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( I'M ) A RAMBLIN' WRECK FROM GEORGIA TECH LYRICS 

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

 

 
First season

1892

Athletic director

Dan Radakovich

Head coach

Paul Johnson

3rd year, 26–13–0  (.667)

Home stadium

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field

Stadium capacity

55,000

Stadium surface

Grass

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Conference

ACC

Division

Coastal

All-time record

672–446–42 (.597)

Postseason bowl record

22–15–0

Claimed national titles

4 (1917, 1928, 1952, 1990)

Conference titles

16

Heisman winners

0

Consensus All-Americans

21

Current uniform

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Colors

White and Old Gold            

 Fight song

"Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech"
and "Up With the White & Gold"

Mascot

Buzz

Marching band

Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band

Website

ramblinwreck.com - Football

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represents the Georgia Institute of Technology in collegiate level football. While the team is officially designated as the Yellow Jackets, it is also referred to as the Ramblin' Wreck. The Yellow Jackets are a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Georgia Institute of Technology has fielded a football team since 1892 and has an all-time record of 664–447–43 (a .575 winning percentage). The Jackets play in Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia, which has a capacity of 55,000. The Jackets have won four Division I-A college football national championships and 15 conference titles. Their success led to Street and Smith to call them the 16th greatest football program of all time, which, to the delight of Tech fans, put them 2 spots ahead of hated rival University of Georgia.

A number of successful collegiate and professional football players once played for Tech. The school has 48 first-team All-Americans and over 150 alumni who have played in the NFL. Among the most lauded and most notable players the school has produced are Keith Brooking, Joe Hamilton, Joe Guyon, Billy Shaw and Calvin Johnson. In addition to its players, Tech's football program has been noted for its coaches and its, in many cases bizarre traditions and game finishes. Among the team's former coaches are John Heisman, for whom the Heisman trophy is named, and Bobby Dodd, for whom the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award and the school's stadium are named. Heisman led the team to the highest-scoring game in American football history, and both Heisman and Dodd led Tech's football team to national championships. Dodd also led the Jackets on their longest winning streak against the University of Georgia, Tech's most time-endured rival.

Contents

 History

 The beginnings: 1892–1903

The 1893 Georgia Tech football team

The Georgia Tech football program started with several students forming a loose-knit troop of footballers called the Blacksmiths. On November 5, 1892, Tech played its first football game against Mercer University. The team lost to Mercer 12–6 in Macon, GA. The Macon Telegraph reported, "The game, while not brilliant, was full of earnest and determined effort, and this sort of playing, is after all, the most enjoyable to watch." Tech played two other games during their first season and lost both of them for a season record of 0–3. Discouraged by these results, the Blacksmiths sought a coach to improve their record. Leonard Wood, a local Atlantan, heard of Tech's football struggles and volunteered to player-coach the team.

In 1893, Tech played against the University of Georgia for the first time. Tech defeated Georgia 28–6 for the school's first-ever victory. The angry Georgia fans threw stones and other debris at the Tech players during and after the game. The poor treatment of the Blacksmiths by the Georgia faithful gave birth to the rivalry now known as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. Over the span of 1892–1903, Tech only won 8 games, tied in 5, and lost 32. A professional coach was desperately needed if Tech wished to build a truly competitive football program.

Heisman's legend: 1904–1919

The Tech football team noted a particular coach during their initial abysmal run. The first game of the 1903 season was a 73–0 destruction at the hands of John Heisman's Clemson; shortly after the season, Tech offered Heisman a coaching position. Heisman was hired by Tech for $2,250 a year and 30% of the home ticket sales. Heisman would not disappoint the Tech faithful as his first season was an 8–1–1 performance. He would also muster a 5-game winning streak against the hated Georgia Bulldogs from 1904–1908 before incidents led up to the cutting of athletic ties with Georgia in 1919.

The scoreboard

The most notable game of Heisman's career was the most lopsided victory in college football history. In 1916, Cumberland College ended its football program and attempted to cancel a scheduled game with Heisman's Jackets. Heisman, however, was seeking vengeance for a 22–0 baseball loss to Cumberland in the spring of 1916, a game in which Heisman suspected Cumberland of hiring professional players to pose as Cumberland students. Heisman refused the game's cancellation and Cumberland mustered up a group of commonfolk to play Tech.  Tech won 222–0. Neither team achieved a first down, as Cumberland either punted or turned the ball over before a first down and Tech scored on almost every play from scrimmage. Jim Preas, Tech's kicker, kicked 16 point after tries, which is still a record for a single game.

Heisman coached Tech all the way up until 1919. He had amassed 104 wins over 16 seasons, helped students construct Grant Field in 1913, and led Tech to its first national title in 1917. However in 1919, he had divorced his wife and felt that he would embarrass his wife socially if he remained in Atlanta. Heisman moved to Pennsylvania leaving Tech's Yellow Jackets in the hands of William Alexander.

