Georgia Tech is most notably missing senior strong safety Isaiah Johnson due to his ACL injury and surgery. Johnson recently made his own decision to redshirt this season. Upon closer examination however, there are several Yellow Jacket players who are struggling with injuries this season.
Sophomore Chris Milton was supposed to replace Johnson but is currently dealing with a wrist injury. Starting outside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy is dealing with a hamstring issue and starting free safety Jamal Golden a shoulder one. It is questionable whether these players will take the field in Thursday’s home game against Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m.
So far, Ga. Tech has managed to pull off wins in all three of the games they have played, starting off the season with the 70-0 blowout against Elon followed by two conference wins over Duke and North Carolina. But with starters out and replacements in, going up against Virginia Tech this week could prove difficult. The Hokies have won their three games, minus the opening loss against No. 1 Alabama at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. However, it is worth noting that their wins were not against any conference opponents.
A win for Ga. Tech this week would certainly be helpful in their momentum going into next weekend’s match against No. 15 Miami in Florida. But it won’t come easy; there are not just the injuries to overcome, there’s also the fact that Ga. Tech has lost to Va. Tech in their last three years of match ups.