A few candidates for Tech’s best season ever

Earlier today (or Monday for some of you) I posited that softballer Jen Yee may have had the greatest single-season in Tech’s illustrious athletic history.

Luckily, there are a lot of folks that know a whole lot about that history, and they provided some other impressive single seasons.

What makes this fun is that there is no winner. All of the accomplishments are noteworthy. It’s meant to spark discussion.

I would say, though, that it strikes me that in individual sports an athlete needs to have won a national championship to be included in the conversation, which is why some notable figures from the past, a la tennis great Kristi Miller or golf greats David Duval and Bryce Molder, aren’t on here. And not to be a wuss, but we are going to focus on the mostly modern era. Stats for the Clint Castleberrys are so hard to compare to today’s world.

Here is a summary of their emails or thoughts. Please let me hear yours, and feel free to add your submissions, just remember to include stats.

Also, this list is by no means complete. There are lot of other impressive seasons that are in the history books. Don’t feel like this is the end-all be-all:

KENNY ANDERSON

Basketball

1990-91

He scored a school-record 50 points against Loyola Marymount, averaged 25.9 points per game (third-best in school history) and had four games of 40 points….as a point guard.

  

IRINA FALCONI

Tennis

2009-10

Included because her season isn’t over. She’s 37-2, including 10-0 in the ACC. She’s 27-2 against ranked opponents and 26-1 at Tech’s No. 1. She’s the No. 1 ranked player in women’s college tennis.

 

KISHA FORD

Basketball

1996-97

She averaged 20.3 points and 8.6 rebounds, with 76 assists and 62 steals. She was named to the All-ACC First Team and was an Honorable Mention All-American by the AP and Kodak.

 

NOMAR GARCIAPARRA

Baseball

1994

Batted .427 with 16 homers, 73 RBIs, 33 stolen bases, 26 doubles and 92 runs scored.

 

JOE HAMILTON

The stats speak for themselves:

3,794 yards total offense (single-season record)

29 touchdown passes (single-season school record)

3,060 passing yards (2nd best single-season record)

344.9 yards passing per game (single-season record)

66.6% completion (single-season record)

175.0 pass efficiency (single-season record)

734 yards rushing (single-season record until this year)

5 touchdown passes v. Clemson (’99 single game record)

Runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting

 

CHAUNTE HOWARD

Track and field

2004

She won the 2004 Indoor and 2004 Outdoor High Jump titles … She won the indoor and outdoor ACC Championships and was named the 2004 Indoor and Outdoor MVP … She competed in the 2004 Olympic Games and finished t-28th. … During the magtical 2004 season, she set the school record in high jump for indoors (6-3.5) and outdoors (6-6).

 

TROY MATTESON

Golf

2002

Matteson won the NCAA Individual Championship with an 8-under par 276; became the first Tech golfer to win four titles in the same season; stroke average of 71.41 was eight-best in school history.

 

AMANDA MCDOWELL

Tennis

2007-08

She went 45-8 and won the NCAA Singles Tournament.

 

JAY PAYTON

Baseball

1994

He batted .434 with 20 homers, 102 RBIs, eight stolen bases and scored 78 runs.

 

DENNIS SCOTT

Basketball

1989-90

He averaged 27.7 points per game (second-best in school history), made a single-season record 137 3-pointers and eight games of at least 30 points in the conference.

 

MARK TEIXEIRA

Baseball

2000

He batted .427 with 18 homers, 80 RBI, 21 doubles and four triples. He was named the National Player of the Year, first-team All-American, first-team academic All-American and ACC player of the year.

 

JASON VARITEK

Baseball

1994

He batted .426 with 17 homers, 86 RBIs, 106 hits, 23 doubles and five steals.

 

JEN YEE

Softball

2010

She was best in the nation in several categories: batting (.568), runs (93), slugging % (1.270), on-base % (.732), walks (88) and home runs (29)…as a lead-off hitter for most of the year.

