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Technical Tidbits 10/3: Cooper, Gray earn ACC Players of the Week

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In which ESPN gives Georgia Tech a taste of the (6-day) option

North Carolina v Georgia Tech

A pair of Yellow Jackets took home ACC Player of the Week honors after Saturday’s 33-7 win over North Carolina. Sophomore C Kenny Cooper was named OL of the Week while junior S AJ Gray earned DB of the Week. These were the first Player of the Week honors for both Cooper and Gray. Cooper is the second consecutive GT OL to take home the award, following G Parker Braun. On Saturday, Cooper paved the way for another productive day on the ground and took 10 defenders to the ground in 76 plays. Gray had a monster day, recording four tackles and two third quarter interceptions to lead another outstanding defensive effort.

Game times are typically announced about two weeks before the game but ESPN has decided to give the Yellow Jackets game against Miami the 6-day option. This allows the Worldwide Leader to take a look at what happens this weekend before setting the final schedule on Sunday. Along with GT-Miami, Florida State-Duke was also optioned. We do know that the game will not take place in primetime. The game will kickoff at either noon or 3:30 and air on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2.

Georgia Tech alumnus Harrison Butker made his NFL debut last night for the Kansas City Chiefs. Butker was drafted in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers but was picked up off the Panthers’ practice squad last week after Chiefs’ kicker Cairo Santos was injured. Butker got off to a strong start, booming the opening kickoff into the end zone for a touchback. He made his first kick, an extra point in the second quarter, but pushed his first field goal attempt wide right. I’m writing this up at halftime, so hopefully Butker gets many more chances. Maybe a game tying field goal? Like, say, from 53 yards?

We’ll close with one more Yellow Jacket alumnus in the news. Former baseball star Charlie Blackmon finished off another fantastic season by clinching the National League Batting Title. On the season, Blackman hit .331 with 37 home runs and 14 stolen bases while also playing excellent CF. The Rockies are playoff bound, facing off against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday in a winner-take all Wild Card Game. Fellow Georgia Tech alumnus Matt Wieters and the Washington Nationals also made the playoffs and will begin play on Friday against the Chicago Cubs.