Georgia Tech announced a few roster changes this morning, including the addition of former Notre Dame safety Derrik Allen and the retirements of offensive/defensive lineman Brad Morgan and wide receiver Tija’i Whatley.
The news about Brad isn’t entirely new, as he announced this decision earlier this week in an Instagram post.
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This was one of the toughest and most heartbreaking decisions that I’ve ever had to make. I’ve decided to medically retire from the game that I’ve been so passionate about ever since third grade. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been battling a second back injury and have been in rehab for the past four months. I can barely sit in a chair or stand up for extended periods of time without feeling some sort of pain or tingling down my right leg. I believe that it is in my best interest to walk away from the game while I still can. Football is the beginning of my life and there are more mountains to conquer. I want to thank my coaches, current and former, who gave me the opportunity to play the sport that I love on the highest collegiate level. It is an experience that I will cherish forever. I also want to thank my teammates who made those experiences on and off of the field much more memorable. Those memories will last a lifetime. Lastly, I want to thank my parents for their endless support and for being the most loving human beings on the face of the planet. I will still be involved in this program while attending grad school and will continue to help this team go on to accomplish big things this year. Thank you and Go Jackets!
The news of Whatley, though, is new and not expounded upon in the article. What is good for both former players, though, is that they will be staying at Georgia Tech to complete their degrees as well as stay around the football team in a non-playing capacity. Former safety AJ Gray did something similar after stepping away from the game before his senior season.
These two spots now gives Tech four available scholarships entering the season.
Thank you for all of the hard work both put in at Georgia Tech! We at FTRS wish you nothing but the best moving forward!