OK, as promised earlier, with it being 9.9.09 (Sept. 9, 2009), I thought I'd jot down a quasi ode to the number on this rarest of days. Of course, this is a Georgia Tech version of the No. 9, and it's all done with little known or forgotten facts about the Yellow Jackets teams of past and present.
No. 9, Josh Nesbitt
Naturally, we have to begin with THE No. 9 for the time being, quarterback Josh Nesbitt. Nesbitt will be leading the Jackets onto the field tomorrow night against Clemson, making his second straight start of the year. The junior actually wore the No. 9 in high school at Greene County. And no, he wasn't born in the ninth month. He was actually born in April.
Marco Coleman, a defensive end who played at Tech until 1992, wore the No. 95 while he was a Yellow Jacket, but during his professional career, he donned No.s 90 and 99. Drafted 12th overall in the 1994 Draft by the Miami Dolphins, he went on to a 13-year career, and played in one Pro Bowl. Coleman also had a cameo in the 1994 movie "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" when he was with the Dolphins. The movie was set in South Florida.
Last time No. 9
The last time the Yellow Jackets were ranked No. 9, the country was still reeling from the attacks of Sept. 11. Two weeks after the tragedy, and once sports competitions had resumed, the Yellow Jackets were given the No. 9 ranking after having been No. 10 nationally two Mondays before. That would be as high as the Jackets got, however, as they moved all the way down to No. 24 by the end of the season. In the eight years since that 2001 ranking, Georgia Tech has not ranked so high.
9 Years Ago...
Nine years ago this year, the Yellow Jackets were 9-3 and had a 6-2 record in ACC competition. That tally was enough to bring them into a tie for second place in the conference.
9 Years Ago Continued...
Ironically, the Yellow Jackets had a game on Sept. 9, 2000, as they played host to the Florida State Seminoles. The end result was a 26-21 loss.
And finally, former Georgia Tech player and head coach Bill Fulcher donned the No. 54 when he was a Yellow Jackets offensive lineman. Being the bright engineers you are, naturally I don't have to tell you 5+4 equals, well... you know.
Fulcher played three seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins after graduating from Georgia Tech in 1955.
OK, that should do it for this edition of the TechTalk blog. Check in again in the morning when I'll have something to help you get ready for the Yellow Jackets' second straight "White Out" game. Also, be sure to read all of tomorrow's news, features and analysis on macon.com to get you ready for Thursday's game against Clemson. Also, be sure to check out the post-game coverage inside The Telegraph and on the Web site also.
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