When the 2013 Georgia Tech football season began, the fans knew safety Isaiah Johnson would be on the sideline due to a torn ACL. The only thing they didn’t know was that defensive back Jamal Golden would be standing next to him, due to a season-ending shoulder injury that he suffered in week three of the young season.
Jamal and Isaiah are working hard to get ready for the upcoming 2014 football season. Let’s take a glimpse at what these two players have done on the football field over the past three years.
In 2010, Johnson played in all 13 games and started in three games as a true freshman. In 2011, he started all 13 games as a safety and his 78 tackles (48 solo) ranked 2nd on the team. Again in 2012, Johnson started in all 13 games and led the team with 87 tackles (53 solo).
In December 2012, while preparing for the Hyundai Sun Bowl, Johnson injured his knee, which would keep him on the sideline for the entire 2013 season. Even though he wanted to get back on the field during the season, he decided to use a medical redshirt and get back on the field in the spring 2014. His addition in 2014, will add some valuable experience, to a defense that lost a lot of good players.
Jamal Golden was another impact player that was ready to have another breakout season. In the three games Jamal did play in, he had a total of 139 kick yards and 11 punt yards. He also had 12 tackles (8 solos) and one forced fumble. Unfortunately for Jamal, his season ended after the North Carolina game, due to a shoulder injury.
In 2011, Golden played in 11 games, but most of his action came on special teams, where he made 8 tackles (6 solo). In 2012, Jamal played in all 14 games and started at safety in the first five. Jamal is not only a good defensive player, he is one of the top return specialist in college football. In September of 2012, he became the primary kick and punt returner, who produced 952 yards without playing one snap on offense.
Jamal will also be eligible to apply for a medical redshirt.
Needless to say both Golden and Johnson are players that were missed in the 2013 football season. Their talent, leadership and motivation to get back on the field, will be a big boost to the depleted defense that defensive coordinator Ted Roof has to fill.
The 2014 recruits are very fortunate to have Golden and Johnson as teammates. The knowledge and skills they have to offer them will be priceless as they are entering into their college football career.
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