As the article mentions, the Yellow Jackets women’s basketball team will be opening its ACC conference play today. Tech will be hosting Boston College at McCamish Pavilion with a tip off time set for 11:00 AM. The Yellow Jackets are 2-1 on the season while Boston College is 4-0. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Good luck to the women’s basketball team as they open up their conference play.
2020 has been a strange year because of the coronavirus and the effects the pandemic has had on college athletics. As everyone knows by now, the NCAA has granted an extra season of eligibility for all fall-sports athletes. The big decision that many upperclassmen and graduate student athletes will have to make is whether they will return for another season or not. As the article states, Yellow Jackets offensive lineman Ryan Johnson is among the players who have weighed the benefits of staying for an additional year. Finishing up another degree is obviously one good reason as well as having the opportunity to develop further as an athlete and potentially make it to the NFL. Regardless, it’s a unique situation to be in and, apparently, many Yellow Jackets football players are still reaching a final decision.
Georgia Tech assistant coach Brent Key was named as one of the nominees for the 2020 Broyles Award. The award is meant to recognize the top assistant coach in college football. The finalists and overall winner will be announced later in the season. Key is a Tech alumnus and former Yellow Jacket football player. He played under George O’Leary and went on to hold several coaching positions including time spent as an assistant coach for O’Leary and Nick Saban. In his second season at Tech, Key has helped significantly transform and improve the offensive line. A couple of the stats that the article mentions rally stand out: Tech ranks 4th in rushing in the ACC (201 yards per game) and 5th in fewest sacks (2.2 per game). Pretty impressive.
In more awards related news, Yellow Jackets offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth was named a nominee for the 2020 Burlsworth Trophy. The award recognizes the most outstanding NCAA Division I FBS player who started their career as a walk-on. Burlsworth is a leader among the team and his performance has earned him a single-digit jersey. As the article points out, he is the first Yellow Jacket in school history to wear the number zero. He’s also unique in that he has played on both sides of the ball having at one point in his Tech career played as a defensive tackle.