As A Recruit
The 6’5", 282lb Aussie played Australian Rules football for 8 years in Australia before coming to Georgia Tech in 2012. He was selected to IFAF World Team roster that played Team USA in the USA Football’s International Bowl on Feb. 1, 2012. Gotsis ended up on The Flats due to one of his coaches, a former player under Johnson, who alerted him to the big Aussie’s talent.
On The Field
Gotsis’ impact at defensive tackle was felt immediately -- he played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2012, and would be a starter the rest of his career. He would go on to finish his career at Tech with an impressive 37 consecutive starts before a season-ending knee injury against UVA this previous season. He would finish 2015 with 31 tackles, 5 of which were for a loss.
Perhaps nowhere was his impact more evident than the UNC game this season. The Georgia Tech defensive line was pushing around the UNC offense for the first part of the game, until Gotsis was ejected for being tall when sacking the quarterback. The Yellow Jacket defense lost their push, and UNC would overcome a 21-point deficit on the road for a win. He was a one-man wrecking crew for much of his career on The Flats that the defense heavily relied on.
Gotsis excelled on the defensive line, even without a strong supporting cast around him. He faced constant double teams, and he was the focus of most opponent’s offensive blocking schemes. He finished his career with 12.5 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss. Those numbers would also be presumably higher had opposing offenses had more to worry about on Tech's D-Lines. He will be greatly missed next season and is leaving a large hole to fill in his spot.
Off The Field
Gotsis graduates with a degree in Business Administration. He is projected as a mid-round draft pick in the upcoming NFL draft with a very high upside. We will all look forward to him chasing down NFL quarterbacks on Sundays in the near future.
Thank you for your hard work and dedication on the Flats, Adam! Best of luck as you pursue your future ambitions!