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  SEPT 13 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jordan Domineck, Georgia Tech, So., RE, Lakeland, Fla.,...Recorded five tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, two forced fumbles and a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Georgia Tech's 45-17 win over Kennesaw State ... Turned in one of the nation's top defensive plays of the weekend in the first quarter of Saturday's win, when he forced a fumble on a pitch by KSU QB Xavier Shepherd, scooped up the loose ball and returned it 70 yards for a score to turn a potential tie game into a 14-0 Georgia Tech lead ... Matched a Georgia Tech record with two forced fumbles, becoming only the 13th player in school history to force two fumbles in a single game ... Helped lead a defense that limited KSU's high-powered option offense to just 272 total yards. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#999 DE) rJr/2023 DE Jordan DomineckGeorgia Tech
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  09/11/21 - Jordan YatesrSo/2024, Georgia Tech, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Geoff Collins believes the resiliency demonstrated by his Georgia Tech players shows "we're leaps and bounds from where we were." Collins also knows a more telling test awaits next week when the Yellow Jackets visit No. 6 Clemson. Fill-in starter Jordan Yates passed for four touchdowns and Georgia Tech contained Kennesaw State's triple-option offense to beat the Owls 45-17 on Saturday. "To come out and play at a high level in every area of the game is pretty cool," Collins said. With the bounce-back win from last week's stunning loss to Northern Illinois, Georgia Tech (1-1) gained momentum for its Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Clemson next week.

The performances by Yates and Kyric McGowan, who had two touchdown catches, are evidence of improved depth from back-to-back three-win seasons. Yates became the first quarterback in Georgia Tech history to throw for four touchdowns in his first start. The redshirt freshman completed 17 of 22 passes for 254 yards as the replacement starter for Jeff Sims, who was in uniform but held out with a left arm injury. Yates gave credit to his offensive line. "I'm really proud of my guys out there," Yates said. "They kept me upright all game up front." - Georgia Tech/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Jordan YatesGeorgia Tech
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  09/07/21 - Jeff SimsSo/2024, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 215 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  A stunning season-opening loss to Northern Illinois has third-year Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins forced to defend the state of his rebuilding process. The health of quarterback Jeff Sims could be a key to Collins' hopes of showing progress in 2021. Collins is 6-16 in his third season in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets, who play FCS state rival Kennesaw State on Saturday, have lost six of seven since a 2-2 start to the 2020 season. The latest loss was especially damaging to hopes the 2021 season could provide signs Collins can build a winning team.

Among low points in Collins' three seasons, perhaps only a loss to The Citadel in his 2019 debut season compares with last Saturday's 22-21 loss to Northern Illinois. Georgia Tech was favored by 18 1/2 points. The visit from Kennesaw State was expected to generate momentum for Georgia Tech's Atlantic Coast Conference opener at No. 6 Clemson on Sept. 18. Now, with new questions at quarterback, no one dares to look past Kennesaw State, which will be playing its first game against a Power 5 opponent. Sims' status against Kennesaw State is uncertain after he left the loss to Northern Illinois with an apparent left arm injury. Sims, a right-handed thrower, had his hand on his left elbow as he left the field. He had his left arm in a sling as he stood on the sideline for the second half. - AP College Football


(DS#11 QB) So/2024 QB Jeff SimsGeorgia Tech
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  08/24/21 - Tobias OliverrSr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-1, 197 (DS#194 CB) + More +

  After the luxury of a full spring practice and an offseason training with his teammates, Georgia Tech cornerback Tobias Oliver feels much better about his play going into his second season at the position. Oliver came to Tech to play quarterback for coach Paul Johnson and shined as a redshirt freshman backup to TaQuon Marshall in 2018. He was the starting quarterback in the 2019 season opener, coach Geoff Collins' debut, but moved to wide receiver midseason.

