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Technical Tidbits 06/23: New Week, New Series

Newbies series kicks off with offensive lineman Jordan Williams.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 Georgia at Georgia Tech Photo by David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s a new week and there is a new series from the From the Rumble Seat staff’s countdown to the 2020 football season. This week features the “Five Newbies to Watch For” series. Yesterday’s first of the five part series featured Jordan Williams. I like how the series is starting off giving due credit to one of the offensive lineman, in this case incoming freshman Williams. Offensive lineman (and defensive lineman as well for that matter) are the unsung heroes of every successful football team. As the article implies, for offensive lineman their numbers often get buried in the stat books and they’re often overlooked in the highlight reels; however, ask any coach and they’ll tell you that a good team is often built from the inside out. And that means players like Williams could in fact be the players to keep an eye on.

Tech alumna and Olympian Chaunté Lowe has been named a 2020 recipient of the National STUDENT-Athlete Day Giant Steps Award. The article states that the award is meant to “recognize individual student-athletes, professional athletes, civic leaders, coaches, organizations, barrier breakers, and other individuals who use the power and appeal of sport to positively effect social change and help others succeed.” As an Olympian, cancer survivor and inspiring athlete, Lowe is certainly deserving of this recognition. Congratulations to her!

So I know we’ve mentioned Tech’s schedule before and cited articles about how difficult the Yellow Jackets’ football schedule will be this 2020 season. Here’s further testament to just how challenging the schedule is being considered. Georgia Tech ranked third in PFF College’s recent ranking of the Top 7 most difficult schedules in college football for the 2020 season. Yup, this should be an interesting season.

As news is released of various athletic programs in the NCAA announcing student athletes testing positive for COVID-19, there is actually some good news regarding Tech’s basketball team. The Yellow Jackets will be moving into the second phase of its voluntary workout program. As the new athletic season will be here before we know it, hopefully everyone can stay in good health at Tech and across the nation.