67 comments Add your comment

Michael

May 24th, 2010
7:22 pm

Never been first…

Neil Marlowe

May 24th, 2010
7:38 pm

Joe Hamilton.

Not much argument.

Michael Tippens

May 24th, 2010
7:48 pm

Hamilton, Teixeira, Yee. Maybe you should have chosen the ealier era, if you want an easier choice.

Michael

May 24th, 2010
8:10 pm

Oh, and by the way… Joe Hamilton.

Tech Forever

May 24th, 2010
8:16 pm

The most impressive thing about Anderson’s game against LMU….and maybe the most impressive stat that whole season is the fact that he played every single minute of that double OT marathon.

Go Tech

May 24th, 2010
8:18 pm

I ran track with Chaunte Howard so I may be biased but she was the most dominant performer I’ve ever seen. She never lost!!! Every week she wound up on top and that’s saying something in a sport so precise as high jump.

Fan of Good Coaches

May 24th, 2010
8:28 pm

Many had great seasons but is Yee…No doubt about it….

POAD

May 24th, 2010
8:41 pm

Thanks DOUG. Glad you liked my suggestion. I will Go with Hamilton and Yee. The greatest game played by a player I think has to be (356yrds) Eddie Lee Ivory againts Air Force in the snow and sleet.

Dog Nation

May 24th, 2010
10:08 pm

How in the hell did Hamilton not win the Heisman with those sick numbers! He got robbed.

GT63

May 24th, 2010
10:23 pm

Jay Payton doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves because his pro career was less than Nomar and Varitek….but 102 RBIs in college baseball is pretty unbelievable

FACT JACK

May 24th, 2010
10:44 pm

Got to be honest and do not have time for any sports or GT teams besides football, basketball, baseball and some interest in golf. I do not wish all other any ill will just have other priorities as others do and that is all that holds my interest. Having said that, Joe Hamilton, Taschard Choice and Jon Dwyer (Dwyer most underated back ever) are my choie in football; Mark Price with Lethal Weapon 3 a close 2nd in basketball, Varitek and Texiera in baseball and do not forget Larry Mize who on the Master’s in golf.

FACT JACK

May 24th, 2010
10:49 pm

great story about Joe Hamilton…I saw him throw an 80 yard pass as a sophomore in is first high school game on the first play of the season. His h.s. team went on to win the state football and basketball championships with him. Because of his size, Clemson and SC both wanted to make him a DB so he chose GT. I couldn’t believe it. Hamilton should have won the Heisman but GT gets so degraded in football from everyone. How that Wisconsin rb was chosen over him was beyond me.

Technophobia

May 24th, 2010
10:55 pm

Joe Hamilton was one of the toughest players I’ve ever seen in any sport. He took a hit against the dogs that would have killed a lesser man but he didn’t even miss a play. He was always on the top of Mickey Andrew’s “hit list” at FSU too. No such thing as a late hit call against the Semiholes in those days.

broken Stinger

May 25th, 2010
12:14 am

I vote for Joe Hamilton 500 against UGA and one year after drafted in the 7th round was in Germany. Then was arrested for possession. A true jacket. Losers!

Jacket Backer

May 25th, 2010
12:25 am

joe hamilton was the most exciting college QB i have ever seen play…….could run like a running back and also was a tremendous passer…..Great player!

Go Jackets!!

RamblinWreck2011

May 25th, 2010
12:35 am

Joe Hamilton, end of discussion.

superDawg

May 25th, 2010
4:13 am

Reggie Ball 1-2-3-4 loses to GEORGIA!

superDawg

May 25th, 2010
4:14 am

SORRY THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN POSTED AT 4:44….

Navigator

May 25th, 2010
6:55 am

Joe Hamilton. I will never forget what the head coach told his offensive coordinator Hamilton’s final season. He wanted ball control because the offense scored to quickly, and made the defense play too much. It affected the rest of Hamilton’s senior season, and his final stats, and of course took one of the most explosive offenses in the country and made them just a bit better than average. That will stick my craw as fan for a long time, for having so little insight in coaching a team.

