The senior A-Back from Barnesville put together a quality final season on The Flats with Georgia Tech.
After being arguably underutilized in his first three seasons, Georgia Tech A-Back Qua Searcy put together a quality and career-best season in 2018. His stats broke down by the following;
- Rushing Attempts: 35
- Rushing Yards: 349
- Touchdowns: 3
- Receptions: 9
- Receiving Yards: 247
- Touchdowns: 1
- Total Yards: 596
- Total Touchdowns: 4
For Searcy, it was his only season with Tech that he topped the 300+ rushing yard mark and the 200+ receiving yard mark. Prior to this season, his career highs were 273 rushing yards (2016) and 183 receiving yards (2016).
Searcy got off to a strong start on the season, topping 50 rushing yards in each of the Jackets first two games but from there Searcy wouldn’t experience the same amount of success on the ground. He never reached the 50-yard plateau in the Jackets 11 remaining games. Searcy saw two receptions each in the Jackets first two games but would barely see any targets for the remainder of the season. His two biggest receptions came against North Carolina (86-yard touchdown) and Minnesota (51 yards).
Ultimately, Searcy did as much as he could with the opportunities he was given. He averaged 10 yards per carry and nearly 30 yards per reception. It would have been interesting to see what Searcy could have put up numbers wise if he had more opportunities throughout the season.
For his career, Searcy finished with 915 rushing yards and 605 receiving yards, a total of 1,520-yards over his four seasons. Over his career, Searcy was always a huge play threat and that was evident in his 9.7 yards per play (1,520 yards over 156 plays).
Over his four seasons, Searcy was a versatile and dynamic weapon for the Jackets that they’ll have to replace next season. Though, the Jackets head coaching change and offensive philosophy change should help mask any hole that Searcy will leave on the offense. At 5-foot-11 and 176-pounds, it’s likely Searcy would have been a wide receiver for the Jackets next season had he had remaining eligibility.