With spring practice starting up later this month, Georgia Tech has begun ramping up their conditioning efforts in preparation. With more activity around the program, Kelly Quinlan of JacketsOnline.com is reporting that rising junior AB/WR Mikell Lands-Davis won’t be with the team moving forward.
After being one of the more prized recruits in Georgia Tech’s 2015 class as a B-Back, Lands-Davis was moved to A-Back as a true freshman to help supplement for the devastating number of injuries suffered among the group. After having his redshirt burned against North Carolina at the beginning of October, Lands-Davis played in 7 games, recording 18 carries for 40 yards with 7 catches for 69 yards and a score. With the A-Backs’ health restored, Marcus Marshall in place at B-Back, and a need on the perimeter, Lands-Davis moved to wide receiver for the 2016 season, serving largely as the third receiver within the unit. He recorded only 2 catches for 14 yards, but heavily supported in run blocking on the perimeter.
According to Quinlan, it sounds like Lands-Davis will be staying at Georgia Tech — just not as a member of the football team. To me, that suggests that his decision isn’t based on academic struggles or general unhappiness at school, and has more to do with his interest in playing football at all or his relationship with the team and/or coaching staff.
While Lands-Davis wasn’t a star on the team and didn’t figure to become one given the depth Georgia Tech has at the various positions he’s played, he could really be relied on as a key backup at multiple spots, and brought a well-rounded skill set to the offense. His departure is a blow to the team’s depth on offense, and will likely force a younger player to step into the rotation at A-Back or wide receiver earlier than they otherwise would have been asked to. It won’t change the team’s outlook for 2017, but his absence will likely be felt at some moments throughout the next couple of seasons.
Lands-Davis becomes the ninth player to leave the team since the end of the 2016 season, joining eight players who announced their intentions to transfer elsewhere.