Three Georgia Tech freshman football players have burned their redshirts for their true freshman season.
At least three Georgia Tech freshman football players will not have a redshirt season their true freshman season. This past weekend, Malachi Carter, Quez Jackson, and Juanyeh Thomas all played in their fifth game this season for the Yellow Jackets.
The NCAA changed their redshirt rules this season, allowing players to play in up to four games and still be eligible to have a redshirt for the season. Once a player plays their fifth game of a season they’re officially no longer redshirt eligible. Carter, Jackson, and Thomas are the first three for the Yellow Jackets to do so in 2018. One other true freshman, linebacker Justice Dingle has currently played in four games but didn’t play this past weekend against Bowling Green.
Currently, by our count, 11 of the Yellow Jackets 23 commitments in the 2018 recruiting class have played so far this season.
- Malachi Carter: 5
- Quez Jackson: 5
- Juanyeh Thomas: 5
- Justice Dingle: 4
- Zamari Walton: 3
- Jordan Domineck: 3
- Jaylon King: 3
- Charlie Thomas: 3
- TK Chimedza: 1
- Jaquon Griffin: 1
That being said, let’s take a look at how Carter, Jackson, and Thomas have performed so far this season;
WR Malachi Carter: 2 receptions, 24-yards
Carter so far this season has seen most of his time on the field in blocking situations. He made his first career catch against USF and had another against Pittsburgh. It’s not always common for true freshman wide receivers at Tech but Carter impressed the coaching staff enough to be one of their main wide receivers this season.
LB Quez Jackson: 6 solo, 5 assisted, 11 total
Jackson has had a decent start to his college career, recording tackles in four of five games so far this season. The linebacker out of Fort Valley, Georgia had a career-high four tackles this past weekend against Bowling Green.
CB Juanyeh Thomas: 6 total tackles, 11 KR – 218-yards (Long of 38), 3 PR – 31-yards (Long of 25), 249 all-purpose yards
Thomas has seen time both on special teams and defense this season that being said, most of his time has come on special teams. Thomas has become more consistent on kick returns as the season has gone and is becoming more and more of a versatile weapon for the Yellow Jackets.
As the season goes on, we’ll continue to let you, our readers know when a player’s redshirt has been burned. The only freshman who could burn his redshirt eligibility on Friday against Louisville would be linebacker Justice Dingle.