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  04/09/21 - Kenneth KirbyrSr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 280 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  Kenneth Kirby is coming to Georgia Tech with an NFL body, NFL ambition and a healthy dose of confidence. After the offensive tackle declared his intent in February to leave Norfolk State for Tech as a graduate transfer, he is ready to prove himself on a much bigger stage. "I feel like it's a test that I'm ready for," Kirby said. "To me, I don't think there's a huge gap between guys in FCS and FBS." Kirby has proved himself at the FCS level. At Norfolk State, he was a three-year starter and a two-time All-MEAC selection. But, with a shot at the NFL in mind, he decided to use his last season of eligibility at the highest level of play.

"Really, my goal was to go to a Power 5 school and perform there because for me at my position, it makes a big difference," Kirby told the AJC. "So that's really the main goal in all of this, to get my draft grade as high as possible." Kirby, who is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, shows quick feet and a strong punch in pass protection and power in his run blocking. He describes his style as "aggressive but smart" and said he takes pride in finishing plays through the whistle and "really just making people hate you." - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#999 OT) rSr/2022 OT Kenneth KirbyGeorgia Tech
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  04/09/21 - Jahmyr GibbsFr/2024, Georgia Tech, 5-10, 195 (DS#15 RB) + More +

  Following Tuesday's spring-practice workout, Smith reported he was at 202 pounds when he weighed himself Monday, up from his playing weight last season of about 182. Gibbs said he was 203 pounds, up from about 192 during the season. "I'm stronger," Gibbs said. "I'm pretty sure I got faster." Presumably, the race to add muscle mass will stop at some point before offensive tackle Jordan Williams is invited into the Gibbs/Smith weigh-in challenge, but it's nonetheless an illustration of the sort of competition that fuels the running backs overseen by position coach Tashard Choice. Gibbs calls it a "friendly competitive vibe," but it's competition all the same. "That's honestly what it is," Smith said. "I mean, we love each other and everything, but at the end of the day, we're all fighting for reps."

Tech has no position more stocked than running back. As a freshman, Gibbs ranked fourth in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game (138.3). Mason, an All-ACC pick in 2019, has run for 90-plus yards nine times in his career. Of players with double-digit carries, Smith led the team with a 6.9 yards-per-carry average, boosted by six runs of 20 yards or more out of 43 carries. It shouldn't be forgotten that Griffin was the No. 2 running-back prospect in Georgia in the 2019 class (247Sports Composite) and has run for 354 yards in two seasons, hardly a shabby total. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#15 RB) Fr/2024 RB Jahmyr GibbsGeorgia Tech
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  04/08/21 - Quez JacksonJr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-0, 225 (DS#53 ILB) + More +

  A year ago, Georgia Tech linebacker Quez Jackson said, he chose to focus on his on-field play. With captain David Curry in the linebacker group, he ceded the leadership role to him. But after leading the Yellow Jackets in tackles for the past two seasons and also being honored as one of the captains for both of those teams, Curry has moved on, and the leadership role naturally falls to Jackson, who finished second in tackles behind Curry last year in his third season at Tech (with 80 to Curry's 84). "I've definitely taken a much different approach than what I did last season, going about every phase of my life completely different than what I did last season," he said. "Just understanding my role and understanding the type of influence that I have within that room and just making sure that all the guys are playing hard."

Jackson, who has started 15 career games (including all 10 last season) and has yet to miss a game in his career, would seem to have plenty of leadership to offer. And he may have been shortchanging himself in his estimation of his leadership last year. Coach Geoff Collins bestowed upon him a single-digit jersey prior to the start of spring practice, recognition of his status as a leader and teammate. Jackson has switched from No. 44 to No. 4, the number he wore with distinction at Peach County High. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#53 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB Quez JacksonGeorgia Tech
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  04/08/21 - Ayinde EleyrJr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 240 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  The phone calls between Ayinde Eley and his father Donald Hill-Eley are different now. Hill-Eley hears excitement in his son's voice when they talk, particularly when the talk turns to football, as it often might. Eley is a linebacker at Georgia Tech, a grad transfer from Maryland, and his father is head coach at Alabama State. "It's just a totally different conversation when I talk to him now," Hill-Eley told the AJC Monday. "He's really enjoying the game of football, and that helps you reach your potential." Hill-Eley is optimistic for his son's playing time at Tech, aspirations shared by Tech defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker, among others. But more than that, Hill-Eley is glad for the happiness that he hears coming through his phone. As early as Maryland's first game last season, which was his son's fourth year at the school, Hill-Eley said that he knew that his son would be transferring.

