1. Georgia Tech safety Isaiah Johnson will not play in the Sun Bowl with a lower-body injury suffered in bowl practice in Atlanta, coach Paul Johnson confirmed. Isaiah Johnson is Tech’s leading tackler and had started 26 consecutive games. His likely replacement in the starting lineup will be Chris Milton, although Demond Smith and Jamal Golden will likely get snaps at safety also.
2. USC quarterback Matt Barkley sent out a Twitter message Thursday saying that he hasn’t been cleared by doctors, so he won’t be playing in the Sun Bowl. Barkley, the Pac-12’s career record holder for passing touchdowns and yards, suffered a shoulder injury against UCLA Nov. 17.
He’ll be replaced by Max Wittek, a redshirt freshman who was 14-for-23 for 186 yards (one touchdown, two interceptions) against Notre Dame in the Trojans’ final regular-season game.
3. Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu called submitting his name to the NFL draft advisory board “basically the thing to do as a junior.” He