 Alexander continues the trend: 1920–1944

"Wrong Way Riegels" during the 1929 Rose Bowl

Alexander had attended Georgia Tech and after graduating as valedictorian of his class in 1912, taught mathematics at Tech and served as Heisman's assistant coach. In 1920, he was given the job of head coaching Tech's football team. Alexander's first season saw Tech win an SIAA title and finish the season with a win over rival Auburn. In 1927, Alexander instituted "the Plan." Tech and UGA had just renewed their annual rivalry game in 1925 after an eight-year hiatus. Georgia was highly rated to start the 1927 season and justified their rating throughout the season going 9–0 in their first 9 games. Alexander's plan was to minimize injuries by benching his starters early no matter the score of every game before the UGA finale. On December 3, 1927, UGA rolled into Atlanta on the cusp of a National Title. Tech's well rested starters shut out the Bulldogs 12–0 and ended any chance of UGA's first National Title.

Alexander's 1928 team would be the very first Tech team to attend a bowl game. The team had amassed a perfect 9–0 record and was invited to the 1929 Rose Bowl to play California. Tech traveled by train to meet the awaiting Golden Bears. The game was a defensive struggle with the first points being scored after a Georgia Tech fumble. The loose ball was scooped up by California Center Roy Riegels and then accidentally returned in the wrong direction. Riegels returned the ball all the way to Georgia Tech's 3 yard line. After Riegels was finally tackled by his own team, the Bears opted to punt from the end zone. The punt was blocked and converted by Tech into a safety giving Tech a 2–0 lead. Cal would score a touchdown and point after but Tech would score another touchdown to finally win the game 8–7. This victory made Tech the 10–0 undefeated National Champions of 1928. It was Tech's second National Title in 11 years. After the game, Jack "Stumpy" Thomason acquired a live bear cub. He brought the cub back to Atlanta, where it lived under the bleachers of Grant Field for several years before it moved along with Stumpy up to Pittsburgh.

Coach Alexander found campus spirit to be particularly low following the Great Depression. His successful football program and the other athletic teams had very few student fans attending the games. He helped to establish a spirit organization known as the Yellow Jacket Club in 1930 to bolster student spirit. The group would later become the Ramblin' Reck Club. Coach Alexander finally retired in 1944 after winning 134 games as head coach and taking Tech to the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl Classic, and Sugar Bowl. To this day, Alexander has the second most victories of any Tech football coach. The record for most coaching victories in Tech history is still held by Alexander's then coordinator and eventual successor Bobby Dodd.

The only retired jersey in Georgia Tech football history is #19. The number belonged to Tech halfback Clint Castleberry. Castleberry played on the 1942 Tech team as a true freshman and was third place in the 1942 Heisman Trophy voting. After ending his freshman year at Tech, Castleberry elected to join the war effort and signed up for the Army Air Corps. While co-piloting a B-26 Marauder over Africa, Castleberry, his crew, and another B-26 disappeared and were never heard from again. Castleberry has been memorialized on Grant Field ever since his passing with a prominent #19 on display in the stadium.

Dodd wins titles, sets records, & beats the Dogs: 1945–1966

Bobby Dodd in 1952

Bobby Dodd took over the Georgia Tech football program following Coach Alexander's retirement in 1944. Dodd's coaching philosophy revolved around player treatment and character development. He did not believe in intense physical practices but rather precise and well executed practices. Dodd's philosophy translated to winning. He set the record for career wins at Tech at 165 career coaching wins including a 31-game winning streak from 1951–1952. He also managed to capture two Southeastern Conference Titles and the 1952 National Title, which concluded a 12–0 perfect season and Sugar Bowl conquest of previously undefeated, seventh ranked Mississippi Ole Miss., in a season that also included victories over Orange Bowl champions, 9th ranked, Alabama, 15th ranked Gator Bowl champions Florida Gators football, 16th ranked Duke, and a 7-4 rival Georgia. While 9-0 Michigan State would capture the AP and UP titles, the Yellow Jackets' were ranked first in the International News Service poll.

Dodd also understood the deep-seated rivalry with the University of Georgia. His teams won 8 games in a row over the Bulldogs from 1946–1954 outscoring the Bulldogs 176–39 during the winning streak. This 8–game winning streak against Georgia remains the longest winning streak by either team in the series. Dodd would finish his career with a 12–9 record against the Bulldogs.

Dodd's tenure included Georgia Tech's withdrawal from the Southeastern Conference. The initial spark for Dodd's withdrawal was a historic feud with Alabama Crimson Tide Coach Bear Bryant. The feud began when Tech was visiting the Tide at Denny Stadium in 1961. After a Tech punt, Alabama fair-caught the ball. Chick Granning of Tech was playing coverage and relaxed after the signal for the fair catch. Darwin Holt of Alabama continued play and smashed his elbow into Granning's face causing severe fracturing in his face, a broken nose, and blood-filled sinuses. Granning was knocked unconscious and suffered a severe concussion, the result of which left him unable to play football ever again. Dodd sent Bryant a letter asking Bryant to suspend Holt after game film indicated Holt had intentionally injured Granning. Bryant never suspended Holt. The lack of discipline infuriated Dodd and sparked Dodd's interest in withdrawing from the SEC.

