ATLANTA — Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson on Wednesday confirmed that A-back Chris Jackson, a former Henry County product, was dismissed from the team earlier this week for violating team rules.
During his appearance on Wednesday morning’s ACC coaches’ teleconference, Johnson said the reason for the dismissal “wasn’t anything major.”
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“It was just a conglomeration of things,” Johnson said. “He and I just didn’t see eye-to-eye.”
The slot back came to Georgia Tech two summers ago as a transfer from Alabama, and was expected to make an immediate impact once he completed his mandatory year of sitting out due to the NCAA’s transfer policy.
This offseason, however, just after recovering from a leg injury, Jackson was sidelined for the year with a different injury to his achilles heel. As a result, he was unable to play and was deemed inactive.
Jackson’s dismissal shouldn’t hurt the Yellow Jackets at A-back in future seasons. Without a senior in the group, Georgia Tech next year will welcome back all of those who have contributed there this season, including Roddy Jones, Embry Peeples, Marcus Wright, B.J. Bostic, Charles Perkins and Robert Godhigh.
With his involuntary departure, Jackson now becomes the third scholarship player who has left the team since preseason camp opened in August.
Less than two weeks before the season started, quarterback Jordan Luallen transferred to Cincinnati. During the season, safety Cooper Taylor left, potentially transferring to Richmond.
Quarterback Jaybo Shaw and linebacker Oshaon Tongo were among others who left voluntarily during the offseason.