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Technical Tidbits 3/13: What Are We Going To Do?

It’s time to find out what a world without sports is like.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia Tech at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

The fallout from the increased number of Coronavirus cases in the U.S. is quickly spreading, with many sports (the NBA and NHL) and sporting events (NCAA Tournament) being suspended or canceled. The effects have also reached colleges throughout the United States, with many students being told not to return to campus after spring break. Yesterday, it was announced that Georgia Tech would not be having face-to-face classes after spring break, at least until the end of the month. Like other decisions being made in the wake of COVID-19, it’s not the most popular decision, but it’s probably the smart one.

All athletic related events and activities within the ACC (even recruiting) are being cancelled until further notice. Once again, while it isn’t the most popular decision, it definitely is the smart decision. Hopefully, once things return to normal the NCAA will find a way to extend the recruiting calendar and give players whose seasons were cancelled an extra year to participate in college athletics.

Here are some stories to take your minds off of the Coronavirus. Nathan Cottrell was mainly a special teams player for Georgia Tech last season, after playing slot-back his previous two. On special teams, Cottrell wowed many with his speed and agility getting to the returner as gunner. His Pro Day speed reflected on that ability, running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. While Cottrell most likely won’t be drafted in April, with his speed and special teams experience, he almost definitely will be picked up by a team as an UDFA.

RS Senior OL/DL Jahaziel Lee unfortunately went down last season with an awful leg injury. Although he was out, Lee was able to learn a lot and help out younger players on Tech’s offensive and defensive lines. This season, Lee will only be focusing on the defensive line, but will still be able to use his offensive line skills in predicting the movements and positioning of the players he will be facing.

This is the only bright side to the COVID-19 outbreak.

No “Question of the Day” today. Just stay healthy and safe, everyone!