A Georgia Tech record-setting eight members of the Georgia Tech football team earned All-ACC academic honors on Wednesday.
Georgia Tech football once again showed on Wednesday why they may be the smartest team in all of college football. As the ACC announced the All-ACC academic honors for the 2018 college football season, a record eight players on the Georgia Tech football team were included. It was the most players ever from Georgia Tech to make the list. Here are the eight Jackets who earned academic honors and the seasons they had on the field while being “nerds” in the classroom.
OL Parker Braun:
Braun earned his final honor as a Yellow Jacket on Wednesday when he was announced as part of the team. The junior guard will be one of the top offensive linemen in the country next year but has announced that he’s transferring away from the program. He’s been the Jackets best linemen since the day he stepped on campus and will be a sizeable loss heading into next season.
DB/LB Jalen Johnson:
The Alabama native earned his All-ACC academic honors while also having a career year on the field. The senior put together a 65-tackle season in 2018 which included 6.5 tackles for a loss.
OL Andrew Marshall:
Like Braun, this will be Marshall’s last honor as a Yellow Jacket as the offensive lineman officially used up his remaining eligibility in 2018. Marshall when playing was one of the Jackets best offensive linemen and was always consistent. He was already going to be missed but when you add in the departure of Braun, the Jackets are losing two of their best offensive linemen heading into next season.
LB Brant Mitchell:
Arguably the lifeline of the Yellow Jackets defense the last few seasons, Brant Mitchell put together a strong senior season on the field, totaling 64 tackles. He also recorded two sacks throughout the season while also excelling in the classroom.
S Malik Rivera:
The Wofford graduate transfer came to the Yellow Jackets prior to last season and provided more than ever was imagined. Rivera ended up leading the Yellow Jackets in tackles with 68 and also recorded two interceptions throughout the season. Not too bad for a kid who just wanted a chance to play big-time college football. A tremendous story and a tremendous way to go out for Rivera.
WR Brad Stewart:
The wide receivers in a Paul Johnson coached team, are probably the most selfless players imaginable. They’ll only get the ball thrown their way a handful of times throughout the season and besides that are primarily responsible for blocking, a mostly thankless job. Stewart in his senior year put together 15 receptions in his senior season for 268-yards and three touchdowns.
DB Tre Swilling:
The only Tech sophomore to appear on the list is Tre Swilling who had himself a solid sophomore campaign. Over the course of the season, Swilling had 24 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. He has big playmaking abilities and will be a player to watch heading into 2019.
K Wesley Wells:
The final Jacket and the lone freshman of the group is Wesley Wells. Wells came to The Flats as a walk-on this past summer and once he took over the starting placekicker job for the Yellow Jackets he was nothing but money. Wells didn’t miss any kicks during the season, connecting on all 39 extra point attempts while also going 9-for-9 in field goal opportunities. He’ll be a huge asset going into next season.