As we all know, it was a rough season for the Georgia Tech football team but there are always some silver linings. One of the biggest this season was true freshman punter Pressley Harvin III, who was recognized yesterday on ESPN’s true freshman All-American team. Harvin had the highest punt average of any true freshman and the 18th highest of any player. Harvin was one of six ACC freshmen named to the national team, joining Boston College RB AJ Dillon, Miami OG Navaughn Donaldson, Boston College C Ben Petrula, Duke DE Victor Dimukeje, and Louisville LB Dorian Etheridge.
From a current Yellow Jacket specialist to a former Yellow Jacket specialist - Harrison Butker has had an incredible start to his NFL career and continues to pile up accolades. Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, Butker made his 26th FG, breaking the Kansas City Chiefs’ record for field goals made in a single season. After going 4/4 against the Raiders, Butker improved to 28/30 on FGs and 20/20 on XPs on the season. He is 11th in the NFL in scoring, and tied 3rd on a per game basis. It’s still very early in his career but Butker looks like he will be one of the best kickers in the NFL for years to come.
Finally, former Yellow Jacket DE Michael Johnson was named one of 32 finalists for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The Man of the Year award is given annually to to recognize a player that combines success on the field with off-field community service. Johnson has a long history of working to help under privileged children in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Selma, AL through his MJ93-90 Fund. The fund works to educate children on the importance of proper nutrition and exercise as well as how to capitalize on their abilities through educational and technological opportunities. Each team nominates one player for the Man of the Year award, which will be given out on February 3rd.