Georgia Tech will play its last game of the 2021 season when it hosts Georgia’s No.1. The Yellow Jackets won’t play in the playoffs, but will look to end the Bulldogs’ undefeated season. Here are some faces of Georgia Tech to know:
Jahmyr Gibbs, running back, # 1
Gibbs, in his second season with Georgia Tech, is emerging as one of the most explosive players in the country, both on offense and on a special team. His 1,802 all-purpose yards lead the country with the second highest being Lew Nichols of Central Michigan who has 1,777 yards. Of Gibbs’ total yards, 1,219 of them are on the offensive end of the ball both in the run and in the reception. His remaining 583 yards were taken on kickoff returns, including a kickoff return for a touchdown. While Georgia Tech has struggled this season, Gibbs has been one of the few bright spots for the Yellow Jackets.
Jordan Yates, quarterback, # 13
Yates is in his third season at Georgia Tech and has shared quarterback duties this year with freshman Jeff Sims. As the two went back and forth, Yates played the Yellow Jackets’ last game against Notre Dame, a 55-0 loss. Against the Fighting Irish, Yates threw for 96 yards and an interception. On the ground, Yates ran for 20 yards in 11 attempts. The Yellow Jackets have questions regarding their quarterback, but head coach Geoff Collins has chosen to use Yates in the last two games. It doesn’t matter who starts the game under Georgia Tech’s cross, if the offense struggles Collins can choose to use the other quarterback later in the game.
Malachi Carter, wide receiver, # 7
Carter leads the Yellow Jackets with 489 yards on 37 receptions and two touchdowns. In his fourth season at Georgia Tech, Carter consistently saw more and more opportunities to make an impact on offense with his receptions increasing every year. His 37 receptions are the most of his career, with one game to go, after catching 20 assists last season. As he became the main threat in the passing game, he struggled to find the end zone. However, fellow receiver Kyric McGowan leads the receiving group with seven touchdowns.
Quez Jackson, linebacker, # 4
Jackson has become a constant name in the Yellow Jackets linebacker squad, appearing in every game of his four-year career in Atlanta. This season has been its most productive year, recording 98 tackles, which leads the team and ranks 23rd in the country. Of his total tackles, he has two sacks for a combined loss of 12 yards and a forced fumble. He recovered two fumbles for a total of 23 yards and has two quarterbacks in a hurry.
Charlie Thomas, linebacker, # 25
Another consistent name for the Yellow Jackets’ defense, Thomas leads the team with two interceptions this season, both against Kennesaw State in week two. These were the first two interceptions of his college career. Just like he’s having a career year with interceptions, Thomas already has his career high in tackles with 66, including 10 tackles for loss. Despite being listed as a linebacker, Thomas can play in several positions, having played as a defensive back and on the defensive line during the 2020 season.