The Georgia Tech football program learned good news about linebacker David Curry on Thursday when the NCAA granted Curry a sixth year of eligibility.
One of Georgia Tech’s best players on defense now has two more seasons to play on The Flats. Curry, entering his redshirt junior season has been granted a sixth season by the NCAA due to his injury history so far in his career.
Curry is just coming off his second full season as a Yellow Jacket playing all 13 games under Paul Johnson and Nate Woody in 2018. The Buford, Georgia native recorded 46 tackles last season while also grabbing one interception, forced fumble, and touchdown through the course of the season. Prior to last season, Curry missed all of the 2017 season due to an injury that he sustained in fall camp. That full missed season along with already using his redshirt season as a true freshman was enough for the NCAA to grand Curry his extra year of eligibility.
The only other season, Curry has been able to play a full season in is 2016 when he played in all 13 games with most of his time coming on special teams. He would end up finishing the season with just 12 tackles on the season.
In 2019, Curry is expected to be one of the Jackets starting linebackers and will play a major role defensively. The Jackets will rely on him to be a leader both on and off the field. That’s even more evident after head coach Geoff Collins took Curry to ACC Media Days last week. Ultimately, If he can stay healthy for the full season, Curry has the potential to find himself on an All-ACC team at seasons end.
Having Curry around for 2019 and 2020 is huge for the Jackets defense. He returns this season as the Jackets most sound linebacker and should be amongst their best again in 2020. He will provide a strong veteran presence as well as someone who is extremely familiar with the college game. As Geoff Collins and the coaching staff try to rebuild the program, Curry for the next two seasons will provide a strong keystone for he Jackets defense to build around.
The Jackets kick off their 2019 season against the Clemson Tigers on August 29th as they look to upset the defending national champions.