Georgia Tech finalizing a deal to play Georgia State in a hurricane relief exhibition, source told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 16, 2017
On Monday, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Georgia Tech and Georgia State were nearing a deal to play a basketball exhibition game to raise money for hurricane relief. Assuming the deal can be finalized, it will be the second such exhibition scheduled over the past few days. Last week, Kansas and Missouri reached an agreement and received the necessary NCAA waiver to renew their rivalry with an exhibition in Kansas City. While Georgia Tech-Georgia State doesn’t quite have the storied history of the Border War, it would be pretty cool to see the two local schools play on the court for the first time since 2008. That it would be an event to raise money for communities in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico recovering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is even cooler.
Turning to football, Monday brought the first injury update following Saturday’s game against Miami and, well, there’s really no update. Coach Paul Johnson had nothing to report injury-wise following Monday’s practice. Starters Brant Mitchell, KirVonte Benson, and Shawn Davis all left the game early on Saturday. Benson and Davis both suffered lower body injuries, while Mitchell appeared to hurt his midsection. A more definitive update will come on Thursday when the injury report is released.
After (hopefully) taking care of business against Wake Forest on Saturday, the Yellow Jackets will start preparing for a trip to Clemson to face the defending National Champions. If playing a Clemson team coming off a stunning loss and a bye week wasn’t a hard enough challenge, the rivalry game will take place under the lights in Death Valley, possibly on National Network Television. This will be Tech’s second consecutive primetime game and the second straight primetime kickoff against the Tigers, following 2016’s Thursday night game.
Finally, let’s celebrate a couple of milestones that were reached this weekend:
Lynch is the 4th player to top 1,000 rushing yards primarily as an AB in Paul Johnson’s offense, following Orwin Smith (1,839 yards), Robert Godhigh (1,191), and Roddy Jones (1,156) (Anthony Allen and Synjyn Days both played some AB but got the majority of their yards at BB).
Demaryius Thomas just topped 8,000 yards on his career with that catch.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 16, 2017
With 10 catches for 133 yards on Sunday Night Football, Yellow Jacket alumnus Demaryius Thomas topped 8,000 career receiving yards. Thomas finished the game with 8,084 career yards, good for 7th among active players (behind Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, DeSean Jackson, and Antonio Brown).