You can’t really ask for a better collegiate debut than the one Jahmyr Gibbs had last week against the UCF Knights. For a true freshman, the numbers are just staggering. 219 all purpose yards. That bears repeating, 219 all purpose yards. This includes a 75 yard kickoff return on the game’s opening play. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry and also had 60 receiving yards, oh, and as if that were not enough, he had two touchdowns. Very impressive debut. Without any doubt he is well deserving of the ACC Rookie of the Week honor he received for Week 2. This follows true freshman Jeff Sim’s similar recognition received in Week 1. Congratulations to Gibbs and Sims.
You have to respect Chris Martin for his decision to step away from football. He made the decision earlier this year and informed head coach Geoff Collins and defensive line coach Larry Knight. It was a mature decision putting others ahead of himself and placing focus on his career after graduating. Good luck to him in his future endeavors.
This article was full of fun facts and interesting historical tidbits about the Yellow Jackets football team and its opponent this week, Syracuse. Here are some of the interesting points:
- Tech has never played Syracuse at their home field
- The Yellow Jackets lead the series 3-0
- In its 128-year history, this is only the third time the Yellow Jackets have played in the state of New York
Hopefully after their trip up to New York, that record will stand at 4-0. Gameday is only three days away!
As impressive as Jahmyr Gibbs’ debut as a Yellow Jacket was, it is only sensible to include another article about him. Offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude’s praise of the player is well deserved. He has already been drawing comparisons to players like Alvin Kamara and Reggie Bush. An explosive player like that can be a difference maker and it will be exciting to watch Gibbs’ career unfold on the Flats.