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*Derrick Morgan heading into Jr season: 2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 1-2-2-0; 31 Sol-51 TT, 9.5 TFL, 7 SK, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 4 FR, 1 BLK; One of the top defensive linemen in the ACC and should be listed among the top defenders in the country in 2009... an honorable mention All-ACC?selection... ranked second on the team and eighth in the ACC in sacks (7.0)... had 9.5 tackles-for-loss... tied for second nationally in fumble recoveries with four... recovered a fumble in three consecutive games from Oct. 18-Nov. 1... also had one blocked field goal and three pass break-ups... led all Tech linemen in tackles (51)... had three tackles, a pass break-up and his first career rushing attempt (for two yards on a faked punt) vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31)... tied for a team-high six tackles and had a pass break-up at North Carolina (Nov. 8)... had four solo tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over Florida State (Nov. 1)... recovered a fumble for the second straight game vs. Virginia (Oct. 25)... recorded four tackles, had his second fumble recovery of the season and had a pass break-up at Clemson (Oct. 18)... was named the ACC?Defensive Lineman of the Week Oct. 13 after a dominating performance vs. Gardner-Webb (Oct. 11)... recorded 10 tackles, seven solo tackles, 4.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks and he blocked the potential game-tying field goal with three seconds remaining... had a sack, a tackle-for-loss and three solo tackles vs. Duke (Oct. 4)... recorded six tackles, 1.5 TFLs and 0.5 sacks at Virginia Tech (Sept. 13)... had three tackles, one sack and one pass break-up at Boston College (Sept. 6)... paced the team with 1.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State (Aug. 28)... the least-heralded of Tech's stellar defensive line, but one of the most talented... cracked the playing rotation in 2007 as a true freshman, playing behind starters Darrell Robertson and Adamm Oliver... had 3.5 tackles, one TFL and a fumble recovery in the April 19 T-Day Game... enrolled at Tech in January of 2007 and participated in spring practice. 2007: 12 GP; 0 GS; 4 Sol-9 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 PBU; Saw action in 12 of 13 games as a true freshman... listed second on the depth chart at defensive end all season long... came in for a couple of snaps at tight end... registered nine tackles, including four solos... credited with 1.5 tackles-for-loss... had one pass deflection.
*Demaryius Thomas heading into rJr season: 2008: Georgia Tech's best receiver since Calvin Johnson and one of the most skilled receivers in the ACC... greatly improved his blocking skills... ranked eighth in the ACC in receiving yards per game (52.2 ypg)... caught at least one pass in every game he played in... had 39 receptions for 627 yards... had more than half of Tech's receptions (39 of 74)... had nine receptions of 20 yards or longer... averaged 16.1 yards per reception... has 1,185 career receiving yards to rank tied for 16th in Tech history... has more career receiving yards than any active non-junior or senior in the ACC... his 74 career receptions rank tied for 19th in Tech history... had three receiving touchdowns in 2008, seven for his career... has recorded two career 100-yard receiving games... 2007: Played in all 13 games and started 10 times... started the final eight games... ranked second among Yellow Jacket receivers in receptions (35) and receiving yards (558)... had twice as many touchdown receptions (4) as any other Tech receiver... averaged 15.9 yards per reception... had one rushing attempt and one passing attempt... caught one pass in each of the first two games of his rookie season before hauling in five passes for 68 yards including a long of 43 against Boston College (Sept. 15)...2006: Redshirted as a true freshman.