Another issue of concern for Dodd was Alabama's and other SEC schools' over-recruitment of players. Universities would recruit more players than they had roster space for. During the summer practice sessions, the teams in question would cut the players well after signing day thus preventing the cut players from finding new colleges to play for. Dodd appealed the SEC administration to punish the "tryout camps" of his fellow SEC members but the SEC did not. Finally, Dodd withdrew Georgia Tech from the SEC in 1963. Tech would remain an independent like Notre Dame and Penn State (at the time) during the final four years of Dodd's coaching tenure. In 1967, Dodd passed the head coach position to his favorite coordinator, Bud Carson. Dodd simply retained his athletic director position, which he had acquired in 1950. He would not retire from athletic directing until 1976.

Coaching in Dodd's shadow: 1967–1986

Bud Carson was Tech's defensive coordinator in 1966. His job was to appease the massive Tech fan base Bobby Dodd had accumulated. Carson was not the charismatic leader like Dodd but rather a strategy man that enjoyed intense game planning. Carson's most notable achievements included recruiting Tech's first ever African American scholarship athlete and being the first Tech head coach to be fired.

Carson recruited Eddie McAshan to play quarterback in 1970. After several Summer practices, McAshan won the starting quarterback job and became the first African American quarterback to start for a major Southeastern university. This decision initially polarized Georgia Tech's fan base, but after winning his first 4 starts and leading Tech to a 9–3 season after three straight 4–6 seasons, McAshan won the hearts of the Tech faithful. McAshan's besting of UGA in the annual rivalry game made McAshan a fixture on campus. The following season, however, led to Carson's demise. In 1971, Tech went 6–6 and a fan base used to Bobby Dodd's 8 wins per season average forced Carson out by James E. Boyd's hand. Carson went on to form the Steel Curtain Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

Bill Fulcher supplanted Bud Carson. Fulcher appeared to be the right choice but quit after two seasons, overwhelmed by the Tech fan base. Fulcher's tenure included a terrible feud with Eddie McAshan, which peaked before the 1972 UGA game. McAshan had requested additional tickets for the game so that his family could attend. Fulcher refused the ticket request and McAshan sat out of practice in protest. Fulcher responded by suspending the quarterback for the UGA game and the upcoming Liberty Bowl. The story exploded on the national scene when Jesse Jackson attended the UGA game, allowing McAshan to sit with him outside of the stadium in protest.

Pepper Rodgers was hired soon after Fulcher quit. Rodgers was hired away from the UCLA Bruins and like Carson and Fulcher, simply could not return Tech to its national prominence of Dodd's era. After six seasons, Rodgers had accumulated only 31 wins and barely a 50% winning percentage. Rodgers attempted to reinvigorate Tech's program by joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1978. The Georgia Tech football program reached its lowest point in modern history after the hiring of Bill Curry. His first two Tech teams from 1980–1981 won only 2 games and lost 19. Curry's teams had gotten so bad, they could only get better. He rebuilt the team, restored a winning mentality to the Georgia Tech fan base, and in 1985 Tech won 9 games.

Tech's 1984–1985 teams featured the "Black Watch" defense. The Black Watch defense was created by defensive coordinator Don Lindsey and featured linebackers Ted Roof and Jim Anderson and lineman Pat Swilling. The elite defensive players were awarded black stripes down the center of their helmets and black GT emblems on the side of their helmets. Curry's leadership and ability to build a winning program sparked interest from the Crimson Tide and Alabama hired Curry away from Tech in 1986. Tech sought out the talented Maryland Terrapins Coach Bobby Ross after Curry's departure.

Old gold gets new shine: 1987–1991

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1990 AFCA National Championship Trophy Georgia Tech received.

Bobby Ross came from Maryland after winning three ACC titles over four years. Ross' first season at Tech experienced a severe talent vacuum after Curry's departure. The team only won two games and Ross contemplated ending his coaching career after a humbling loss to Wake Forest in 1987. Ross decided to remain at Tech and continued to rebuild Tech's program. The turning point came in 1989 with the recruitment of Shawn Jones and several other key freshman. After two seasons and only five total wins, Jones helped the Jackets rebound at the end of the 1989 season.

In Jones' sophomore season, Tech powered through their schedule and won the ACC. The four game unbeaten streak in 1989 extended all the way through 1990 and into the 1991 Citrus Bowl. Tech demolished Nebraska 45–21 in the 1991 Citrus Bowl, finishing the season 11–0–1, and earning a share of the 1990 National Title with the Colorado Buffaloes.

Tech's winning streak ended against Penn State in the 1991 season opener. Ross and Jones never replicated that 1990 season but managed to win 8 games in 1991 making Shawn Jones one of the most heralded quarterbacks in Tech history. Ross was offered a head coach position after the 1991 season for the San Diego Chargers, which he took. Bill Lewis was hired soon after Ross' departure.

