Just when things On the Flats were starting to have a positive outlook, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets‘ locker room was hit with some fairly sombre injury news on the defense.
Head coach Paul Johnson addressed the situation regarding inside linebacker Anthony Harrell on his weekly call-in show. Johnson said that Harrell has “probably” been lost for the year. The sophomore left Saturday’s game against Syracuse with an unspecified leg injury, which will now apparently require surgery. CPJ didn’t give any further details regarding the injury or the nature of the procedure.
Harrell has appeared in all seven games for the Yellow Jackets this season, totaling six tackles, including two tackles for a loss. The game against Syracuse was Harrell’s first career start, replacing Jabari Hunt-Days, with whom he has been competing for the spot. The combination of Harrell and redshirt junior LB Quayshawn Nealy proved to be formidable indeed, and the expectation for this pair was quite high.
Going to back to Hunt-Days on the inside isn’t exactly a terrible thing, but it seemed that Harrell had much more potential and was just coming into his own. Hunt-Days has 29 tackles on the season, and is still thought of as a quality player, but one can’t help but notice the difference–particularly on pass coverage–when Harrell was in the game.
The Jackets travel to Charlottesville for a big game against Virginia this weekend, and to continue any slim hopes that remain of an ACC Championship berth.