*Morgan Burnett heading into Jr season: 2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 1-1-1-0; 62 Sol-93 TT, 7 TFL, 7 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF; Emerged as an All-American as a sophomore... named second team All-America by Rivals, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News... a second team All-ACC selection... tied for first nationally in interceptions (7)... his seven INTs were the most by a Tech player since 1991 and ties for the fourth-most single-season INTs in GT history... had more interceptions in 2008 than the entire Tech team had in all of 2007.. has 10 career interceptions -- only four active players in the ACC?have more and all four were seniors in `08... recorded double-figure tackles in four games... led the Jackets in tackles (93) and solo tackles (62)... had 24 more tackles than any player on the Tech roster... also had 7.0 tackles-for-loss, a team-high eight pass break-ups and a forced fumble... had two games this season with two interceptions... recorded 14 tackles, nine solo tackles and two tackles-for-loss vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31)... picked off a Matthew Stafford pass and returned it 35 yards for his first career touchdown at Georgia (Nov. 29)... 2007: 13 GP; 1 GS; 37 Sol-57 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 SK, 3 INT, 7 PBU, 1 FR; 2007 ACC All-Freshman Team (Sporting News). Played in all 13 games and started the Nov. 17 game vs. North Carolina... subbed at safety and came in on the nickel package all season long... led the team in interceptions (3)... ranked fifth on the team in tackles (57)... 37 of his 57 tackles were solo efforts... ranked second on the team with seven pass break-ups -- six of which came in the final three games of the season... had 2.5 TFL’s and 1.0 sacks from the safety position... had one fumble recovery for 26 yards in the Nov. 24 Georgia game... made an impressive college debut when he made a bone-crushing sack and had six total tackles in the season opener at Notre Dame (Sept. 1)... had a career-high seven tackles including five solos vs. Boston College (Sept. 15).
*Stephen Hill heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 2/43-Stephen Hill, WR, 6-4, 215, Georgia Tech...Mike Tannenbaum sent two late-round draft picks to the Seahawks to move up four spots and select Hill, who possesses both blocking ability and the type of big-play talent (29.3 yards per catch last season) to keep defenses honest. - The Sports Xchange
Bret White heading into rSr season: 2007: Played in all 13 games as Georgia Tech's primary long snapper for all kicking situations... Travis Bell went 37-of-37 on PATs in great part to White's consistency...2006: 14 GP; 0 GS; 2 Sol-2 TT; Georgia Tech's long snapper on punts and placements . . . Helped Tech rank second in the nation in net punting in 2006 . . . Had two tackles on punt coverage...2005: Snapped on two punts in the Connecticut game in 2005 when starter Gavin Tarquinio was injured...2004: Redshirted in 2004 after joining the program as a walk-on.
Michael Johnson heading into Sr season: 2008: All-American first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association, adding honorable mention from Sports Illustrated...Consensus All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team choice...Served as one of three team captains...Recorded 46 tackles (28 solos) as he led the team and finished third in the conference with nine sacks for minus 85 yards and 17.5 stops for losses of 99 yards...His sack totals and tackle for loss numbers both rank tied for tenth on the school season-record list...Caused three fumbles for the third consecutive year and also recovered one fumble...Deflected seven passes and had a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown...Also blocked the third field goal for his Tech career...On 43 running plays he was directly involved in, the opposition gained 37 yards (0.86 yards per carry) with one touchdown...On 16 pass attempts into his territory, his opponents completed six of those tosses for 68 yards and a touchdown (11.33 yards per completion/ 5.23 yards per pass attempt)...Recorded 12 third-down stops and one more on fourth-down...On two goal line plays, he held opposing ball carriers to no yardage...2007: 13 GP; 1 GS; 11 Sol-21 TT, 6 TFL, 4 SK, 1 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 FR, 3 FF, 2 BLK; Saw action in all 13 games, coming off the bench in basically every passing situation… started in the Humanitarian Bowl… his three forced fumbles rank tied for seventh in the ACC and tied for 55th nationally… had 21 tackles including 11 solos… had 6.0 TFLs and 4.0 sacks… led the team with four QB hurries… also led the team in blocked kicks (2)… forced three fumbles and recovered one. 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 25 Sol-34 TT, 6 TFL, 5 SK, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 3 FF; Second on the team with five sacks ... Has 33 tackles, six tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups. 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-6 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Against Connecticut, he forced a fumble on kickoff coverage that Tech recovered to set up a touchdown ... Had a sack against Virginia Tech ... Totalled six tackles on the season ... Saw most of his action on special teams ... One of eight true freshmen to play in 2005.
