Tennessee Tech’s Georgia connection

– Fifteen players on Tennessee Tech’s roster are from Georgia. My AJC colleague Ken Sugiura talked with one of them this week, defensive end Kelvin Quarles, who went to high school at Meadowcreek in Gwinnett County.

“It’s a big deal for all of us,” Quarles, a Tennessee Tech captain, said of  Saturday’s game against Georgia in Sanford Stadium.  “We want to prove to Georgia’s coaches and players we’re from Georgia, too, and we can play ball with them.”

Quarles  originally signed with Connecticut before transferring to UAB and then to Tennessee Tech.

Quarles told Sugiura he is close friends with Georgia tailback Caleb King, who will make his first collegiate start Saturday.  Quarles and King have  talked at least a couple of times in the past week.

“We actually played Rec ball together at Lilburn Park,” Quarles said. “The Lilburn Patriots.”

Good team?

“We were unbelievable We were a winning team every year. Our last year together, we won the county championship.”

– Full list of the Tennessee Tech players from Georgia: Blake Adams (Atlanta), Jordan Adams (Union Grove), Carter Crutchfield (Dalton), Travis Dungee (Powder Springs), Andrew Higgins (Duluth), Jerry King (Stone Mountain), Tre Lamb (Calhoun), Barry Lenon (Suwanee), Jake McIntosh (Dalton), Corbin Miles (Tyrone), Dedrick Miley (Valdosta), Kelechi Ordu (Stone Mountain), Kelvin Quarles (Atlanta), Kevin Roberts (Union Grove) and  Scott Schweitzer (Alpharetta).

– Tennessee Tech is in Division I-AA (now officially called Football Championship Subdivision by the NCAA), and click here for a story with a  full list of the Golden Eagles’ results against I-A (now officially Football Bowl Subdivision) opponents.  Suffice to say, the Golden Eagles have never come close to beating a I-A team.

They’re 0-23 against such opponents, with none of the losses by less than 10 points, all but  three by more than 20 and the past six by an average of 38.7. All 23 games have been on the road, of course, which is where I-AA teams always have to play I-A teams.

The Golden Eagles played one other game this season against a I-A opponent, losing at Kansas State 49-7. Their most recent game against an SEC opponent came two years ago, a 35-3 loss at Auburn.

Etc.: UGA women’s basketball coach Andy Landers is a Tennessee Tech graduate. . . . As you probably already know, Tennessee Tech  coach Watson Brown is the brother of Texas coach Mack Brown. . . . Just nine seniors on TTU’s roster.

38 comments Add your comment


November 6th, 2009
3:34 pm

First? and Last.

Saint Simons

November 6th, 2009
3:38 pm

45 – 42 !!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Vanderbilt is next

November 6th, 2009
4:14 pm

Tennessee Tech should have little problem moving the ball, but considering they have never beat a D1 opponent Georgia should be able to win it.


November 6th, 2009
4:30 pm

Somebody needs to take their right boot and lay it squarley in Buck Belue’s ass!!!

freshman Tight end

November 6th, 2009
5:53 pm

saint simons
im tech die hard …….but dont be that guy


November 6th, 2009
7:35 pm

TT’s athletic director is from Berrien Co. Ga.

bull - dykes

November 6th, 2009
8:33 pm

we bull dykes will lose tomorrow.

Right On Time

November 6th, 2009
9:26 pm

Quarels’ brother is #5 for Wake Forrest. Hard decision for momma Quarels to decide which son to go see play… seems like a really good family.


November 6th, 2009
9:31 pm

Time for another shot of whiskey and a cigar…….Buhhhhhhhhhhck Belue.


November 6th, 2009
9:36 pm

he’s been that guy for a year now.


November 6th, 2009
10:22 pm

I’m hoping my Golden Eagles gain some respect with a good showing tomorrow. TECH fans are proud (and few and far between), but not stupid. We know what this game is about: getting some name recognition and a lot of dough…I hope it’s a great experience for the players and fans – be nice UGA fans! Good luck, GO EAGLES!!! TTU’s athletic director is from Maine, by the way, not the state of Georgia.

still a dawg fan

November 6th, 2009
10:49 pm

Do you know what the perfect relief would be for an ailing offense?


