It is well documented how focused student-athletes are at Tech on their school, but this is one case where Coach Johnson wanted Marshall to drop a class for the sole reason of football. With games this year on Friday night and Thursday night every practice is crucial, and having your starting quarterback leaving practice early every week seems less than optimal if it is at all avoidable. Marshall says that he will take the class next semester.
Mills announced on Twitter yesterday that he plans to transfer from Garden city CC in Kansas over to Scott Frost at Nebraska. As you may recall, Mills started at B-Back in 2016, his lone year on the team before being dismissed in August 2017, just weeks before the season opener. Mills broke his collarbone in Garden City’s first game last season, but he ran for 267 yards and three touchdowns in their season opener on Saturday. He figures to compete for the starting job as soon as he gets to campus.
CB Lamont Simmons and ILB Bruce Jordan-Swilling were both in practice on Tuesday and will play in Saturday’s contest down in Tampa. Neither has had many reps over the last few weeks, so it will be interesting to see if either plays much against USF. Simmons is likely to see time at field corner, while Jordan-Swilling is listed as the backup to David Curry at one ILB spot, with Brant Mitchell the starter at the other.
Freshman Outside Hitter Mariana Brambilla was named conference freshman of the week after a fantastic weekend that saw her take home the Hyatt Regency Tournament MVP. She led the team in kills in all four matches and set a career high with 19 against South Alabama. Tech won the title, its second straight title, to start the season 8-0. The Jackets head to Tuscaloosa, AL this weekend to take on Northern Illinois, Alabama, and Marshall as they try and continue their hot start.
Jackets Open as 3.5 Point Favorites over USF
Johnson’s squad opened in the world of sports betting as a 3.5 point favorite for Saturday’s tilt down in Tampa, but the line has since come down to 3 points. Clearly both oddsmakers and the public see Saturday’s contest as a back and forth affair that could go either way.