*Jonathan Dwyer heading into Jr season: 2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 200-1395-7-12; Rec: 8-209-26.1-1; KR: 8-171-21.4-0; Emerged as one of the nation's top running backs as a sophomore… First Team All-ACC and the ACC Player of the Year -- just the third Yellow Jacket to earn the honor, joining Calvin Johnson and Joe Hamilton -- and a unanimous selection for the All-ACC team... led the ACC and ranked 17th nationally in rushing (107.3 ypg) overall and in league games only (113.0 ypg)... gives Tech the ACC?rushing champion for the third straight year... the only player in the ACC?to average more than 100 yards rushing... rushed for 1,395 yards this season -- the 4th-most single-season yards in Georgia Tech history... his rushing average (107.3) was the seventh-best in school history... rushed for 100 yards in a game nine times, tying the school record... his 1,831 career rushing yards ranks 10th in Tech history... Clemson's C.J. Spiller is the only returning player in the ACC?with more career yards... has 10 career 100-yard rushing games... rushed for 100 yards in each of the final four games of the regular season... his 1,775 all-purpose yards in 2008 were the second-most in Tech history... has 21 career rushing touchdowns (22 touchdowns total)... had eight pass receptions for 209 yards... was also used at times as a kick returner...2007: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 82-436-5.3-9; Rec: 2-17-8.5-0; KR: 14-306-21.9-0; 2007 ACC All-Freshman Team (Sporting News). Played in all 13 games... Tech’s second-leading rusher as a true freshman... averaged 5.3 yards per carry... ranked second on the team with nine touchdowns -- all by rushing... ranked third on the team in scoring (54 points)... averaged one touchdown every 9.1 carries... caught two passes on the season for 17 yards... averaged 21.9 yards on 14 kickoff returns and ranked among the ACC leaders for much of the season... scored a touchdown in his first career game -- in South Bend against Notre Dame no less -- and rushed for 27 yards in the season opener.
*Jerrard Tarrant heading into rJr season: 2010: Tarrant led the team with three interceptions, including a 33-yard touchdown return, with three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 2010. He also recorded 58 tackles, with 2.5 for a loss. Tarrant also served as a specialist in the Yellow Jackets’ kick return game, running back a pair of punts for touchdowns in 2009...2009: Was a starter at cornerback and was one of the nation's top punt returners... played in 14 games and started 10 times... recorded 58 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss... was responsible for all four of Tech's non-offensive touchdowns with two punt returns, one interception return and one fumble return... ranked third in the ACC and 12th nationally in punt return average, and had two punt return touchdowns... had two interceptions with one in each of the last two games of the season... recovered two fumbles and forced one fumble... had six pass break-ups... had 21 punt returns for 281 yards (13.4 ypa)... ranked third in the ACC and 13th nationally in punt return average...2008: Participated in spring drills and entered the season as a candidate to start in the secondary... was suspended indefinitely, however, because of a legal issue...2007: Redshirted.
Andrew Gardner heading into rSr season: 2007: Started every game at tackle... earned first team All-ACC honors... earned the first ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after Tech’s O-line completely dominated Notre Dame in the season opener (Sept. 1)... the Yellow Jackets rushed for 259 yards, including 196 by Tashard Choice against the Irish... graded out very well almost every week by then line coach Joe D’Alessandris... was instrumental in keeping Tech quarterbacks from getting sacked during a three-game stretch against Clemson, Maryland and Miami. 2006: Started every game at left tackle and earned honorable mention all-ACC recognition . . . Helps the Jackets rank second in the ACC in rushing and blocked for the league’s leading rusher, Tashard Choice, who gained nearly 1,500 yards . . . Preseason second-team all-ACC selection by Lindy’s, Athlon and The Sporting News, which also rated him the No. 17 offensive tackle in the nation. 2005: Started every game at left tackle and was named a first-team Freshman All-America by the Football Writers' Association of America . . . Named to the Freshman All-ACC team by The Sporting News . . . Also tabbed an honorable mention Freshman All-America by TSN . . . Helped Tech lead the ACC in fewest sacks allowed with just 10 and rank third in the league in rushing. 2004: Redshirted.