Controversies and Heisman contention: 1992–2001

Bill Lewis was hired from East Carolina. He had turned the Pirates into a winning team at a school with little football tradition. The Tech faithful hoped that he could continue the winning tradition of Tech that Bobby Ross has kick-started. They were wrong. Bill Lewis' first season at Tech in 1992 saw a team two years removed from a National Title only win 5 games. Preseason All-American Shawn Jones suffered from nagging injuries, leaving Tech's offense inept. After Jones' fourth year ran out, redshirt freshman Donnie Davis stepped in to fill his shoes in 1993. Davis did no better than Jones under Lewis. Davis only won 5 games for Tech.

During the Summer of '94, Davis was injured so Lewis recruited junior college transfer Tom Luginbill. Luginbill was a proficient passer at Palomar College. Luginbill's first two games in 1994 showed promise as Tech almost upset Arizona who was projected as the #1 team in the nation by Sports Illustrated and won 45-26 over Western Carolina. After Western Carolina, Luginbill and Tech struggled. Tech lost its next 6 games before Lewis was terminated midseason. Defensive coordinator George O'Leary took immediate control of Tech and after his interim session in 1994, he was appointed head coach in 1995. O'Leary's first season saw Senior Donnie Davis return as starter and Tech won 6 games. O'Leary's second season saw the emergence of Joe Hamilton as starter when Brandon Shaw struggled in his first two starts. Hamilton would eventually lead the Jackets back to bowl contention and Tech attended its first bowl in six years, the 1997 Carquest Bowl.

Hamilton's prowess as a runner and passer thrilled the Georgia Tech fans. Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen utilized a complex offense with Hamilton that featured option football mixed in with complex timing routes. Hamilton racked up yardage, touchdowns, and wins for Tech. In 1998, Hamilton and Tech's high powered offense won 10 games and a season ending victory over Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl. Hamilton's senior year put him on the national stage. He was a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy against rushing phenomenon Ron Dayne. Hamilton passed for over 3000 yards and rushed for over 700 yards. But while Hamilton dazzled, the Georgia Tech defense was a liability (they allowed around 28 points per game), and may have ultimately cost Hamilton the 1999 Heisman Trophy. In a late-season, nationally-televised game against Wake Forest, Tech gave up 26 points and Hamilton threw two interceptions and no touchdowns. As an indirect result, Dayne went on to win the Heisman (Joe was runner-up). Hamilton's Georgia Tech career ended on a sour note in the 2000 Gator Bowl against the Miami, where the Jackets lost 28–13. The following season, redshirt junior George Godsey, a more traditional pocket passer, succeeded Hamilton at the helm of Tech's powerful offense. The drop-off was minimal—Godsey continued where Hamilton left off, winning 9 games in 2000 and 8 games in 2001. In 2000, Godsey also led Tech to their third straight victory over the archival Georgia Bulldogs.

The end of the 2001 season saw George O'Leary entertain a coaching offer from Notre Dame after Bob Davie announced resignation as Irish head coach. O'Leary was eventually awarded the position, but it was revoked shortly thereafter when Notre Dame discovered that O'Leary had fabricated several aspects of his resume. He claimed to have played three years for the University of New Hampshire and to have attained a Master's degree from New York University; in actuality, he had attended NYU but did not graduate, and he never played a down of New Hampshire football. Following O'Leary's departure, Mac McWhorter was named interim head coach for Georgia Tech's bowl game, a victory over Stanford in the 2002 Seattle Bowl. The following spring, Chan Gailey was hired to replace O'Leary as Georgia Tech's head coach.

Great upsets, upsetting losses, and a termination: 2002–2007

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Chan Gailey in 2006

Chan Gailey came to Georgia Tech in 2002 after head coaching stints with the Dallas Cowboys, Samford Bulldogs, and Troy Trojans. Gailey's first team in 2002 managed to win seven games under the quarterbacking of A.J. Suggs. The most notable game of the 2002 season was an upset of National Title Contender North Carolina State. Georgia Tech rallied in the fourth quarter to upset N.C. State and end Philip Rivers's Heisman Trophy hopes. In 2003, eleven Georgia Tech players were found academically ineligible. Despite the academic losses and the playing of true freshman Reggie Ball, Gailey would lead Tech to a seven-win season and humiliation of Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl. P.J. Daniels racked up over 300 yards rushing in the effort.

2004 and 2005 saw Georgia Tech improve talent and skillwise but Tech won seven games again. Star Calvin Johnson arrived as a true freshman in 2004. His performance against Clemson in 2004 helped cement Johnson's place in the annals of all-time Tech greats. Two off-the-field problems affected the Yellow Jackets' 2005 season. First, Reuben Houston, a starting cornerback, was arrested for possession of over one hundred pounds of marijuana. Reuben was dismissed from the football team immediately following this arrest but a later court order forced Coach Gailey to allow Houston to return to the team. Houston would see little playing time following the court order.

