Some notes, courtesy of the Georgia Tech sports information office.
1. A-back Orwin Smith can get into the school and ACC record books in the Sun Bowl.
Smith, who has 1,830 career rushing yards on 194 attempts for a 9.4 yards-per-carry average, will break the career yards-per-carry average with six carries to reach the minimum requirement to be considered. Roddy Jones holds the record at 7.59 ypc. He’ll break the record even if he’s stopped for no gain on all six. Smith would have to lose about 310 yards on the six carries for Jones to keep the record, although that would be a record in itself. I’d guess, though, he’d probably be benched after the second or third 50-yard loss.
The ACC requirement to be considered for single-season yards-per-carry is to average 65.0 yards per game. Smith is averaging 9.0 this season, which would be the second highest in history and second highest since Maryland’s Chet Hanulak averaged 9.78 yards per attempt in 1953. To average 65 yards for the season, Smith will have to gain 107 yards against USC.
Smith has no shot at the NCAA career record, held by Army’s Glenn Davis, the famed “Mr. Outside” of the mid-1940’s great Army teams. Davis’ record is 8.26 yards per carry, but the minimum requirement is 300 attempts.
2. Tech gave out five awards at its team banquet Friday evening. Offensive tackle Ray Beno and safety Isaiah Johnson received the effort awards, Jamal Golden was named the special teams player of the year and offensive lineman Freddie Burden and defensive lineman Pat Gamble were named scout-team players of the year.
Best dressed, though, would go to this guy:
3. Inside linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days, Synjyn’s brother, was named to the Scout.com/Fox Sports Freshman All-America first-team last week. Hunt-Days has started every game this season and is third on the team in tackle with 74 and has 4.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
There will be media availability following Thursday’s practice. Will have more notes up then. Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog
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