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  11/29/21 - Jahmyr GibbsrFr/2025, Georgia Tech, 5-10, 195 (DS#20 RB) + More +

  Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who finished third in the nation in all-purpose yards, announced plans on Monday to enter the transfer portal. Gibbs made the announcement on his Twitter account. "After a long and hard process and talks with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal," Gibbs wrote, adding "I have loved my time here at Georgia Tech." Gibbs said he has made "life long friends" with teammates and coaches, including running backs coach Tashard Choice. “Thank y'all for believing in me and showing me nothing but love through the good and bad times." Gibbs also thanked Georgia Tech fans for their support. Gibbs made the announcement two days after Georgia Tech completed a 3-9 season with a 45-0 loss to No. 1 Georgia. Gibbs ran for only 1 yard on two carries before suffering an undisclosed injury that prevented him from returning in the second half. - AP College Football

(DS#20 RB) rFr/2025 RB Jahmyr GibbsGeorgia Tech
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  11/08/21 - Juanyeh ThomasrJr/2023, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 217 (DS#13 SS) + More +

  NOV 8 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Juanyeh Thomas, Georgia Tech, Jr., S, Niceville, Fla.,...Turned in an impressive all-around defensive performance with nine tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble (which was returned for a touchdown) and 100-yard interception return for a defensive two-point conversion in Georgia Tech's narrow 33-30 loss at Miami ... Became the first NCAA Division I FBS player since 2015 and the first ACC player since 2008 to record at least nine tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble while also scoring in a game ... Scored the rare defensive two-point conversion by intercepting a pass on Miami's attempt and weaving through a maze of would-be tacklers for a 100-yard return in the fourth quarter. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#13 SS) rJr/2023 SS Juanyeh ThomasGeorgia Tech
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  10/25/21 - Jude KelleyrFr/2025, Georgia Tech, 6-1, 172 (DS#999 K) + More +

  OCT 25 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Jude Kelley, Georgia Tech, Fr., PK, Acworth, Ga.,...Put Georgia Tech in position to nearly rally from a 21-point deficit with less than four minutes remaining by converting two perfectly executed onside kicks in the final two minutes of the Yellow Jackets' 48-40 loss to Virginia ... Also had a perfectly executed sky kick earlier in the second half that pinned UVA inside its own 10 yard line ... Kelley is now a perfect 3-for-3 on onside kick attempts this year. - ACC Football

(DS#999 K) rFr/2025 K Jude KelleyGeorgia Tech
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  10/11/21 - Juanyeh ThomasrJr/2023, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 217 (DS#13 SS) + More +

  OCT 11 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Juanyeh Thomas, Georgia Tech, Jr., S, Niceville, Fla.,...Registered a career-high 11 tackles and made the game-sealing interception with 15 seconds remaining in Georgia Tech's 31-27 win at Duke ... The interception at the Georgia Tech 20-yard line with 15 seconds remaining ended Duke's final drive after the Yellow Jackets had taken a 31-27 lead with 51 seconds left in the game ... The interception was Duke's only turnover of the game ... Thomas' 11 tackles topped his previous career best of 10, set last season at Syracuse (Sept. 26, 2020). - ACC Football

(DS#13 SS) rJr/2023 SS Juanyeh ThomasGeorgia Tech
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  10/11/21 - Ayinde EleyrJr/2023, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 232 (DS#28 ILB) + More +

  OCT 11 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Ayinde Eley, Georgia Tech, Jr., LB, Olney, Md.,...Registered a game-high and career-high 13 tackles in Georgia Tech's 31-27 win over Duke ... The 13 tackles tied for the fifth-most by an ACC player in a game this season ... Key stops included teaming with DE Jordan Domineck for a third-down sack that forced a punt and led to a Georgia Tech field goal early in the second quarter. - ACC Football

(DS#28 ILB) rJr/2023 ILB Ayinde EleyGeorgia Tech
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  10/09/21 - Jeff SimsrFr/2025, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 210 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Adonicas Sanders caught a 36-yard touchdown throw from Jeff Sims with 51 seconds left to help Georgia Tech rally past Duke 31-27 on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets (3-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) got the ball with 1:42 left and no timeouts at their own 12-yard line. But Sims targeted Sanders for the two big plays on the go-ahead drive, first when he beat Jeremiah Lewis deep down the right side for a 37-yard gain. Then came Sanders catch at the goalline, securing the deep ball despite Lewis committing a pass-interference penalty in a desperate attempt to break up the pass. Those were Sanders’ only catches of the game.