At the end of the 2005 season, an NCAA investigation found that eleven ineligible players had played for the Yellow Jackets between the 1998 and 2005 seasons.[36] These players played while not making progress towards graduation on the NCAA-approved schedule. The football victories for that season were initially revoked, and Georgia Tech was put on two years of NCAA probation. Twelve football scholarships were stricken from Georgia Tech's allotment for the 2006 and 2007 freshman classes. The Georgia Tech Athletic Department appealed this decision by the NCAA, and the records were restored but scholarship reductions and probation remained.

Gailey's most successful year at Georgia Tech was in 2006 with nine victories and the ACC Coastal Division championship. The Yellow Jackets football team reached its first New Year's Bowl since the 1999 Gator Bowl and played the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Gator Bowl. Tashard Choice led the ACC in rushing yards and Calvin Johnson led the ACC in receptions and receiving yardage. On the morning of Monday, November 26, 2007, Gailey was fired from the Yellow Jackets, two days after another heartbreaking loss to the University of Georgia. The Yellow Jackets' Athletic Department chose Paul Johnson, current Navy and former Georgia Southern head coach, as Gailey's replacement for the Head Coach on December 7, 2007.

Paul Johnson era: 2008–Present

On Friday, December 7, 2007, less than two weeks after Georgia Tech announced the firing of Chan Gailey, Paul Johnson was announced as the new Georgia Tech head football coach.Johnson was hired under a seven year contract worth more than $11 million. Johnson immediately began installing his unique flexbone option offense at Georgia Tech. By the regular season's end, Johnson had led the Yellow Jackets to a 9–3 record including an ACC Coastal Division Co-Championship and a 45–42 win in Athens, GA over arch-rival UGA, Tech's first win against the Bulldogs since 2000. In recognition of his accomplishments in his first season, Johnson was named 2008 ACC Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association as well as the CBSSports.com coach of the year. Several weeks after Johnson's defeat of rival Georgia, Georgia Tech rewarded Johnson with a new contract worth $17.7 million, a 53% raise that made him the second highest paid coach in the ACC before he had even completed his first year in the conference. In 2009, Johnson led the Yellow Jackets to their first win over Florida State in Tallahassee in school history, a 49-44 shootout that featured over 1000 total yards between the two teams. One week later, Johnson defeated #4 Virginia Tech 28-23 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The win broke an 0-17 losing streak to top five opponents at Grant Field in the past 47 years. On October 24, 2009, Johnson led the Yellow Jackets to their first win against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, VA since 1990. At Duke University Johnson and his team clinched the ACC Coastal Division for the first time since 2006. Still, Johnson and company could not win their second game in a row over hated Georgia as the Bulldogs upset Tech 30-24 in the final home game of the season in 2009. On December 5 the Jackets defeated the Clemson Tigers to make them ACC champions, a title that would be vacated on July 14, 2011 due to NCAA infractions. The Yellow Jackets went on to lose to Iowa in the Orange Bowl, 24-14.

Home stadium

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Grant Field and the east stands around 1912

The Yellow Jackets play their home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon his hiring in 1904, John Heisman insisted that the Institute acquire its own football field. Grant Field was constructed to appease Heisman as well as bring a true home field advantage to Tech football.

From 1893–1912, the team used area parks such as Brisbane Park, Ponce de Leon Park, and Piedmont Park as the home field. Georgia Tech took out a seven-year lease on what is now the southern end of Grant Field, although the land was not adequate for sports, due to its unleveled, rocky nature. In 1905, Heisman had 300 convict laborers clear rocks, remove tree stumps, and level out the field for play; Tech students then built a grandstand on the property. The land was purchased by 1913, and John W. Grant donated $15,000 towards the construction of the field's first permanent stands; the field was named Grant Field in honor of the donor's deceased son, Hugh Inman Grant.

The stadium now sits amongst a unique urban skyline and is the oldest Division I-A football stadium. In fact, the only Division I stadiums older are Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Stadium. Grant Field was natural grass until 1971. The astroturf was replaced by grass in 1995. The stadium officially holds 55,000 but has held up to 56,412 in 2005 and 56,680 in 2006.

Logos and uniforms

The GT logo was developed in 1967 at the request of Bobby Dodd. One of the varsity players was asked to design a logo for the helmets. Several variations of the design were submitted. The yellow jacket was not submitted because to make the insect look mean it would have to be stinging and therefor flying backwards. The GT was selected during the summer of 1967 and formalized into decals for the helmets. Over the years it became the official logo for Georgia Tech.

When head coach Paul Johnson was hired in 2008, the Yellow Jackets adopted a new uniform style. One year later, the uniforms were altered to change the yellow to gold. A year after that, the uniforms were altered again. This time, the team adopted separate white uniforms for both home and away games, while retaining the previous styles' navy and gold jerseys for occasions when the Yellow Jackets could not wear white at home.