Oliver moved again after that season, this time to cornerback, but spring practice was cut short because of COVID-19. Then the pandemic prevented him from working with teammates in 7-on-7 drills and gaining more experience at a position he had never previously played. While he's one of the top athletes on the team, it was an adventure at corner last season. "Last year was definitely an eye-opener," Oliver said Wednesday. "I wasn't as ready as I thought I was." He called cornerback a "feel position," and his growing knowledge of the defense, opposing offenses and the techniques required to play the position have helped his comfort and confidence level. This year, with the experience of a season as a backup cornerback, followed by spring practice and then offseason work, "I feel very confident at the position," he said. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#194 CB) rSr/2022 CB Tobias OliverGeorgia Tech
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  Georgia Tech running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling and defensive lineman Grey Carroll are expected to rejoin the team when the fall semester begins on Aug. 23. Neither has been practicing with the team during the preseason. "That's what we're anticipating," coach Geoff Collins said Monday, following the team's ninth preseason practice. "I think Monday, class will start, so they'll be back." By NCAA rule, teams are limited to 110 players that can take part in preseason practice before the start of class. An early-enrollee freshman, Carroll has been recovering from a physical ailment. Jordan-Swilling, going into his senior year, has had an academic obligation, according to his father Pat Swilling. "I don't want to put a date on it, but he's progressing really well," Collins said of Carroll. "Our athletics training staff is amazing and he works really, really hared to get himself back in a good spot." - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#18 FB) rSr/2022 FB Bruce Jordan-SwillingGeorgia Tech
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  08/21/21 - Brent CimagliaSr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-0, 210 (DS#11 K) + More +

  When Brent Cimaglia was seeking a transfer destination after graduating from Tennessee, the kicker had a salesman on the inside at Georgia Tech. The testimony of punter and kickoff specialist Austin Kent, himself a grad transfer from UCLA, helped convince Cimaglia to transfer to Tech. "I've known him since eighth grade," Cimaglia said Thursday. "And really just hearing his stories about how fun Georgia Tech was, it was an easy decision." Cimaglia entered the transfer portal in late January, announced his decision to enroll at Tech in February and arrived in the summer. Using the extra season of eligibility provided by the NCAA because of COVID-19, he has one season remaining.

His experience and accuracy over four seasons with the Volunteers (he made 46 of 62 field-goal tries) figure to be a boost for Tech, which has been 3-for-8 each of the past two seasons. He was 4-for-4, with a long of 48 yards, in the team's scrimmage Saturday. "From Austin being my holder to Cade Long being the snapper to coach (Brent) Key setting up the line and the protection, I think we have a very good unit this year," Cimaglia said. "Can't wait to go out there first game and put some points on the board." Cimaglia spoke highly of the team environment at Tech, which guard Ryan Johnson, also a former Volunteer, had told him about. Cimaglia was skeptical before visiting. "So I came down, and it was just amazing," he said. "From the coaches to the players to the school to academics, everybody was just amazing. Really friendly." - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#11 K) Sr/2022 K Brent CimagliaGeorgia Tech
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  08/21/21 - Dylan LeonardJr/2023, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 245 (DS#39 TE) + More +

  Georgia Tech tight end Dylan Leonard packed on the pounds as a freshman in an attempt to handle the rigors of college football. Weighing about 210 pounds upon his arrival in 2019, he expanded by about 35 pounds in less than a year, a commitment that helped him earn a scholarship from coach Geoff Collins. He spent the offseason making those 245 pounds work better for him. "Last year, I kind of felt a little awkward sometimes with my body just because I wasn't used to carrying 245," he said Thursday. "But now I've gotten a lot stronger, and I've kind of redistributed that weight to more muscle, so I feel a lot more powerful, a lot faster in my body now."

