Twenty seniors will play their final football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday. They will leave Georgia Tech with a checkered history.
“They’ve been up and down,” coach Paul Johnson said.
Members of this class began their careers by going 11-3, winning the Orange Bowl and finishing as the No. 6-ranked team in the nation. The next year was plagued by injuries, and the team went 3-9. Last year they bounced back to win six of their final seven games, go 9-4 and win the TaxSlayer Bowl. This year the Yellow Jackets are 5-5.
“They’ve seen a little of all of it,” Johnson said. “With a win on Saturday they could go 3-for-4 against Georgia, and that’s pretty good for here.”
The seniors will be honored on the field before the game. Those who will recognized are: defensive back Lance Austin, defensive back Lawrence Austin, kicker Bennett Barton, guard Shamire Devine, cornerback Step Durham, defensive end KeShun Freeman, A-back J.J. Green, safety Corey Griffin, receiver Ricky Jeune, quarterback Matthew Jordan, safety Shawn Kagawa, linebacker Terrell Lewis, quarterback Chase Martinson, defensive back Zach Matthews, receiver Antonio Messick, cornerback Josh Selembo, defensive end Antonio Simmons, lineman Trey Smith, B-back Brady Swilling and long snapper Casey Wilson.
The Yellow Jackets are undefeated at home this year. Junior quarterback TaQuon Marshall believes the atmosphere for Senior Day will be electric.
“Bobby Dodd is going to be rocking,” Marshall said. “The fans are going to be into the game. All the players are going to be into the game. I’m going to be excited. I know a lot of people that play (for the Bulldogs), and a lot of people back home are Georgia fans.”
QB Jordan finished
Matthew Jordan’s career is over. The senior re-injured his foot in the game against Clemson and has not played since. The same injury kept him out of spring practice and required surgery. This latest injury is not as severe.
Jordan met with Johnson and said he would not return. Jordan has already graduated and is currently in grad school.
Jordan will be forever remembered for filling in for Justin Thomas and leading the Yellow Jackets to a big road victory at Virginia Tech.
Marshall close to record
Quarterback TaQuon Marshall needs to gain 13 yards on the ground to break the school’s single-season record for rushing by a quarterback. Justin Thomas set the record of 1,086 yards in 2014.
Marshall has had six 100-yard rushing games this season, the most by a Georgia Tech quarterback in a single season. He’s only the third quarterback in school history to surpass 1,000 yards.
Marshall scored his 17th touchdown of the season last week against Duke. That’s the third-most by a quarterback in school history and the 18th of his career. He’s tied for fifth all-time by a quarterback at the school, matching the total set by Joe Hamilton in 1996-99.