Duke (3-3, 0-2) had one more drive to respond and crossed midfield, but Juanyeh Thomas intercepted an overthrown ball from Gunnar Holmberg over the middle with 15 seconds left to seal this one. Sims threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions for Georgia Tech, which scored the game’s first 14 points but found itself in a tight finish to the final seconds. One of those three scoring throws was a 77-yard pass to Jahmyr Gibbs - who was left completely uncovered coming out of the backfield for an easy catch-and-run on the left side on the Yellow Jackets’ first possession. - Georgia Tech/AP College Football


(DS#23 QB) rFr/2025 QB Jeff SimsGeorgia Tech
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  SEPT 27 ACC CO-LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Charlie Thomas, Georgia Tech, Jr., LB, Thomasville, Ga.,...Perhaps the biggest contributor to Georgia Tech's stellar defensive performance in Saturday night's 45-22 win over No. 21 North Carolina ... Stuffed the stat sheet with 2.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and eight total tackles ... Marked only the 11th time since 2000 that an ACC player recorded at least eight tackles, 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in a single game ... Only the second Power 5 conference player and fourth player in all of FBS with eight tackles, 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in a game this season ... Led a defensive effort that saw Georgia Tech limit North Carolina's high-powered offense to nearly 21 points and 185 yards below its season averages entering the game. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#58 OLB) rJr/2023 OLB Charlie ThomasGeorgia Tech
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  09/26/21 - Jeff SimsrFr/2025, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 210 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Jeff Sims came off the bench to run for three touchdowns and pass for another, Georgia Tech's defense stifled Sam Howell much of the game and the Yellow Jackets beat a ranked team for the first time in Geoff Collins' three seasons as coach, upsetting No. 21 North Carolina 45-22 Saturday night. Playing for the first time since he was injured in a season-opening loss to Northern Illinois, Sims replaced Jordan Yates late in the second quarter and ran for TDs of 11 and 1 yards that put Georgia Tech in control - the latter set up by his 38-yard scamper.

Sims threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Malachi Carter early in the fourth quarter and finished off the game with a flourish, scoring on a 50-yard run with just over a minute remaining. Sims ran for 128 yards on 10 carries and completed 10 of 13 passes for 112 yards for Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). North Carolina (2-2, 1-2) is shaping up as one of the nation's most disappointing teams after coming into the season ranked in the top 10. Sam Howell was sacked eight times and fumbled twice, leading to 10 points for the the Yellow Jackets in the first half. He also was stuffed on a fourth-down run in his own territory, setting up a short field for another Georgia Tech touchdown drive. - Georgia Tech/AP College Football


(DS#23 QB) rFr/2025 QB Jeff SimsGeorgia Tech
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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#53 OLB) rSo/2024 OLB Jordan DomineckGeorgia Tech
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  09/11/21 - Jordan YatesrFr/2025, Georgia Tech, 6-0, 196 (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) rFr/2025 QB Jordan YatesGeorgia Tech
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  09/07/21 - Jeff SimsrFr/2025, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 210 (DS#23 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#23 QB) rFr/2025 QB Jeff SimsGeorgia Tech
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  08/24/21 - Tobias OliverrJr/2023, Georgia Tech, 6-1, 197 (DS#999 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#999 CB) rJr/2023 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#23 FB) rSr/2022 FB Bruce Jordan-SwillingGeorgia Tech
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  08/21/21 - Brent CimagliarSr/2022, Georgia Tech, 6-0, 219 (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) rSr/2022 K Brent CimagliaGeorgia Tech
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  08/21/21 - Dylan LeonardrSo/2024, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 246 (DS#999 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#999 TE) rSo/2024 TE Dylan LeonardGeorgia Tech
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