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Technical Tidbits 6/23: Georgia Tech Football garners preseason accolades

Some good news for the fall?

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Members of the Georgia Tech Football team are clearly turning heads with their potential for great performances this coming season. A grand total of seven players were named to Phil Steele’s preseason All-ACC lists that came out this week. Star running back Jahmyr Gibbs was on two teams: he was first-team as a RB and third-team as a kick returner. LB Quez Jackson, OL Ryan Johnson, LS Cade Long, and DB Juanyeh Thomas joined Gibbs as members of the preseason All-ACC third team. Two Jackets rounded out the accolades, DL Jordan Domineck and LB Ayinde Eley are on the fourth team. This is the most promising year of Geoff Collins’ young Tech head coaching career, so he’s going to be doing all he can to take advantage of the team’s experience and talent.

Incoming Georgia Tech transfer PG Deivon Smith is already making waves. Smith is bringing his talents to the Flats after a season at Mississippi State, where he was recruited as 247Sports’ no. 11 PG in the nation and no. 5 overall prospect in Georgia. Smith played a good bit with the Bulldogs, but only averaged 5.2 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. Those small numbers don’t mean that the Grayson High graduate doesn’t have talent, as evidenced by his recent performance at Team USA’s U19 tryouts. Smith survived the first cut and is one of the 17 remaining players fighting for a spot on the 12-man roster for the 2021 U19 Men’s World Cup. The team will be announced by the end of the week. Keep up the good work, Deivon!

The Georgia Tech swimming and diving teams’ success does not stop at the edge of the pool. It extends all the way into the classroom, with both the men and the women landing on this year’s CSCAA Scholar All-America Team. The women even had, “the best team grade-point average in program history when it led all Georgia Tech sports with a 3.64.” While the men were a little lower at 3.28 average GPA, these are still incredible accomplishments and speak to the varied skillsets that Tech’s water lovers have. Congratulations!

Like everything, the transition for student-athletes onto Georgia Tech’s campus was completely upended by COVID-19. Luckily, the GTAA was able to adapt to the unprecedented circumstances and transitioned their introductory program “JumpStart Jackets” to a virtual curriculum. They clearly did a good job as they won the Model Practice Award for Academics from the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A). This is a great honor, and speaks to the tremendous work all of the Tech athletics support staff does to ensure success for the Yellow Jackets

This is an interesting tweet from Ken Sugiura, the AJC’s Tech beat writer. Take it as you will.

Question of the Day: Do you think Phil Steele’s accolades were justified?