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Technical Tidbits 11/16: Freshmen Stepping Up on the Field

Georgia Tech News & Links 11/16

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Ajani Kerr just the latest freshman stepping up for the Yellow Jackets

After playing mostly on special teams and in spot roles, the redshirt freshman was lined up against the Hokie’s leading receiver on Saturday on 4th down with the game on the line. His pass breakup in the endzone that followed sealed the upset victory for Georgia Tech on Saturday, knocking the Hokies from their ranked status for the second year in a row.

“Ajani is an excellent player when he’s focused and ready to play,” Georgia Tech senior safety Corey Griffin said. “He was prepared. He was ready, and I take my hat off to him.”

In addition to Kerr, both Bruce Jordan-Swilling and T.D. Roof have contributed at the linebacker position this season. The article goes on to highlight all of the first year players seeing the field and contributing on The Flats this season

The AJC takes a look at Georgia Tech’s bowl picture

The Yellow Jacket’s bowl picture was certainly aided by their upset win of #17 Virginia Tech on Saturday. With a NY6 Bowl long out of the picture this season, the Yellow Jackets will be playing their final 2 games in hopes of going somewhere warm this bowl season. The Ramblin’ Wreck’s most hopeful scenarios seem to be either the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium in New York or the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.

With a win over Duke on Saturday, Tech would become bowl eligible. A win over georgia Thanksgiving weekend and getting to 7-4 would only help their case.

Speaking of Duke...

David Hale of ESPN reports that Paul Johnson has been talking with Jeff Monken of Army after their defeat of the Blue Devils last weekend. Monken is of Paul Johnson’s coaching tree so their playbooks are going to be similar. The flexbone association is a close-knit family that is not to be trifled with.