Rivalries

  • Georgia – Georgia Tech's fight songs and cheers are tailored to belittle the University of Georgia Bulldogs, and the perennial catch-phrase for Georgia Tech fans for many decades has been "To Hell with Georgia". Georgia Tech and the Univ. of Georgia have played each other in football over 100 times (and hundreds more times in basketball, baseball, track and field, tennis, etc.) and this rivalry has become known as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. The annual football game is by far the most important game on the schedule for most Georgia Tech sports fans. The winner of this game takes home the Georgia State Governor's Cup. Georgia Tech trails Georgia in the all-time series 60-39-5.
  • Auburn – The Yellow Jackets have played the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (A.P.I.) or Auburn University Tigers more than 80 times in football, and the series of football games between the two is the second-oldest in the Southeast. Auburn Univ. or A.P.I. is by far Georgia Tech's second-most-often played opponent in football.The rivalry is also intense in basketball, baseball, etc. For many years, the rivalry between Georgia Tech and A.P.I. in football became so heated that the annual games were not played in Atlanta or Auburn, but rather at the neutral site of a stadium in Columbus, Georgia, very close to the boundary between the two states.
This rivalry lost some luster when the Georgia Tech Athletics discarded its membership in the Southeastern Conference in 1963 to become an independent institute and also to focus more on the academics of technology. However, the Yellow Jackets continued their annual series of football games with the Auburn Tigers through 1987, and with the University of Georgia though the present day. Georgia Tech and Auburn play football games in occasional years, and games in other sports regularly. Even though the Yellow Jackets have joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for all sports in recent decades, from a historical perspective, the Auburn Tigers are Georgia Tech's second-highest sports rivalry, behind only the Georgia Bulldogs.Georgia Tech trails Auburn in the all time series 47-41-4.
  • Clemson Tigers – The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Clemson Tigers have the fourth-most-played series in Georgia Tech football history. Clemson is Tech's closest opponent, geographically, in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Also, in the ACC's new two-division arrangement, each team has one football opponent in the opposite division which has been selected as the two teams' official cross-division rival that they play every year. The Yellow Jackets and the Clemson Tigers are one of these six pairs. In addition to their geographical closeness, the Georgia Tech – Clemson pairing is also a logical one because of both schools' long history in engineering, technology, and science education. Recently, the game has become known for last-minute, extremely close finishes.
In 1977 (before the Yellow Jackets had even joined the ACC), this football series was being considered for termination by the administration of Georgia Tech. Clemson football fans, in an effort to show their economic impact on the Atlanta, Ga., area, brought with them to Atlanta large stockpiles of two-dollar bills that were stamped with Clemson Tiger Paws. The President and other administrators of Georgia Tech found this to be offensive to Georgia Tech and disrespectful to the Government of the United States. Georgia Tech leads Clemson in the all time series 48-24-2.
  • Notre Dame – The Georgia Tech-Notre Dame Fighting Irish football rivalry is probably better known for its outbursts of atrocious off-the-field misbehavior, instead of the actual games.  Georgia Tech fans pelted the Notre Dame players, coaches, and visiting fans with fish and liquor bottles during the games played at Bobby Dodd Stadium during the 1960s and 1970s. The football game in 1975 was made famous nationwide in the movie Rudy, in which the Notre Dame player Rudy Ruettiger tackles the Georgia Tech quarterback Rudy Allen. Georgia Tech trails Notre Dame in the all time series 27-6-1.
  • Virginia Tech- The Georgia Tech – Virginia Tech rivalry has grown considerably as of late. The intra-conference game has seen both teams ranked, and in the recent past has played a key part in determining the winner of the ACC Coastal Division. Since the ACC switched to Division format in 2005, the winner of this game has gone on to win the Coastal Division, with VT winning three times and GT winning twice. Dubbed the Battle of the Techs, the game has seen some very close, very intense match-ups.

Traditions

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The Ramblin' Wreck during a football game.
  • Colors – Georgia Tech football features old gold and white uniforms with old gold helmets. Navy blue and black have been used as alternate jerseys. In 2006, Georgia Tech featured a throwback jersey based on Bud Carson-era uniforms. The jerseys were mustard gold and the helmets were white.
  • Songs – The fight songs for Georgia Tech are "Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech" and "Up With the White and Gold". If Georgia Tech scores a touchdown, then both songs are played. If Georgia Tech only kicks a field goal, "Ramblin' Wreck" is played. For some big plays, a shortened version of either song is played.
  • Nicknames – Georgia Tech football teams have had several nicknames over the years including the "Blacksmiths", the "Engineers", the "Golden Tornado", or just the "Techs". Officially, the teams are called the "Yellow Jackets" or the "Ramblin' Wreck".
  • Mascots – The "Ramblin' Wreck" and the yellow jacket "Buzz" are the mascots of Georgia Tech football. The "Ramblin' Wreck" is a 1930 Ford Model A Sports Coupe, and it has led the football team on to Grant Field every game since September 30, 1961. "Buzz" began pacing the sidelines of Grant Field as a mischievous anthropomorphized yellow jacket during the 1970s. "Buzz" was ranked the number three top mascot in all of college football by "America's Best" and the "Top Ten" Web site.
  • Yellow Jacket Alley – "Yellow Jacket Alley" is an event staged before every game. It is a players' walk in which the team and coaches walk from the buses to the stadium, and the fans surround and cheer the walking players.
  • Steam Whistle – An industrial steam whistle has been present on Georgia Tech's campus ever since the early industrial shop years. It typically was blown for the change of classes at five minutes before the hour. On football game days, the whistle is blown after every Yellow Jackets' score, and again after every Yellow Jackets' victory.
  • Student Section – The student sections for the Yellow Jackets' home football games are primarily located in the North and South End Zones of Grant Field. Flash card displays have been performed by the student section every football season since 1957. A semi-official student cheering section called the "Swarm" is located in the North End Zone adjacent to the marching band. The Swarm began in 1996.
  • Marching Band - Even though Georgia Tech is a high-ranking Institute of Technology, and not a college of the arts and humanities, it still fields a marching band at all home football games, at some on-the-road games and Bowl Games. Among other songs, the Yellow Jacket Marching Band always plays the Georgia Tech fight songs and the Alma Mater, and in addition, it plays "When You Say Budweiser, You've Said It All" at the completion of the third quarter.