Tenn Tech can’t wait to get a hold of our DII defense & the Tenn Tech’s defense can’t wait to play against our offense minus our only D1 player (AJ).


November 7th, 2009
3:03 am

Urban Meyer fined $30,000 for criticizing officials when UGA player Williams tackled Tim Tebow.

The question I have is, when is The SEC going to fine Coach Richt $30,000 for the same exact statement about the same exact play ?


November 7th, 2009
7:33 am

So the dawgs really think they can beat a bunch of computer geeks? Give me a break! Time for another ass whupping and Cox crying after another loss with Martinez and the rest looking like a bunch of losers. See you on Nov. 28 – you guys will really learn how geeks play football.

German Shepherd Dawg

November 7th, 2009
7:35 am

Hey Joebrave,

I don’t recommend trying it.

BTW, the word is not squarley – try “squarely”, it works better.

The Other St. Simons

November 7th, 2009
7:55 am

St. Simons is a sad 26 year old who couldn’t get into Altamaha Tech. Please don’t pay him any mind. He is bitter.

((Hey, St. Simons, I need a caddie today. Can you loop for me?))


November 7th, 2009
10:56 am



November 7th, 2009
11:02 am

Let’s get back to Mark Richt:

Bobby Bowden said that the only hesitation he had about Mark Richt becoming a head football coach was that he might be too nice a guy for the job. I hope it is not true, but it seems to be judging from where we are at the moment.

Is he too nice of a guy to fire inept coaches including his defensive coordinator, offensive line coach, and quarterbacks coach?

Is he too nice of a guy to quit being the players’ friend and start being their authority figure that they know they better not hack off with stupid penalties, turnovers, and off the field antics?

I say “no” to each question. Familiarity breeds contempt. Donnan went soft on his players (you would have thought Quincey Carter ran the program). And Richt’s first impression of the Georgia program was and I quote “I was surprised at how soft the players were.” Thus the intense winter drills that Richt said “brought out the leaders on the team because they wouldn’t let the other players quit,”

We seem to have come full circle. But it is not too late. Sometimes being a head coach means being an arse if that is what it takes. Assistant coaches are employees (not friends) that either perform or don’t perform and you fire them if they don’t.

Players are student athletes that play disciplined football and should be more scared of their coach than of the other teams. None of this is true at UGA at the present.

It is time for Richt to quit being a “nice cool guy” and start being a “head football coach.”

I hope he does because I think he could be a great one.


November 7th, 2009
11:04 am

I’m a Techie but hoping that UGA can win impressively. Good luck.


November 7th, 2009
11:40 am

I see 38% of the views pick the dawgs to win. It will be something to see TT shove their offense up WM a&&. I can not watch because I am going golfing. I picked a good year to start back golfing.

If I send a resume to Evans reckon he could pay me a six digit salary because I can win five games a year at UGA. We dont know if WM and Bobo can do that. see at the t box

The Thin Guy

November 7th, 2009
1:04 pm

As long as Joe Cox starts ever offensive down, Tennis Shoe Tech has a chance. But if they put in Logan Gray it’s money in the bank for Richie Rich. In a few hours we will know if UGay is good enough to play in The Ohio Valley Conference. Forget it Compost Cable. I ain’t paying $ 30 to watch the cast of Deliverance in a game of flag (or is it touch) football.

Topp Dogg

November 7th, 2009
5:04 pm

Fire CWM and CMB asap if not sooner.Joe sux Cox .


November 7th, 2009
10:13 pm

Ok I know this may sound dumb but other than the 2 embarrassing losses to UT and UF if our schedule had been like some of the other SEC schools by playing 3 cream puff games like Charleston Southern, Troy and FIU, North Texas we could be sitting at 7-2 right now?


November 7th, 2009
10:56 pm

We have NOT played that many Top 25 teams in the Coach Richt Era of 8 years and 9 weeks BigDawg. What we do against them, is how we are measured. Sorry.

Someone wrote that Coach Richt is 27-19 against Top 25 teams, ranked in one Top 25 Poll or another at game time. That is meaningless. The facts of the matter are that teams are ranked based upon history in the first month of so of the polls while the flail away at opponents like UGA played today.