Now in his third season, Leonard is competing with classmate Dylan Deveney for the starting job. Last year, Leonard played in seven games and started two as he split time with Deveney. Just as Leonard's increased strength has served him thus far in the preseason, so has his experience. "Just as we get older, the way I approach the game has really changed," he said. "It's kind of come from, 'How can I not mess up this play?' to 'How can I maximize this play?' And I feel like that mindset, especially in blocking, has helped me be more confident, more comfortable." - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#39 TE) Jr/2023 TE Dylan LeonardGeorgia Tech
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  08/19/21 - Kenneth KirbyrSr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 280 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  After six days of preseason practice, Georgia Tech defensive end Jordan Domineck has had chances to spar with new offensive tackle Kenneth "K.J." Kirby. Tech's leading returning sack producer gave his approval Thursday of the graduate transfer from Norfolk State. "K.J.'s a good offensive lineman," Domineck said Thursday. "He has strong hands, a good set. It's nice to be able to go against that level of competition." Kirby transferred after playing three seasons at the FCS school, twice earning all-conference honors at offensive tackle. It's possible he could pair with Devin Cochran, with the Vanderbilt grad transfer playing left tackle and Kirby on the right. Jordan Williams, who started at right tackle last season as a freshman, could move to guard. Domineck said that it's "always iron sharpening iron" when competing against those three. Domineck said he and Kirby have traded practices where each got the better of the other. - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(DS#999 OT) rSr/2022 OT Kenneth KirbyGeorgia Tech
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  One period of Georgia Tech's practice Tuesday was dedicated to the one-on-one pass-rush drill. Among the more impressive players was defensive tackle Ja'Quon Griffin. The drill is basic, with one defensive lineman rushing upfield against an offensive lineman, generally a defensive end vs. an offensive tackle or a defensive tackle vs. a guard or center. Griffin's quickness was on full display, using his quickness at the snap to get past right guard Ryan Johnson.

Defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker said what might have been clear to anyone watching the drill, that Griffin has the quickest first step of any of the Yellow Jackets' defensive linemen. "That's one of his dominant traits, obviously," Thacker said Tuesday following Tech's fourth practice of the preseason. Thacker said that Griffin also excels at recognizing pass plays and transitioning from playing the run to rushing the passer. Listed at 6-foot and 258 pounds, Griffin doesn't have the size that Thacker and coach Geoff Collins have sought on the recruiting trail. And his size can be a limitation when facing offensive linemen who weigh 50 or 60 pounds more than him. But it hasn't kept him from being in the defensive tackle rotation for the past two seasons. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#999 DT) rJr/2023 DT JaQuon GriffinGeorgia Tech
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  08/15/21 - Jeff SimsSo/2024, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 215 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  As he enters the season as the expected starter for the second year in a row, Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims said that he can feel a difference from his freshman season when he gets on the field. "I definitely feel the speed of it slowing down," Sims said Monday following the Yellow Jackets' third practice of the preseason. "It's really just processing it faster than slowing it down. But I definitely feel more comfortable out there."

Sims' comments followed remarks he made at the ACC Kickoff media event in Charlotte, N.C., in July, when he spoke of his growing confidence and his ability to manipulate defenses when players competed in seven-on-seven workouts. Coach Geoff Collins has remarked a number of times how much time Sims had spent watching game video to help deepen his understanding of the Tech offense. In 10 starts last season, Sims completed 54.9% of his passes and averaged 188.1 passing yards per game with 13 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. "I definitely approach the game in a different way," Sims said Monday. "I feel like it's a great thing for me, just taking it one day at a time and getting better each day, stacking days. Just going out there knowing that I've just got to go through my reads and just slow the game down in my head and stay calm." - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#11 QB) So/2024 QB Jeff SimsGeorgia Tech
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  08/15/21 - Jahmyr GibbsSo/2024, Georgia Tech, 5-10, 195 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs has put on weight and added strength since the end of last season. The gains aren't lost on offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude. "He's got (trapezius muscles) and he's got a chest and he's got triceps and he's got muscles (where) he never thought he had muscles," Patenaude said Monday following the team's third preseason practice. "So we're not afraid to roll him inside the (offensive) tackles at all. Because he's learning how to run with his pads down and pound the ball."

