Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech football team got the season started on Saturday with a 41-0 win over Alcorn State. Saturday’s win was the debut of new defensive coordinator Nate Woody and his 3-4 defense. It was a nice debut as the shutout was the first for the Jackets since October 19, 2013. Offensively, the Jackets rushed for 439 yards, but were far from perfect through the air. Despite finishing 9-18, quarterback Taquon Marshall had multiple overthrows and underthrows.
Meanwhile on the Flats, cross country, which starts its season next weekend, was tabbed to finish ninth in the conference on the men’s side, while the women were pegged at twelfth. Losing generational talent Nahom Solomon is brutal, of course, but neither of these numbers inspire much confidence.
Of course, Bruce Heppler’s team, meanwhile, was ranked seventh in the nation. So things are going a little better elsewhere in the athletic department.
In other good news, last year’s freshman sensation Caio Pumpitis is this year’s South American record breaker, specifically in the 100 IM. Pumpitis also notched the fastest short course 200 Breaststroke time in the world, as well as taking second in the 200 IM, a time also under the previous 200 IM continental record. Pumpitis qualified for the Short Course World Championships in all three events and his times would have placed him in first, second, and fourth overall at the 2016 edition in each of those events. Fellow Tech product Rodrigo Correia finished second in the 100 IM, just missing qualification, and swam solidly in his other events as well.
While nothing has been announced from the Georgia Tech side, it appears that the Jackets have picked up an additional non-conference game against Arkansas. Per the Arkansas release, the game is scheduled to be played in Fayetteville on December 19. The two teams are expected to play in Atlanta in the 2019-20 season to complete a two year home and home series.
Former Tech running back Dedrick Mills, now playing for Garden City Community College, rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns in his first game of the season this past weekend. Three weeks before last seasons opener, Mills was kicked off the Georgia Tech football team for his third violation of the substance abuse policy. After transferring to Garden City CC, he broke his collarbone in the second game of the 2017-18 season. An extremely talented running back, Mills is looking to get his career back on track and get another opportunity with an FBS program, hoping to eventually make it to the NFL.