Vance Walker heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 30 Sol-45 TT, 14 TFL, 8.5 SK, 2 FR, 3 FF; 2007 First Team All-ACC. 2007 Third Team All-America (AP). Started all 13 games at defensive tackle... his three forced fumbles rank tied for seventh in the ACC and tied for 55th nationally... ranked fifth in the ACC and tied for 34th nationally in sacks (8.5)... ranked ninth in the ACC and tied for 68th nationally in tacklesfor- loss (14.0)... had forced three fumbles and recovered two fumbles... recorded a tackle-for-loss in 11 of 12 regular season games... 2006: 14 GP; 2 GS; 9 Sol-17 TT, 1 TFL, 0.5 SK; Had 17 tackles on the season . . . Credited with one tackle for loss and one-half sack. 2005: 10 GP; 2 GS; 12 Sol-15 TT, 3 TFL, 1 SK, 1 FR; Totaled 15 tackles, with three tackles for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery . . . One of eight true freshmen to see action on the season.
Anthony Allen heading into rSr season: 2010: All-ACC First Team...Allen, a Tampa (Fla.) native and a former transfer from Louisville, ranked second in the ACC and 18th nationally in rushing (101.2 ypg). He had five 100-yard rushing games in 2010 and rushed for more than 160 yards in each of the final two games of the regular season. Allen had 1,934 rushing yards in his two-year Georgia Tech career and, including his two seasons at Louisville, rushed for 3,036 career yards...2009: The Louisville transfer made an immediate impact, starting at A-back... ranked third on the team in rushing (44.1 ypg)... rushed for 100 yards in a game twice... had five receptions for 112 yards... scored seven touchdowns -- six by rushing, one by receiving... averaged a remarkable 9.7 yards per carry…2008: Sat out under NCAA transfer rules…2007: At Louisville: Played in all 12 games... rushed for 696 yards and seven touchdowns on 146 attempts... also caught 21 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns... set the school single-game rushing record in the second game of the season by erupting for 275 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries…2006: At Louisville: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman, including his first collegiate start against Cincinnati and one versus Syracuse... had five multiple-touchdown games... led the team in touchdowns with 14 (13 rushing/1 receiving)... carried 96 times for 406 yards and a team-best 13 touchdowns... ranked eighth in the Big East Conference in scoring.
Brad Jefferson heading into Sr season: 2009: An honorable mention All-ACC selection... recorded a team-high 95 tackles after earning just 24 tackles the previous season... ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (8.0)... forced two fumbles and had two pass breakups…2008: Started at inside linebacker when healthy... was the starter in the season opener then missed four games because of a dislocated wrist... spent four games as a back-up at ILB...2007: Played in all 12 regular season games as a true freshman... collected 10 tackles on the season including five solo tackles.
Darryl Richard heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 19 Sol-30 TT, 11.5 TFL, 4.5 SK, 1 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Started all 13 games at defensive tackle... averaged more than two tackles per game with 30 on the year... produced 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks... added one pass break-up, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble... 2006: 14 GP; 13 GS; 11 Sol-20 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 QBH; Named to the ACC All-Academic team . . . Collected 20 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss . . . Recorded tackles for loss in each of the last two games, against Georgia and Wake Forest . . . 2005: Redshirt year in 2005 due to a knee injury . . . Would have been a key performer for the Tech defense that season but was injured during spring practice and underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee in May of 2005...2004: 12 GP; 4 GS; 8 Sol-14 TT, 7 TFL, 4 SK, 1 QBH; Named to Sports Illustrated magazine's All-Bowl team after a strong performance in Tech's 51-14 victory over Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl . . . Had two sacks in the game, including one in the end zone for a safety . . . Outstanding student named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll for 2004-05 and 2005-06 and the 2006 ACC All-Academic football team . . . Member of Georgia Tech All-Academic team, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete on each team . . . Football team representative on the Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board for 2006-07.