Tokyo jacket

May 25th, 2010
7:34 am

POAD, I disagree. The best single game ever was Joe Hamilton. 22 of 25 and 4 touchdowns passing plus 1 on the ground. Who was that game against mind you? Oh, that’s right, the Florida State team with a dominant defense that wound up winning the national championship. Had it not been for a BS unnecessary roughness, that would have been a GT win.

Best game ever because it was on the road on a huge stage when it mattered most!

Tokyo jacket

May 25th, 2010
7:38 am

Oh, and for the season, definitely Hamilton. Can’t be Tex or Nomaa because their seasons were almost identical. Joey Heisman actually set either an ACC or NCAA record for pass efficiency that year, can’t remember which – later reset by Chris Wenke.

Technophobia, let’s at least be real, Joe Hamilton was knocked out of his first three games against FSU with a DNF. Of course, the game I talked about above was the one he stayed in.

Chris

May 25th, 2010
8:06 am

Ron Dayne was given the Heisman because of his career not for his season. Dayne went on to break the NCAA career rushing record that year but his overall season was weak compared to rest of his career. Meanwhile Joe Hamilton was having one of the greatest QB years ever. He wasn’t just a run first QB, he could throw too (Unlike Reggie Ball). Hamilton was robbed of a Heisman Trophy. It is supposed to be who had teh best year not the best career!

cobbjacket

May 25th, 2010
8:29 am

It’s always a great season to be a Jacket.

GT GRAD

May 25th, 2010
8:50 am

Joe Hamilton……………………….he deserved to win the Heisman Trophy!

How in the world did Mark Price not make “the list”?

I wonder how his best single season stats would compare to this list?

GT Letterman

May 25th, 2010
9:01 am

I say Jason Varitek. He produced numbers that were All-American, while leading pitchers and sparking offense, all while playing one of the most physically-demanding positions of any sport – catcher.

Later voted by Baseball America as the greatest catcher to ever play in college. That’s hard to top. I’m just saying…

RambleOn84

May 25th, 2010
9:02 am

Joe Hamilton, no doubt…the best college football player I have ever had the pleasure of watching. He carried the team on his back.

RambleOn84

May 25th, 2010
9:03 am

Although Joshua Nesbitt is making a strong push in that direction. If he can improve his passing this year, he will be mentioned in the same breath as Joey Heisman.

Chuck Allison

May 25th, 2010
9:26 am

You included the second and third best scorers in Tech basketball history. Why not include #1, Rich Yunkus. Also a great rebounder.
Just don’t tell Hewitt that we might consider a white player.

Sideways

May 25th, 2010
9:32 am

All the other sissy sports are very politically correct, but you are also myopic. Leon Hardeman is the best in real sports. Bob Jones is the best ever in pretend sports.

killerJ

May 25th, 2010
10:19 am

Sorry! Until You,ve Experienced An NCAA Football National Championship! My vote goes to “Shawn Jones” with the RING BABY! 5TH DOWNS NOT INCLUDED!!!!!! STILL LOVE,YA BOBBY!!!!!!!!!! THWG, LOOKING FOR # 5.

Alphare

May 25th, 2010
10:23 am

Texeira is the most successful in the next level. Money-wise anyway.

I didn’t realize Jason Varitek and Jay Payton have similar numbers to Texeira’s.

oledawg

May 25th, 2010
11:01 am

No question———Reggie(four more years) Ball. What a quality QB. Sure do miss him. ———–”Noooooo Reggie—-it’s fourth down—————–did he just intentionally throw the ball away?” ” But it was fourth down.” Overheard at the game————I still have not stopped laughing———BWHAAAAAAAAAAAAA——–HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

HugoStiglitz

May 25th, 2010
11:48 am

I think Jen Yee nudges out Hamilton and Anderson. Yee had a pretty amazing season.

