– 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.”
“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.