Saturday, Gibbs said he added about 10 pounds from his playing weight last year, putting him now at 201 pounds after playing last season between 190 and 193 pounds. He can bench press 225 pounds 16 times, up from 11. As Patenaude mentioned, the added strength and weight make Gibbs a more viable ball carrier on the inside, which adds to his ability as a threat on the perimeter. A year ago, Gibbs proved himself one of the top running backs in the ACC, finishing fourth in the league in all-purpose yards at 138.3 yards per game. "He's gotten bigger," quarterback Jeff Sims said. "It's really helpful because he can run up between gaps now, and it's dangerous." - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#16 RB) So/2024 RB Jahmyr GibbsGeorgia Tech
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  After moving from linebacker to quarterback in the spring, Georgia Tech's Demetrius Knight was back at linebacker Friday on the first day of preseason practice. Knight played quarterback at Strong Rock Christian School in Henry County and was recruited to play the position for former coach Paul Johnson. He was switched to linebacker in 2019 upon his arrival to campus and played there for two seasons as a backup. Knight then chose to give quarterback a try this spring as the team was short on numbers following the transfers of James Graham and Tucker Gleason.

However, Knight chose to return to defense, where linebacker and safety are both possibilities. The transfer of quarterback Trad Beatty from Temple (coach Geoff Collins' previous employer) likely factored in, too. "(Knight) did a really good job in the spring trying out playing quarterback and just saw a need to be back on the defensive side of the ball," Collins said. Collins praised Knight for his work ethic and status as one of the top weightlifters on the team. He called Knight, one of the better athletes on the team, "an NFL player" at whatever position he decides to play. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#999 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Demetrius Knight IIGeorgia Tech
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  08/07/21 - Jeff SimsSo/2024, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 215 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  With 2020 leading receiver Jalen Camp in training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jackets' receiver corps will have to find trustworthy options for quarterback Jeff Sims. With so many starters returning, the task of finding a successor for Camp could be one of the primary missions of the preseason. Malachi Carter (20 catches in 2020) and Adonicas Sanders (17 catches) are the two most experienced returnees, and transfer slot receiver Kyric McGowan (Northwestern) looks like a strong candidate for playing time and a large role in the offense. After that, talented younger receivers such as PeJe Harris and Marquez Ezzard, among many others, will push for opportunities. It could also be a breakout year for the tight-end group, led by Dylan Deveney and Dylan Leonard. "I kind of felt bad last year because they didn't get as much love, but our tight ends are definitely going to be involved in the offense this year," Sims said. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#11 QB) So/2024 QB Jeff SimsGeorgia Tech
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  08/07/21 - Jordan HuffrSo/2024, Georgia Tech, 6-1, 194 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  A backup for the past two seasons, Georgia Tech defensive back Jordan Huff entered the transfer portal Thursday, a day before the Yellow Jackets were to begin their preseason training. Huff's decision to put his name in the transfer database was confirmed by a person familiar with the decision. The news was first reported by On3. Huff, from Morgan County High, played in a total of eight games in two seasons for Tech, totaling one tackle. Huff has four seasons of eligibility remaining. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB Jordan HuffGeorgia Tech
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  08/02/21 - Azende ReySr/2022, Georgia Tech, 5-10, 215 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Georgia Tech safety Juanyeh Thomas and his brother Azende Rey talked, laughed and prayed about it. And now, it has finally come to pass. Thomas and his older brother, previously a wide receiver at Florida A&M, will be Yellow Jackets teammates this fall as Rey has joined the roster as a graduate transfer. "I'm very excited," Rey told the AJC on Saturday, after he announced his decision from his Twitter account Friday evening. "Me and him have been talking about it for a long time. We've spoken it into existence." Rey played three seasons at Florida A&M, one at running back and then two at wide receiver. In June, he said, he put his name into the transfer portal. He last played in 2019, when he caught 30 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns. The Rattlers did not play this past academic year, opting out because of COVID-19.

Rey said that leaving Florida A&M was best for his future. "I just feel like it was my time to leave," he said. "I did what I could, left it on the field. I hope they would be appreciative of me like I would be of them." Rey said that while he heard from other schools after going in the portal, Tech was his preferred destination. Rey graduated from Florida A&M in 2020 with a degree in criminal justice. He had been there several times to visit his brother and had seen his enjoyment at Tech. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#999 WR) Sr/2022 WR Azende ReyGeorgia Tech
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