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Georgia Tech Football: Honoring the Seniors - OL Errin Joe

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Today, we look at a guy who had to make the most of his opportunity.

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Quick note about this post. This was originally supposed to go up Saturday, but I dropped the ball on it, so it's coming out this morning and we will have another one this afternoon!

As a Recruit

In high school, Errin Joe had a lot going for him. He maintained a 4.0 GPA all throughout high school, while being a high 3-star recruit (5.7) on the offensive line.

For football, his team was pretty solid too. His team won the district title in 2009 and 2010 (his junior and senior seasons). As for Joe, he had plenty of individual honors as well. He was named first-team all-county twice and was also named second-team all-state in 2009 and first-team all-state in 2010.

Being recruited by Joe Speed, Joe committed to Georgia Tech on Jan. 14, 2011, over reported offers from a ton of different schools, including Florida State, Miami (Fl.), Michigan, Stanford, South Carolina and UCLA.

On the Field

Unfortunately, his career as a player at Tech started off a little rough. He redshirted his entire freshman year before seeing action in three games as a redshirt freshman. After expecting to see more time as a redshirt sophomore, Joe was injured prior to the start of the season and ended up missing the entire season due to a torn shoulder labrum.

He entered his redshirt junior season as the back-up to Chris Griffin at right tackle and appeared in 13 games during the season. Joe made his first start of his career against Pitt in place of Griffin, who was injured.

Coming into this season, it looked like Joe would take a backseat to Griffin at right tackle, or possibly even slide inside to right guard, but following Griffin's knee surgery, Joe was the starting right tackle once again. Joe played in 11 games this season (missing the Pitt game) and made nine starts.

Off the Field

Joe graduated in December of 2014 with a bachelor's degree in literature, media and communication, and came back to Tech this last season to work on a master's degree.

He won the 2011 Silver Garland Award for volunteer and academic work and citizenship. He was also part of the 2012-13 Georgia Tech student-athlete advisory board. From RamblinWreck.com:

The Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) is a committee of student-athletes representing each sports team within the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. The SAAB is a bridge linking student-athlete concerns with the GTAA administration. Along with major community service projects involving multiple teams, the board is called upon to give input on improving student-athlete welfare at Georgia Tech. The SAAB provides vital input on student-athlete support services to all Georgia Tech student-athletes. SAAB meets monthly to discuss issues relating to Georgia Tech student-athletes, to bring forth concerns or suggestions for programming for student-athletes, and to plan community service projects

Thank you for your hard work and dedication on the Flats, Errin! Best of luck as you pursue your future endeavors!