With at least 3 ACC teams opting out of bowl games, Georgia Tech could have received a bid but determined it would not be in best interests of student-athletes’ health & safety & would decline a bid, school spokesman told @Stadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 14, 2020
The 2020 Georgia Tech football season is officially over. Last night, the Jackets announced that they would not accept any bowl bid. Even at 3-7, the Jackets could have made a bowl due to the amount of ACC teams dropping out of bowl consideration and the waiving of the six-win requirement for bowls. It’s been a long, difficult season for all fall student-athletes, and not going to a bowl this year is probably best for everyone on the team. I think everyone needs a break. The season is over, and we can already begin looking ahead to next year, with the first step being the Early Signing Period that begins tomorrow.
Seniors Coming Back:
Before I get to the transfers out of the program, I will talk about a couple of the players who announced returns to the Flats for the 2021 season. S Tariq Carpenter, OL Ryan Johnson, and OL Kenny Cooper will all be having a repeat senior year. Carpenter’s 2020 was particularly tough, as he suffered from multiple injuries and a downturn from his well-regarded 2019 season. Both Johnson and Cooper’s returns will be celebrated as they will continue to be a veteran presence for a still-developing offensive line. Welcome back, Tariq, Ryan, and Kenny!
Georgia Tech true freshman QB Tucker Gleason is in the portal. https://t.co/kR8JgQuUmi— 247Sports Transfer Portal (@247SportsPortal) December 14, 2020
Today was the day for roster moves all across college football, with many players announcing their intent to move on. Two such players are from Georgia Tech, Freshman QB Tucker Gleason and Sophomore DL Chico Bennett, Jr. Gleason was one of the first commits to Geoff Collins’ first full class at Tech, a three-star from Plant High in Florida. He did not appear in any games this year. Bennett was a consistent contributor on the Flats, finishing his two seasons with 30 tackles and half a sack. Good luck, Tucker and Chico!
In other Yellow Jacket transfer news, former Tech starting QB James Graham has found his new home. The Fitzgerald, GA native announced his intent to transfer to Georgia Southern on Twitter Sunday night. Graham was originally recruited to play in Paul Johnson’s option offense, and so he will be going to his natural fit in Statesboro. Thanks for everything, James! Good luck!
With all of the football news from yesterday, we can’t forget that the Tech Basketball team has a game tonight. The Yellow Jackets are making the trip to Tallahassee to face the no. 15 Florida State Seminoles. This will be a tough matchup that will really tell us about Tech as a team. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET and the contest can be seen on the ACCN.
Question of the Day: What changes would you like to see from the Tech Football team for the 2021 season?