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Football: Starting WR Micheal Summers Quits Team

A season full of a lot more bad news than good news continued on Monday.

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

At his weekly press conference today, Coach Johnson revealed that redshirt junior and starting wide receiver Micheal Summers has left the team. This news comes out after Summers had 4 catches for 58 yards at Virginia, and as the Jackets prepare for a stretch run where they'll need to win three straight games in order to attain bowl eligibility.

The news is troubling, as Summers is a veteran leader on offense who is second on the team in receptions and third on the team in yards and touchdowns. It's unclear why he chose to depart the team when he did, although sources close to the program have speculated some potential frustration with the relatively limited nature of his role. Summers will finish his career at Georgia Tech with 29 receptions for 434 yards and two touchdowns.

For the rest of this season, expect to see true freshman Brad Stewart replacing Summers in a starting capacity at wide receiver. Stewart has already played significantly off the bench this season, including a pair of starts against Duke and North Carolina when Summers was unable to go due to injury. Aside from him, you'll see more of redshirt freshman Jalen Johnson, redshirt sophomore Antonio Messick, and potentially redshirt senior walk-on Brandon Oliver. At this point in the season, don't expect a redshirt to be burned for true freshmen