In today’s player recap(s) we’re taking a look at two Yellow Jackets who wear #11 in running back Christian Malloy and defensive back Devin Smith.
The former three-star prospect out of LIlburn, Georgia did see playing time as a true freshman for the Yellow Jackets thanks to the injuries the Jackets suffered at the b-back position. Malloy, who picked Georgia Tech over several other Power 5 programs played in one game this season for the Yellow Jackets, meaning he’ll officially have redshirted for the 2018 season.
The lone game that Malloy played in for the Jackets was against Virginia Tech on October 25th in the Jackets dominating 49-28 victory. Malloy in that game saw four carries for 27-yards, an average of 6.8 yards per game. Obviously, it’s hard to tell how strong of a running back Malloy was or is going to be going forward based off four carries.
Going forward, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Malloy remain in the backfield but with a new coaching staff, anything is possible in Malloy’s future. That will be a decision Geoff Collins and company will have to make if they have not already.
The redshirt freshman saw his first playing time in 2018 with the Yellow Jackets appearing in a game against Louisville. In that game, Smith made his first career tackle. The Acworth, Georgia native walked onto to the program with the 2017 recruiting class but has obviously made strides with the program since he saw playing time this season. We will see if Smith can continue his development into 2019 and possibly see even more time on the field in 2019, most likely on special teams.
Overall, both Malloy and Smith had limited impacts in 2018 for Georgia Tech but remained an important part of Tech’s preparation each week. Both Malloy and Smith have great potential in their own respective positions going forward.