I will always remember Harrison Butker, both for his fantastic play over the course of four years, but also for the 52-yard game tying field goal with time expiring against Georgia in 2013, which doubled as my first game at Sanford Stadium and my first victory over the Dawgs as a Tech fan. Unfortunately for many Tech fans he ended up at a Division rival of the Falcons, but I know I’ll be cheering for him.
Butker may have been the only Jacket drafted, but several others are headed to NFL camps as undrafted free agents. PJ Davis, an unheralded 2-star recruit turned 3 year starter, signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Pat Gamble is headed up north to the New York Jets. Of the UDFAs I think he is the most likely to stick. Francis Kallon signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he hopes he can turn his size and athleticism into production and find his way onto the squad. Justin Thomas got a camp invite from the San Francisco 49ers where he will get a chance to show off his chops, presumably at a new position.
You probably have heard about Eason Fromayan giving up football to become a NASCAR pit crew member, but he isn’t the only Tech player to hang up the cleats. This article highlights Rook-Chungong who decided not to try to make the league and jump straight into a job in sales. This article also talks with former players Charles Perkins and Shawn Green who went straight into industry after their careers with the Yellow Jackets. Best quote from the article? “Thank God I went to Tech” - Shawn Green. Also I will definitely think of Charles Perkins next time I’m in the snack aisle at the grocery store.
The women came oh so close to taking home an ACC Championship, but they fell 4-3 to UNC in the finals with the deciding match going to a third set tiebreaker. Truly heartbreaking. However, this team shared the regular season ACC title and is one of the best teams in the country. They should go far in the NCAA Tournament.
In the Men’s semifinals, the Yellow Jackets fell 4-0 to the 1st seeded Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Despite the lopsided score, the Jackets actually kept most of the matches fairly close and battled hard against one of the best teams in the country.
Pitching dominated for both teams in the weather shortened series at UIC. Inclement weather pushed the Sunday game to Friday for a double-header, and then the Saturday game was eventually cancelled. In the first game freshman Xzavion Curry threw 8 scoreless and got just enough offensive help as the Jackets won 3-0. In game 2, Keyton Gibson followed Curry’s lead with 7 scoreless innings of his own. Unfortunately, Tech was shutout themselves and the Flames were able to plate one on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th.