Though Tech has lost each of its past two matchups to a couple of very talented teams, both games helped to teach us one important fact: Dedrick Mills is the real deal at B-Back. Mills, who ran for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns against Miami, has quietly become one of the most efficient and productive backs in the entire ACC. Now the recipient of two ACC Rookie of the Week honors, the true freshman has run for 300 yards and 7 touchdowns in just four games this season, having being suspended for the Mercer game in which he almost certainly would have put up a big number. What's even more impressive is that he's done it all against three of the top overall defenses in the nation in Boston College, Miami, and Clemson plus a Vanderbilt unit that showed signs of life in a 13-6 loss against Florida last weekend. I'd be shocked if he doesn't hit the 1,000-yard mark this season given his start and the significant drop-off in defensive caliber as the season rolls on.
In some recruiting news, Georgia Tech had a number of impressive prospects in attendance at the team's loss against Miami and a couple more in attendance earlier this season. Let's take a look at some of the biggest names, courtesy of the AJC:
- Junior defensive lineman Tre Moore, a talented player out of Johnson, SC, was among those in the stands. I said "defensive line". What else do you need to read to see the need?
- Lincolntown's Duke Roberts was at Bobby Dodd Stadium for Tech's big win over Vanderbilt, the team's best performance of the season to date. He currently has no offers but could be on the short list for Tech in the coming months.
- Though Dacula wide receiver Nash Henderson was not in attendance against Miami, he did make the trip down the The Flats back on September 10 for the Mercer game. It's all for the better, if you ask me.
Georgia Tech's 222-0 beat-down of Cumberland likely represents the safest record in college football. There will simply never be another game wherein a coach -- or rule of society in general, rather -- permits a team to rack up 222 points on a hapless opponent for fear of complete ridicule. In fact, I'm confident that some justice group would have the win vacated within a week for unsportsmanlike conduct (right after they get Tech's fight song changed, of course). That's what makes this week's upcoming 100-year anniversary of the game so special: no one will ever do anything like it ever again. Accordingly, I bid you sit back, relax, reflect on the event, and shoot Frank Beamer a quick email asking what it was like to be in attendance at such a historic game.
Have a great Tuesday!