If an opponent is ranked in the Top 25 at Number 22, as Kentucky was when we played them in 2007, and then they lose 3 of their last 4 games that regular season as Kentucky did in 2007 to end up 8-5, clearly that is NOT a Top 25 team. Who gives a rat’s behind if an opponent is ranked in the Top 25 at the time we played them that year. The question is whether or not the team ended up on the Final AP Poll Top 25 that year we played them, or not. Kentucky in 2007 at 8-5 clearly did not.

Coach Richt is in fact 17-20 against in fact Final AP Poll Top 25 teams. That is a losing record.

Attempting to re-write that as 27-19 against Top 25 teams at game time, is just so much baloney.

The same writer did point out that in fact Coach Richt has a LOSING RECORD also against the real football teams in The SEC.

This author writes it as 16-18 against Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and LSU.

He is right on that too, of course.

Take this year, for example.

Would you say at Number 120 of 120 teams as the dead last worst at penalties in the nation, that penalties are and have been an issue ?

Today, we had 11 more penalties for 86 more penalty yards against UGA 2009.

We just keep on keeping on.

Would you say at Number 120 of 120 teams as the dead last worst at Turnovers in the nation, that turnovers are and have been an issue.

We have fumbled the football 3 more times today, and we threw another interception.

This is a 1-AA team with a 5-4 record.

Tennessee Tech fumbled the football and we did not get their fumble.

6 times all season long, we have come up with an interception or a fumble.

1 out of 11 fumbles by our opponents, have we come up with.

On kick-off coverage again today, our 1-AA opponent mind you returned kick-offs far better against us than we did against them. That too has been the fact in every game this year.

And, on punts to us again today, we did not get under the football and catch it. We haven’t done that either all season long. We just let the ball bounce around and our opponent, then, downs it. Last week against Florida, we let 2 punts die at our 1-yard line. Nice place to start your offense.

If I am supposed to feel solace that we beat a 5-4 team of the 1-AA 38 to nothing today, I am sorry what I see is more of the same of what we have done, have been doing, and will continue to do.

And, if I am supposed to feel solace that we are 27-19 against teams ranked in the Top 25 at game time, I am sorry but in fact against teams who ended up on the Final AP Poll Top 25, we are only 17-20 in the Coach Richt Era with his sorry-butt coaching staff.

And, 16-18 against Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and LSU.

We are not getting it done.

Don’t try to fool yourself we are.


November 7th, 2009
11:56 pm

you guys may be from georgia but you did not cross the fifty yard line today.so much for that.

Speak Easy

November 8th, 2009
1:24 am

BuLLdawg- You forgot one other thing. CMR is 0-1 against Paul Johnson. Most think that will soon be 0-2. And, Tech is 9-1. Headed to their conference title game. Then, again, most would agree a BCS Bowl. Will UGA even be bowl eligible? We don’t know yet. If they lose to UK then I would bet money on NO. Nothing personal just throwing a few more points out there.


November 8th, 2009
2:51 am

Tech’s opponents are 41-43 this season.

Nice schedule of cupcakes.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

November 8th, 2009
8:36 am

See what happens when you wear the REAL uni’s instead of those @#$%^&* black jerseys and @#$%^&* black helmets! ‘SILVER BRITCHES’!

Yellow Fuzz

November 8th, 2009
7:36 pm

Anybody heard from AtlantaTruth since early August? Me neither. lol.

August 6th, 2009
11:20 am
Only 113 days till the Tech beat down in Atlanta. Its posted in the locker room at Georgia…beware Tech fans its gonna hurt so bad you won’t be able to show your faces. Tech always has been and will continue to be a second tier college football program. I’ll bet you that there will be more Dawg fans at Grant Field than Tech fans for the game. Isn’t it amazing that Tech consistently is out recruited by not only Georgia but also Clemson, Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn and more recently Alabama in its own state? That fact alone should tell you that the Tech program is not thought of very highly throughout the South. Have your childish fun now Tech fans posting on this blog cause after this year’s game Tech will be back in its rightful place….irrelavant in college football!

August 6th, 2009
2:30 pm
Please…….stop…. please stop…we’re laughing so hard at your blogs we just can’t stand it. Tech a national power…what are you guys smoking? I love how you talk about running for 400 yards aganist Georgia…… Wake up. Tech is not that good and far from a national power….please I’m laughing to hard!

