Now in his final season as a Yellow Jacket, four-year starting kicker Harrison Butker is now just 11 points shy of Tech’s all-time scoring record. We’ve known how good Butker is for quite some time, but the fact that he’s now a dozen points away from outscoring every other player in Georgia Tech history is a statistic that has largely flown under the radar. He has three more games — versus Virginia and Georgia in the regular season and then the bowl game — to achieve the goal, and he really should do it quite handily. Tech just needs to score 12 touchdowns over that span, assuming a made PAT for each, and we will have a new leading scorer to replace former kicker Luke Manget. Even if he doesn’t make it, congratulations to Butker on a fantastic career. He very well could be Tech’s top NFL prospect this offseason.
In some basketball news, Georgia Tech improved to 2-0 on the season earlier this week with a 77-62 victory over the Southern Jaguars at McCamish Pavilion. It sounds unimpressive (and perhaps it is), but Southern is a team that made the NCAA Tournament last season after a SWAC Tournament victory and knocked off the likes of Mississippi State and Tulane just a year ago. Both Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie played exceptionally well, putting up 20 and 18 points respectively, but the player of the game was unquestionably Ben Lammers. The junior center came just a single block shy of a triple-double, finishing his night with 13 points, 15 rebounds, and 9 rejections against the outmatched Southern team. After two games, his stats stand at an impressive 14pts/11rebs/7blks per game. That’s obviously against inferior competition, but he could be a very fun player to watch if he’s able to maintain that momentum as we head towards ACC play.
Georgia Tech’s offensive line will be down a key player starting next season, as tackle Eason Fromayan has decided to forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility to pursue a career on the pit crew of a NASCAR driver. That’s quite the atypical reason for leaving college early, but it’s very neat for Eason that he gets to take that type of chance. It would unquestionably be nice to have a player of his caliber for depth next season, but it appears that the final three games of the 2016 campaign will be the last we see of the former TCU Horned Frog. This one doesn’t exactly qualify as a sad ending for anyone involved, unlike some of the other situations we’ve seen recently. Best of luck to him at the conclusion of the season and in the future.