he developed a whole lot from last season when he held a similar albeit lesser role for the Jackets. When looking at Georges-Hunt's stats from last season compared to this season, the numbers are very similar. He shot 42% from the field in 2013 and 43% in 2014, including 34% from deep in 2013 compared to 29% in 2014. His points per game went up in 2014, from 11.7 to 13.6, and while that's obviously development I don't think it's quite what many fans were expecting.
Second baseman Wade Bailey, a member of the stacked 2014 recruiting cycle for Georgia Tech, is using his cool and collected demeanor to experience as much success as he can during his freshman season. Bailey was asked to step up and fill a void left by the departures of both Mott Hyde and Elliot Barzilli and has done so admirably so far -- he is batting .326 over the past 22 games as the starter at second base. He is just one of a few freshmen -- including the currently injured Kel Johnson -- who is making an impact for Jackets and will likely continue to do so for at least two more seasons.
UNC and the NCAA have both requested that lawsuits related to the school's academic scandal be thrown out by a federal judge. I can understand this request from the NCAA's perspective because it isn't their job to make sure every single class at every single school is legitimate, but from a UNC perspective it is just stupid. While the 11th Amendment technically does protect the school (or the state, as it happens) from this type of lawsuit, UNC needs to accept responsibility for what happened. Stupid democracy, always making things so fair.
What does Quaide Weimerskirch's injury mean for the 2015 season?
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