Jahi Word-Daniels heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 50 Sol-56 TT, 2.5 TFL, 8 PBU; Started all 13 games despite battling numerous nagging injuries... had spring surgery to clean out bone fragments from knee injury suffered the previous spring... had 56 total tackles... earned 2.5 tackles-for-loss from his cornerback position... 2006: 14 GP; 5 GS; 34 Sol-42 TT, 1 TFL, 2 INT, 13 PBU; Had two interceptions and led the team with 13 pass breakups...Fifth in the ACC with 15 passes defended (deflections plus interceptions)...Made 42 tackles with one tackle for loss ..2005: 8 GP; 0 GS; 1 Sol-2 TT; One of eight true freshmen to see action...Played in eight games and made two tackles...Full name is Jahi Lateef Word-Daniels (first name pronounced juh-HEE).
Elris Anyaibe heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 0 GS; 7 Sol-10 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU; Played in all 12 regular season games as a top reserve... credited with 10 tackles on the season including 3.5 tackles-for-loss... had seven solo tackles... recorded 1.0 sacks... had one quarterback hurry... 2006: 11 GP; 0 GS; 1 Sol-2 TT, 1 PBU; Saw action in the first 10 games of the season . . . Injured against North Carolina and did not return until the bowl game... 2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 12 Sol-14 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Played in every game . . . 2004: Redshirted in 2004. . . Pronounced ER-iss on-YA-bee.
Anthony Egbuniwe heading into rSr season: 2009: Moved into the starting lineup in mid-September at defensive end opposite All- American teammate Derrick Morgan... overcame nagging injuries to have a solid campaign... played in 12 games and started nine times... recorded 19 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one pass break-up...2008: Overcame nagging early-season injuries to be a back-up at defensive end and a member of special teams...2007: Sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules...2006: Spent the 2006 season at Tulsa University, where he played as a true freshman... played in 10 of 13 games.
Mario Butler heading into Sr season: 2010: Played in all 13 games...48 total tackles (33 solo)...2 tackles for loss...1 interception and 7 passes defended in 2010...2009: Enjoyed the best season of his career to date... started all 14 games...recorded 45 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and two interceptions…2008: Improved week to week as a starter at cornerback... had 41 total tackles, including 33 solo tackles... had one interception, four pass break-ups and 3.5 tackles-for-loss…2007: Played in all 12 regular season games... credited with three tackles on the season -- all solo tackles.
Joshua Nesbitt heading into Sr season: 2009: The first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback... emerged as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks and his name was mentioned at one point as a Heisman Trophy candidate... one of three team captains... started all 14 games... produced more than 1,000 yards rushing (1,037) and passing (1,701)... entering 2009, 48 players in NCAA history had accomplished that feat... became the first quarterback in Georgia Tech history and the second in ACC history to rush for 1,000 yards... his 1,037 rushing yards were the 12th-most single- season yards in Tech history... ranked fifth in the ACC in rushing... ranked fifth nationally among quarterbacks in rushing... rushed for 90 or more yards six times... his 279 rushing attempts were the fifth-most in Tech history... his 2,738 yards of total offense were the fifth-most in Tech history…2008: A clutch performer and one of the most dangerous run/throw combinations in the ACC... overcame nagging injuries for an outstanding sophomore year... missed two games entirely and parts of other games because of hamstring and ankle injuries... led all ACC quarterbacks, ranked second on the team and eighth in the ACC in rushing yards per game (63.0)... ranked 10th in the ACC in total offense (136.5 ypg)... ran for seven touchdowns and threw for two... rushed for 693 yards -- the second-most ever by a Tech quarterback in one season…2007: The true freshman saw action in 11 of 13 games... after sitting out September games vs. Boston College and Virginia he saw action in each of the last nine games of the season, playing at least one series in each half... ranked third on the team in rushing with 339 net yards... averaged a team-best 6.4 yards per carry... completed 5-of-13 passes for 93 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
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