Team achievements

Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket football has been ranked as the 18th most prestigious college football program in American history by ESPNU.

National championships

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YearCoachSelectorRecordBowl
1917John HeismanNational Championship Foundation, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate9-0--
1928William AlexanderNational Championship Foundation, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate10-0Won Rose
1952Bobby DoddBerryman, INS, Poling12-0Won Sugar
1990Bobby RossCoaches11-0-1Won Citrus
Total national championships:4

Conference titles

  • SIAA – 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921 – Head Coaches John Heisman and William Alexander coached the Georgia Tech football team to five conference titles during Tech's 26-year span in the SIAA.
  • Southern Conference – 1922, 1927, 1928 – Head Coach William Alexander coached Georgia Tech football teams to three Southern Conference titles during Georgia Tech's ten-year membership in the Southern Conference.
  • Southeastern Conference – 1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1952 – Head Coach Alexander and Head Coach Dodd lead Georgia Tech football teams to five SEC titles during Tech's 30-year membership in the SEC.
  • Atlantic Coast Conference – 1990, 1998 (shared), 2009  – Head Coaches Bobby Ross and George O'Leary's most notable performances included one ACC football championship apiece during Georgia Tech's soon-to-be 29-year membership in the ACC. The Jackets vacated the 2009 Championship due to NCAA violations.

ACC Division titles

  • ACC Coastal Division – 2006, 2008 (shared), 2009 – Led by wide receiver Calvin Johnson, senior quarterback Reggie Ball, and running back Tashard Choice, the Yellow Jackets won their first Coastal Division Championship in 2006, just one year after the ACC introduced its system of two divisions. In 2008, Paul Johnson's first year as the Head Coach, the Yellow Jackets won a share of the Coastal Division Championship, tied with the Virginia Tech Hokies, but the Yellow Jackets did not advance to the ACC Championship Game because of an earlier loss to the Hokies in a head-to-head regular-season game.

Bowl history

Georgia Tech has appeared in 39 bowl games, but Georgia Tech has not won a bowl game since 2004. Georgia Tech's 2010 loss to Air Force extended their post season losing streak to 6 games. Their poor post-season performance is sometimes cited as a reason for their inability to convince their fans to attend games- both bowl and regular season. Georgia Tech ranks ninth in all time bowl wins with 22. Georgia Tech's first four bowl game appearances, the Rose Bowl (1929), Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl Classic, and Sugar Bowl, marked the first time a team had competed in all four of the Major Bowl Games.

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Individual achievements

Heisman Trophy finalists

Georgia Tech has had several players receive votes in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Eddie Prokop finished fifth in the 1943 Heisman voting, Lenny Snow finished 14th in the 1966 voting,] Eddie Lee Ivery finished 8th in the 1978 voting, and Calvin Johnson finished 10th in the 2006 voting. Billy Lothridge is the only Tech player to receive votes in multiple years. He was 8th in 1962 and runner-up in 1963. Clint Castleberry was the only freshman in the history of the Heisman to finish as high as third until Herschel Walker's third place finish in 1980. Castleberry and Walker, however, were both surpassed in 2004 by true freshman Adrian Peterson's Heisman runner-up season. Joe Hamilton tied Lothridge's runner-up status in 1999.

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NamePositionYearFinish
Clint CastleberryHB1942Third
Eddie ProkopQB1943Fifth
Billy LothridgeQB1963Runner-up
Joe HamiltonQB1999Runner-up

All-Americans

Georgia Tech has fielded 50 First Team All-Americans. The first All-Americans at Tech were Walker Carpenter and Everett Strupper in 1917 while the most recent were Durant Brooks in 2007] Michael Johnson in 2008, and Derrick Morgan in 2009.

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Position award winners

Three Georgia Tech players have been awarded the highest collegiate award possible for their position. Joe Hamilton won the Davey O'Brien Award after his senior season in 1999, Calvin Johnson won the Fred Biletnikoff Award after his junior season in 2006, and Durant Brooks won the Ray Guy Award in 2007. Hamilton and Johnson were the only Tech players to be named ACC Player of the Year until Jonathan Dwyer received the honor in 2008.

