True freshman punter Pressley Harvin III got some good news on Monday when he was added to the Ray Guy Award watchlist. The Ray Guy Award is given annually to the top punter in the FBS and Harvin is certainly making his case. Through seven games, Harvin leads all freshman and ranks 7th nationally with an average of 46 yards per punt. Maybe more impressive is that Harvin’s two best games have come in suboptimal conditions on big stages. Against Miami he downed 4 kicks inside the 20, including a 62 yarder. Last weekend against Clemson he boomed 5 punts that traveled at least 50 yards. Obviously, you never want to have to punt but when you do, it’s nice to flip field position. With Harvin on the team, we’re looking at three more years of that and maybe some individual hardware for him along the way.
The Yellow Jackets were able to escape Death Valley without picking up too many new injury concerns. One that could loom large is backup QB Matthew Jordan. The junior signal caller took over for a bit in the second half before injuring his leg. Coach Paul Johnson didn’t have any substantial updates on Monday but did say that the injury was not “as serious” as the team initially thought on Saturday night. Jordan’s status for Saturday in Charlottesville is unknown at this time but should the worst happen and starter TaQuon Marshall go down, CPJ has long expressed confidence in all four quarterbacks. Here’s hoping that (a) Jordan is back healthy soon and (b) that we don’t need to go to backup except to run down the clock on another Yellow Jacket victory.
As we get closer and closer to the start of the college basketball season all the websites and publications are rolling out their previews. Yesterday, Sports Illustrated released their projections for the top defenses in college hoops and they expect big things for Coach Josh Pastner’s team in year 2. The projection system pegs Tech as the fourth best defense in all of Division-I basketball (2nd in the ACC behind national leader UVA). Center Ben Lammers anchored a strong defense last year and a repeat or improvement on that could elevate Tech this season.
- ESPN has elected to use a six-day option on the entire slate of ACC games on November 11th. We’ll find out what time the Techmo Bowl kicks off on Sunday.
- The first CFB Rankings will be released tonight! I’m having a hard time figuring out how the committee is going to sort everyone out. I’m predicting 1) georgia 2) Alabama 3) Notre Dame 4) TCU but I don’t feel good about it. Let’s hear your predictions in the comments!