ATLANTA -- Four representatives of the Georgia Tech football team were greeted with a loud ovation when they were honored at halftime of Saturday’s basketball game.
A brief video from the win over Georgia was shown on the digital screen above center court, featuring the game-tying kick from Harrison Butker and the game-clinching interception from D.J. White in overtime.
That’s when Butker, Synjyn Days, Broderick Snoddy and Zach Laskey walked on the court to thunderous cheers. Laskey was all smiles as he held the Governor’s Cup, given each year to the winner of the Tech-Georgia game.
“It’s great to bring the trophy back home,” said Days, who thanked the fans for their support.
FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE BREAK
The team had its final practice Saturday prior to Christmas break. The Yellow Jackets are off until Friday, when they’ll work out before leaving for Miami and the Orange Bowl that evening.
HONORS COME ROLLING IN
The individual honors have started to roll in for Georgia Tech players on the heels of their ACC Coastal Division championship and close call against Florida State in the ACC championship game.
The biggest recipient was guard Shaq Mason, a senior who has been named to five different All-America teams. He was chosen as first team by USA Today, second team by Sports Illustrated, the Football Writers Association of America and Phil Steele, and third team by the Associated Press.
Mason has started 37 consecutive games and is the heart of an offensive line that produced 468.8 yards per offense per game. He was named the ACC’s lineman of the week on three different occasions this season.
The other big winner in the postseason honors is KeShun Freeman, a true freshman who broke into the starting lineup in the third game and set high standards all year at defensive end.
The LaGrange native had 51 tackles and led the team with nine tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He also had one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and blocked one kick. He was named a freshman All-American by Phil Steele.
Junior defensive tackle Adam Gotsis was a second-team All-ACC selection. The big Australian had 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and blocked two kicks.
Georgia Tech had four others make second-team All-ACC: B-back Zach Laskey, linebacker Quayshawn Nealy, wide receiver DeAndre Smelter and quarterback Justin Thomas. Defensive back Jamal Golden was chosen to the third team.
Fourteen football players received their degrees during recent commencement ceremonies: B.J. Bostic, Trey Braun, Days, Corey Dennis, Deon Hill, Errin Joe, Tyler Marcordes, Sam McNearney, Nealy, Joshua Rogers, Smelter, Sean Tobin, Darren Waller and Tony Zenon. Also, Isaiah Johnson received a graduate degree in building construction.