2HLLWGA

May 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

All great athletes, but on a national stage, only TROY MATTESON and CHAUNTE HOWARD compare, so far. IRINA FALCONI may be added to my list if whe can get away with only one loss for the season. Even still, the stats for Matteson and Howard that are listed here do not show how each fared throughout the year against the rest of the NCAA, whereas for Yee, she has domintated the rest of the nation over the entire season. When compared to the rest of the nation for a single season, shouldn’t Jonathon Dwyer be added to this list?

POAD

May 25th, 2010
12:19 pm

If he let us go old school would Bobby Jone be included? I don’t know what he did for TECH. I just read what he did as an amature while at TECH.

Peadawg

May 25th, 2010
12:51 pm

What about Reggie Ball? Oh wait…he played for UGA. My bad!

Can't spell hipocryte

May 25th, 2010
1:32 pm

Dog fans talking about arrest, now that’s is funny. Or as a 13 year old would put it BWAAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAA

Jersey Jacket

May 25th, 2010
1:33 pm

Tokyo, that was a Jamara Clark unnecessary roughness penalty, right? Ugh, I’ll never call that. It was a dicey call at best but you got the impression he could have let up on that play without incident. Completely changed that game.

RambleOn84

May 25th, 2010
1:37 pm

Do UGA fans really think we mind y’all talking bad about Reggie Ball?

That would be like me making fun of Quincy “Cocaine Stuck in My Braces” Carter.

GT gal

May 25th, 2010
1:59 pm

How did Antonio McKay’s 1984 year not make it on the list? 1984 Indoor World Record Holder, 1984 NCAA Indoor Champion, 1984 NCAA Outdoor Champion, 1984 Olympic Trials Champion, 1984 Olympic – Gold & Bronze Medalist,

BT

May 25th, 2010
2:23 pm

Tech once had a golfer named Bobby Jones that was pretty good. He only won 13 majors as an amateur, finished in the top 10 four years in a row at the US Open while at Tech, built Augusta National, started The Masters and had two ticker-tape parades for him in NYC, all while never missing a single Sunday in church. He’s no Joe Hamilton though.

ArkyTech

May 25th, 2010
3:10 pm

Gt4ever

May 25th, 2010
3:49 pm

Excuse me….. Josh Nesbit mentioned in the same sentence with Joe Hamilton is a stretch…Josh is a helluva football player, but he is not in the same QB league as Joe Hamilton…. and that goes for running, as well as passing!

BigTimeTechFan

May 25th, 2010
4:00 pm

What about Eddie Lee Ivory?

BigTimeTechFan

May 25th, 2010
4:00 pm

Or Tico Brown?

BigTimeTechFan

May 25th, 2010
4:01 pm

or Shawn Jones 90/91

BigTimeTechFan

May 25th, 2010
4:02 pm

Booby Jones – Master champ, Tech Student

BigTimeTechFan

May 25th, 2010
4:03 pm

sould be Bobby not Booby

UGA

May 25th, 2010
4:24 pm

If she was the best in the nation is six different offensive categories…she is not only the best in Tech’s history but likely the best of all Georgia athletes – EVER! It’s one thing to have the most homers or a heisman based on rushing but to be the best in the whole nation in many categories…that is just awesome! Congrats to Lee and to GT for this young ladies accomplishment! Unfortunately there is nowhere for her to go from here with that ability except the olympics?

South Georgia Jacket

May 25th, 2010
5:00 pm

Pretty awesome trio of Varitek, Nomar, and Payton. Nomar’s numbers were from the leadoff position and he made plays at short that no one else would get to. Varitek won national player of the year but Nomar won MVP of the team voted on by the GT baseball team. How often do you see that?!!

As for greatest season for GT athlete, I agree with most of the others – Joe Hamilton. Unfortunately for a QB to win the Heisman his team has to be in the national title hunt (I don’t agree with it but that’s the way it goes). Late season loss at UVa sank his chances.