"I've got some guys here that don't play, or their (playing) time has been cut," Hill-Eley said of players on his own team. "But the key is having some kind of communication with the guys that they don't feel ostracized. That's the feeling that we got when we were up the road (at Maryland). I just wanted him to get around some guys that, it's not so much whether he plays or not - I think he's good enough to play - but that it doesn't feel personal." At Maryland, Eley started nine of the Terrapins' 12 games in 2019, and he finished second in tackles with 79. In 2020, however, he played in three of the Terrapins' five games with one start. He announced his decision to go into the portal on Dec. 25 and then went public with his transfer to Tech on the 28th. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#999 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Ayinde EleyGeorgia Tech
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  04/01/21 - Jeff SimsFr/2024, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 215 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  It was just the first day of spring practice, but Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins nevertheless liked what he saw from quarterback Jeff Sims in Tuesday's practice. While players were not in pads, Sims earned Collins' approval in running the Yellow Jackets offense. "All of the things that a true freshman quarterback (Sims) had to do last year, just his comfort level and his confidence in being able to direct the offense - to move it, knowing where to go with the football, knowing where to go with the run game - just tremendous improvements in that area as well," Collins said.

As a freshman who started every game last season, Sims had highs and lows, showing a playmaking flair with both his arm and feet (13 passing touchdowns, six rushing touchdowns, 25 runs of 10-plus yards) but also throwing 13 interceptions in 257 attempts. Sims has shown a commitment to improving with the aid of offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude, according to Collins. "One of my favorite things about Jeff is he's so humble," Collins said. "(He) has a tremendous amount of desire to get better in every single phase, and he goes through game after game with coach Patenaude." - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#10 QB) Fr/2024 QB Jeff SimsGeorgia Tech
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  03/31/21 - Zach QuinneyrJr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 315 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  A three-year starter and a captain for the 2020 team, Georgia Tech offensive tackle Zach Quinney has decided to move forward from football. He was planning to return for his fourth season until he received a job opportunity that he decided to accept, Quinney told the AJC Monday. Quinney was initially enrolled this semester after having graduated in December with a degree in business administration, but withdrew to begin his work career, calling it a "very difficult decision" in a text message. Players making decisions similar to Quinney's is not unusual. Just before the start of last season, for instance, Yellow Jackets defensive tackle Chris Martin decided to not play his senior season in part to devote more time to his job search. - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(DS#999 OT) rJr/2022 OT Zach QuinneyGeorgia Tech
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  03/24/21 - Jahmyr GibbsFr/2024, Georgia Tech, 5-10, 195 (DS#15 RB) + More +

  Georgia Tech has issued 10 new single-digit jerseys to Yellow Jackets players, including three running backs and four wide receivers. Running backs Jahmyr Gibbs (jersey No. 1, from No. 21), Dontae Smith (No. 4, from No. 28) and Jamious Griffin (No. 6, from No. 22) have been awarded the prize single-digit numbers by coach Geoff Collins, which are given to team members deemed to be great leaders and teammates. The new assignments were revealed on the team website when the roster was updated Monday in advance of the start of spring practice, which was to start Tuesday morning but was delayed by COVID-19 protocols. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#15 RB) Fr/2024 RB Jahmyr GibbsGeorgia Tech
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  03/23/21 - Devin CochranrSr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-6, 318 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  Seven transfers will be taking part in their first Tech practices, all seeming to have a clear shot at contributing and possibly starting. The spring can be useful for getting acclimated to different schemes and terminology and learning teammates. They include three grad transfers - offensive tackle Devin Cochran (Vanderbilt), linebacker Ayinde Eley (Maryland) and wide receiver Kyric McGowan (Northwestern) - and four standard transfers, defensive end Kevin Harris (Alabama), guard Nick Pendley (Mississippi State), defensive tackle Makius Scott (South Carolina) and cornerback Kenyatta Watson (Texas).

Cochran, who started 32 games for the Commodores over three seasons, may be the most impactful. Offensive line coach Brent Key will have three tackles with at least one season of starting experience in Cochran and returning starters Zach Quinney and Jordan Williams. A fourth, Kenneth Kirby, is expected to arrive in May as a grad transfer from Norfolk State, where he was a three-year starter. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#999 OT) rSr/2022 OT Devin CochranGeorgia Tech
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  03/14/21 - Jeff SimsFr/2024, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 215 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  The start time for Georgia Tech's spring game April 23 has been set for 6 p.m., and the scrimmage will be broadcast on the ACC Network. Tech made the announcement Friday. The earlier-than-normal start time for the Friday night game at Bobby Dodd Stadium was chosen to allow for the ACC Network broadcast. Tech's baseball team, which will begin a three-game home series with Florida State on that day, has reset its first-pitch time from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Attendance plans and safety protocols for the scrimmage will be finalized at a later date. The Yellow Jackets begin spring practice March 23. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

