Georgia Tech wide receivers Correy Earls and Tyler Melton provided two bright spots, as well as a reason for hope, in last week’s 45-28 loss to N.C. State.
With Stephen Hill showing the inconsistency that comes with being a sophomore, Earls and Melton had three receptions for 39 yards. There was also an important touchdown for Melton, a junior who struggled in games earlier this season with dropped passes.
“Hopefully, that’ll help his confidence,” Tech coach Paul Johnson said.
Earls, a redshirt senior, is working his way back into the rotation. After starting eight games as a wide receiver in 2007 and ‘08, he was moved to defensive back last season. He was moved back to his natural position during the spring, at Johnson’s suggestion. Earls said he was glad to be moved, culminating in his first reception in 20 games, a span stretching back to the win over Miami in 2008 when he caught one pass for 7 yards.
“It was great to have my hands on the ball for the first time in a while,” Earls said. “I enjoyed every minute of it, every second of it.”
Earls has worked his way back through his play on special teams, where he showed the effort that the coaches have been wanting to see.
“Hopefully, he’ll continue to work,” Johnson said. “He’s got the ability, there’s no question about that.”