Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets football team received a pretty significant blow to their offensive line depth. It was announced that Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman, Chase Roberts, has been declared “medically disqualified” and will not be able to play football collegiately anymore.
The Duluth, GA native has to be devastated at the news that he is not going to be able to play the game he loves anymore. However he handled the news with class, and that classiness was shown in the statement he made thanking the coaching staff and the University:
“I want to express my thanks to Coach Johnson, the coaches, athletic trainers and medical staff for their support through this difficult transition. Playing under the lights at Bobby Dodd was something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid and it will always be a part of me. I love my teammates, my school and I will always be a Yellow Jacket.”
- Chase Roberts
Roberts suffered the career ending concussion last season in a November 14th matchup against the Clemson Tigers. He will be able to continue his education at Georgia Tech since he will be remaining on scholarship.
According to Lindy’s Sports, Georgia Tech’s projected offensive line starters for 2014 are:
LT Chris Griffin (freshman) 6-foot-6, 294 lbs
LG Trey Braun (junior) 6-foot-5, 295 lbs
C Freddie Burden (sophomore) 6-foot-3, 292 lbs
RG Shaq Mason (senior) 6-foot-1, 311 lbs
RT Bryan Chamberlain (junior) 6-foot-4, 286 lbs
This is for the best interest of Roberts at the end of the day. It is well documented how concussions are being taken very seriously in this day and age of sports and athletics. Roberts has a lot of years ahead of him and Georgia Tech did a great job of going about trying to protect those years.
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