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  03/04/21 - Pressley Harvin IIISr/2021, Georgia Tech, 5-11, 263 (DS#3 P) + More +

  Following his unanimous All-American season, former Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin received a solid indicator of his NFL draft prospects Wednesday. The winner of the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter, Harvin was one of four punters who was recognized by the NFL as a scouting combine invitee. Harvin is vying to become Tech's first punter draftee since Durant Brooks in 2008. The combine will not take place in Indianapolis this year because of COVID-19. Workouts will be conducted at prospects' Pro Days. Interviews and psychological testing will be conducted virtually, and in-person medical exams will be limited. The naming of combine invitees was done to recognize them as top prospects for the draft. Tech's Pro Day will be held March 16. The other punters invited are Drue Chrisman (Ohio State), Max Duffy (Kentucky) and James Smith (Cincinnati). - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#3 P) Sr/2021 P Pressley Harvin IIIGeorgia Tech
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  02/28/21 - Kenneth KirbyrSr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 280 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  Georgia Tech dipped into the transfer market again for an under-the-radar player who has the look of a potential playmaker. Kenneth Kirby, who was a two-time All-MEAC selection as a left tackle at Norfolk State, announced his decision to play for the Yellow Jackets in the 2021 season as a grad transfer. Kirby, listed at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds, comes to Tech with experience and size. At Norfolk State, an FCS school, Kirby started all 34 games that he played in, starting from his freshman season. He was named third-team All-MEAC as a sophomore in 2017, redshirted the 2018 season and then was named first-team All-MEAC as a junior in 2019. That season, Kirby graded out at 96%, gave up two half-sacks for the season and led the team in knockdown blocks. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#999 OT) rSr/2022 OT Kenneth KirbyGeorgia Tech
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  02/26/21 - Jahmyr GibbsFr/2024, Georgia Tech, 5-10, 195 (DS#15 RB) + More +

  Georgia Tech will hold its annual spring game April 23, keeping with its recent tradition of playing it on a Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The team made the announcement Thursday. Plans for attendance and safety protocols have not been finalized. This past fall, Tech capped attendance for games at Bobby Dodd Stadium at 20% of capacity, or about 11,000. Athletic director Todd Stansbury has said that the athletic department plans to return to full capacity for the 2021 season. The start time also has not been determined, but there are plans for the game to be televised. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#15 RB) Fr/2024 RB Jahmyr GibbsGeorgia Tech
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  02/18/21 - Kaleb OliverrJr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 220 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  After three seasons and 33 games, Georgia Tech safety Kaleb Oliver will leave the Yellow Jackets as a graduate transfer. Oliver, who started four games this past season, made the announcement Thursday. Oliver was part of a talented secondary, mostly playing nickel back the past two seasons for defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker. He started six games as a sophomore in 2019, finishing seventh on the team with 39 tackles, as well as six passes defensed, tied for second on the team. In 2020, he played in nine games, starting four, and was credited with 32 tackles, eighth on the team. Four of the tackles were for loss. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#999 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Kaleb OliverGeorgia Tech
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  02/16/21 - Brent CimagliaSr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-0, 210 (DS#11 K) + More +

  Georgia Tech has secured a transfer who has the potential to significantly upgrade the kicking game in Tennessee kicker Brent Cimaglia, who announced he will join the Yellow Jackets as a grad transfer. Cimaglia made the announcement Sunday. In four seasons with the Volunteers, Cimaglia made 46 of 62 field-goal tries (74.2%) and was 88-for-89 on point-after tries. In 2019-20, he was 16-for-22 on field-goal tries from 40 yards and out. In the 2019 season, he was 23-for-27 and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top kicker. He took 10 kickoffs as a freshman, recording four touchbacks. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#11 K) Sr/2022 K Brent CimagliaGeorgia Tech
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  02/03/21 - Jeff SimsFr/2024, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 215 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Georgia Tech's first game of its six-year series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will come against North Carolina on Sept. 25. Tech made the announcement Tuesday. The decision was made after the ACC's release of the conference schedule for the 2021 season Thursday. The Yellow Jackets' four league home games - against North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Boston College - were candidates to be shifted from Bobby Dodd Stadium to the downtown stadium, part of Tech's agreement to play one game there each year starting this fall through 2026. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#10 QB) Fr/2024 QB Jeff SimsGeorgia Tech
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