August 6th, 2009
3:14 pm
When was the last time Tech had a great coach? the fifties?….When was the last time you had great talent…Reggie Ball?…please stop I’m laughing again…..Please don’t forget our golf team and equestrian teams winning NC’s…How about our 02′and 05′ SEC Championships…… you know as long as were counting. When was the last time Tech won the mighty ACC? ….keep dreaming and posting on this blog….I need a good laugh every day.

Atlanta Truth
August 6th, 2009
6:04 pm
The truth hurts doesn’t it Tech Fans…..Tampa Gator is that all you have? Doak Walker award? Choice?…get a life. I’d start naming the Georgia backs and players now in the NFL..but I’d run out of room. What a bunch of pompous phonies. How many championships did Calvin Johnson win for Tech while he was there? And you’re telling me I give Georgia bloggers a bad name….stop I’m really laughing hard now. Come see me when you win the ACC…or a BCS game…or sell out your stadium for a home game. Until then NOBODY that closely follows college football thinks Tech football is RELEVANT!

August 7th, 2009
2:08 am
Are you kidding me. Tech wasn’t even a consensus NC winner in 1990. The poll that mattered didn’t have Tech #1.You asked if you are supposed to be scared by my rhetoric…..I really don’t care. All I do is state the facts. Just because you Tech fans live in a dream world and interpret them the way that makes you feel better about yourselves is your problem. Believe me your team is not that good. Average at best. Tech will not win the ACC, and definitely WILL NOT beat Georgia. In looking at the Tech schedule…I see Tech losing at least five games and possibly six. I predict that Tech will lose to Georgia by at least 17 points……Tech is a team that actually dropped out of the SEC because they thought they were better than everyone else and where did it get Tech?…relegated to a second tier team in the ACC. When Tech consistently has double digit win seasons, wins the ACC, and plays in meaningful BCS bowl games you’ll be able to pound your chest and tell me and everyone else that will listen how great Tech is until then….the Tech football program is irrelevant!


November 8th, 2009
7:41 pm

joebrave, you have ole buck pegged very well. he is such a homer and cannot see the forest for the trees.
he was a very average qb at georgia and he can thank herschel that he was at georgia the same time buck was there.
it is high time that someone take a very objective look at the dawgs since georgia is in the lower end of the sec latter !

it shall be an interesting off/season and my bet is willie stays along with bobo.

Yellow Fuzz

November 8th, 2009
8:20 pm


November 8th, 2009
8:25 pm

Hey Puppy Dawg fans. I seem to remember all the posts blasting Tech for playing Jacksonville State? Take a look at the Ohio Vally Conference and see where Tennessee Tech ranks in the same conference as Jacksonville State. But the good news is UGA beat a team from the state of Tennessee! Congratulations! Nice Job!


November 8th, 2009
8:59 pm

Ummm, Dawghater, just in case you didn’t know, Vanderbilt is in Tennessee too, Nashville to be precise. The last time I checked, that was the CAPITAL of Tennessee. So, beating Tennessee Tech yesterday was the second team from Tennesee we beat this year. Just in case you missed that. But if you are a Tennesee fan, and I know you didn’t say you were, but in case you are, better luck next year beating a team from Alabama because from my memory, I see you lost to Auburn and Alabama this year. Perhaps a game against UAB is in order???


November 8th, 2009
10:15 pm

Jax State will beat Tenn Tech than you guys did next weekend.


November 9th, 2009
10:14 am

Congrats UGAy for the big win! I thought your season was over. At least the heat is off of Richt now.

Yellow Fuzz

November 9th, 2009
11:13 am

For once I hope the dogs win a game. I hope they beat Auburn or Kentucky. I want them to HAVE to win at Tech to get a bowl invite. I want that very much.


November 9th, 2009
12:20 pm

Tech AD is from Maine. Tech Associate AD is from Berrien County Georgia, and and ex Dekalb County Coach. Georgia no different than any other school in playing an opponent from that division.

UGA Fans = Delusional

November 10th, 2009
10:55 am


Please go to the blog that is from when UGA got a DE from Atlanta. Read the comments from the UGA fans. I like the one stating how bad they were going to beat UF this year and next….worked out really well for you guys. I hope this season has humbled UGA fans, and hopefully they will not be pricks in the future.