There’s a few assorted football-related news items I wanted to pass along this morning, as Georgia Tech’s fall camp gets kicked off today.
Recently-graduated defensive back and kick returner Jamal Golden was passed up in the NFL Draft a few months back, and only received an invite to minicamp with the Falcons afterwards. On Wednesday, he was signed by the New Orleans Saints, where he’ll compete in their fall camp. Golden may find a spot fitting in as a backup in the Saints’ defensive backfield, or as a kick return specialist (where the Saints lack any obvious starter headed into 2016). Congratulations to Golden, and we wish him the best of luck in camp!
The beginning of fall camp is always a time of year that’s loaded with heartwarming stories of walk-on players, who have spent time supporting the program in their careers without the benefit of a scholarship to back them, being rewarded for their efforts as they prove themselves to be worthy players and teammates. One such story came from Georgia Tech on Wednesday:
Congratulations to offensive lineman Michael Muns for earning a scholarship!! Hard work pays off!! #TogetherWeSwarm— Paul Johnson (@GTPaulJohnson) August 4, 2016
Muns, a native of Swainsboro, GA, played in his first two career games in 2015 against Alcorn State and Tulane, after spending the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons supporting as a part of the scout team. Depending on the health of some of his teammates on the offensive line, Muns could realistically see some more playing time this year as a backup. Congratulations to Michael Muns and his family!
Finally, media was present yesterday as the team arrived at the hotel they’ll stay together at for the duration of camp, featuring plenty of videos and pictures posted on social media. Among them was...oh dear it’s Brad Stewart:
That hair style is really quite something, although in fairness, it must fit pretty comfortably in a helmet, and it must keep him reasonably cool. Still...it’s going to take some getting used to.