Four Georgia Tech players will miss Independence Bowl

Four Georgia Tech players, including starting safety Mario Edwards and starting wide receiver Stephen Hill, will miss the Independence Bowl because of academic issues.

In addition to Edwards and Hill, both of whom failed to meet Tech’s academic standards, reserve defensive lineman Robert Hall and reserve outside linebacker Anthony Barnes aren’t eligible to play because of their failure to meet the NCAA’s academic requirements, according to a statement from the school. There is some irony involved: Hall graduated in the spring, Barnes in the summer.

The Yellow Jackets (6-6) will play Air Force (8-4) on Monday night in Shreveport, La.

Hill, a sophomore from Lithonia, led the Jackets in receptions (15), receiving yards (291) and touchdown receptions (3) this season. He started nine games. He also rushed three times for 34 yards. Hill’s absence means Tech has just four receivers who have caught passes this season: Correy Earls (8 receptions, 56 yards, 1 touchdown), Tyler Melton (5 receptions, 96 yards, 1 TD), Kevin Cone (5 receptions, 89 yards, 1 TD) and Daniel McKayhan (1 reception, 13 yards). Another wide receiver, reserve Quentin Sims, announced he was transferring earlier this week.

Edwards, a senior from College Park, was Tech’s third-leading tackler (68). He started every game this season. True freshman Isaiah Johnson could start in Edwards’ place. Johnson, who started three games earlier this season, had 41 tackles and an interception. Tech was already thin at the position because Cooper Taylor left the team earlier this season. Rashaad Reid has experience at safety. Dominique Reese played safety last season before moving to cornerback.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

7 comments Add your comment

Bill Murray

December 23rd, 2010
6:59 pm

It’s not like Hill catches anything or our defense does anything anyways.

Reality Bites

December 23rd, 2010
7:03 pm

Wheels are comin off…….

GT Alum

December 23rd, 2010
7:03 pm

Wow, Edwards, you’re going to miss the last game of your career because of academic issues? That sucks. And just another disappointment from Hill, not that he would have had a major impact on the game anyway.

Tommy

December 23rd, 2010
7:05 pm

hill just dropped the ball on his studies I guess. Did Hewitt flunk out too? Hopefully they left the clown in sienna.

GTGreg

December 23rd, 2010
7:15 pm

Hate it for the kids, but grades come first. Good luck to Edwards and Hill… Tech is hard, but it’s worth it. Many students fall a little behind, but getting back in control of your grades is definitely possible. When you get out, you’re prepared for a lifetime of contribution to society, unlike that correctional institute east of Atlanta, where once your diploma is thrown in your car window as you drive out of town, you’re prepared to get drunk, talk about football with an inferiority complex that burns with the intensity of a thousand suns, and bark at people.

GT Alum: I agree it sucks, but a disappointment from the Hill? Would you rather they lie and bump their grades up?

ben

December 23rd, 2010
7:15 pm

Half of our starting defense are seniors and that’s a good thing.