It was initially reported in March that K Brenton King would be leaving the Tech Football team and getting a job after his graduation in May. Something has changed in the past few months, however, as King announced yesterday that he was entering the NCAA transfer portal as a grad transfer. King had a promising start to his career on the Flats, kicking 5-6 in 2017, before suffering an injury in 2018 and losing the starting job to Wesley Wells (who is also no longer with the team). King became the starter again last season, but was a disappointment, only going 3-7 on field goals. While it was not the career in Atlanta King hoped for, maybe a change of scenery will be a benefit to him. Good luck, Brenton!
In a surprising move, the Oakland Athletics selected Georgia Tech outfielder Michael Guldberg in the third round of this year’s MLB Draft. I say surprising with no offense to Michael, but he wasn’t on many pre-Draft boards or rankings lists. The A’s must have seen things they really like. Guldberg is a good fielder, with his main strength as a player in the hitting department. The new Athletic hits for contact and has been one of the most consistent hitters in the lineup for the Jackets in the last few seasons. Congratulations, Michael!
Michael Guldberg was not the only Jacket drafted, as OF Baron Radcliff was taken in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Radcliff is a power hitter that will need to get some more plate discipline in order to play in the MLB. Both Guldberg and Radcliff are big losses for the Beesball team, but luckily Danny Hall has a great recruiting class coming in next spring. Congratulations, Baron!
Joe Hamilton is widely regarded as the best QB in Georgia Tech history. While playing on the Flats, Hamilton was the Heisman Trophy runner-up, the Davey O’Brien Award winner, and a consensus All-American. Hamilton’s NFL career did not pan out as well. Although he won a Super Bowl, as the article above points out, he only took a handful of snaps during his few seasons in the league. One reason for Hamilton’s limited NFL career was his size, back then quarterbacks less than six feet tall had little shot at stardom.
The good news for Michael Guldberg did not stop with his name being called in the MLB Draft yesterday. Guldberg was also selected as a first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Another member of the Beesball team was also recognized by CoSIDA, SS Luke Waddell was named a second-team Academic All-American. These are great accolades that show just how dedicated Guldberg and Waddell were to their studies even in the midst of a pandemic. Congratulations, Michael and Luke!
Question of the Day: What do you think about Tech’s two MLB Draft picks?