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NameAwardYear
Joe HamiltonO'Brien1999
Calvin JohnsonBiletnikoff2006
Durant BrooksRay Guy2007

Post-collegiate accolades

Georgia Tech has had three coaches and twelve players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana. Coaches Heisman, Alexander, and Dodd were inducted in the 1954, 1951, and 1993 classes respectively.

NamePositionPlayedInducted
Maxie BaughnC1957–19591988
Ray BeckG1948–19511997
Bobby DavisT1944–19471978
Bill FincherE, T1916–19201974
Buck FlowersOG1916–19201955
Joe GuyonHB, T1912–19181971
George MorrisC1950–19521981
Larry MorrisC1951–19541992
Pat SwillingDE1982–19852009
Peter PundC1926–19281963
Randy RhinoS1972–19742002
Everett StrupperHB1915–19171972

Georgia Tech has over 150 alumni that have played in the National Football League. Tech has had ten players selected in the first round of the NFL draft since its inception in 1937. The first Georgia Tech player ever to be drafted was Middleton Fitzsimmons in 1937. He was drafted 2nd in the 10th round by the Chicago Bears. The first Tech player selected in the first round was Eddie Prokop in 1945 and the most recent first round Yellow Jackets were Demaryius Thomas and Derrick Morgan in 2010.

NamePositionYearOverall PickTeam
Derrick MorganDE201016thTennessee Titans
Demaryius ThomasWR201022ndDenver Broncos
Calvin JohnsonWR20072ndDetroit Lions
Keith BrookingLB199812thAtlanta Falcons
Marco ColemanDE199212thMiami Dolphins
Eddie Lee IveryRB197915thGreen Bay Packers
Kent HillOG197926thL.A. Rams
Rufus GuthrieOG196310thL.A. Rams
Larry MorrisLB19557thL.A. Rams
Eddie ProkopQB19454thBoston Yanks

Two Yellow Jackets have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joe Guyon played professional football from 1920-1927. Guyon was a collegiate teammate of Jim Thorpe at Carlisle Indian Industrial School before transferring to Georgia Tech. His playing career began with the Canton Bulldogs and finished with the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the class of 1966. Billy Shaw played professional football for the Buffalo Bills from 1961-1969. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the class of 1999.

NamePositionPlayedInducted
Joe GuyonHB, T1920–19271966
Billy ShawOG1961–19691999

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Wade Mitchell (1956 Gator Bowl).

Johnny Roland (#23) (1962 Bluebonnet Bowl).

Gator Bowl - 1956

Billy Teas of Tech vs. Notre Dame.

1956 Tech players from the state of Tennessee.

Top row, left to right: Sonny Gibbs -- Quarterback -- Texas Christian; Jerry Stovall -- Halfback -- Louisiana State; Dave Behrman -- Guard -- Michigan State; Bobby Bell -- Tackle -- Minnesota. Middle row, left to right: Jim Dunaway -- Tackle -- Mississippi; Dave Watson -- Guard -- Georgia Tech; Lee Roy Jordan -- Center -- Alabama; Tom Hutchinson -- End -- Kentucky. Bottom row, left to right: Duffy Daugherty -- Coach of the Year -- Michigan State; Hugh Campbell -- End -- Washington State; George Saimes -- Fullback -- Michigan State; Charlie Mitchell -- Halfback -- Washington

Mike Names (#46) (1962 Bluebonnet Bowl).

The 1956 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets . . . Front Row ~ Left to Right: Jerry Nabors, Toppy Vann, Stan Flowers, Co-Captain Wade Mitchell, Co-Captain George Volkert, Johnny Menger, Jimmy Thompson, Paul Rottenberry and Ken Owens. . . Second Row ~ Left to Right: Doug Veasey, Ken Thrash, Dickie Mattison, Dick Gookin, Don Stephenson, Floyd Faucette, Paul Vickers, Don Ellis, Ted Smith and Jim Benson. . . Third Row ~ Left to Right: Jack Rudolph, Carl Vereen, Tommy Rose, Tim Singleton, Charlie Maynard, Johnny Thomason, Joe Delany, Philip Palm and John Lasch. . . Fourth Row ~ Left to Right: Tony Heywood, Waldo Dodd, Jimmy Johnson, Ramsey Mason, Bill McKinney, Larry Fonts, Buddy Pilgrim and Robert Stone. . . Fifth Row ~ Left to Right: Sim Fulcher, Eddie Colvard, Ray Mackley, Foster Wilkins, Leon Tye, Ronny Johnson, W.A. Glazier, Dave Ralston and Ted Thomas. . . Back Row ~ Left to Right: Lester Simmerville, Wesley Gibbs, Toby Deese, Allen Coker, Ormand Anderson, Don Miller, Frank Christy, Leon Askew and Urban Henry. Most Tech fans consider this the best Tech team of all time. They finished with a 10 - 1 record, losing only to Tennessee 6 - 0 and defeated Pittsburg 21 - 14 in the 1956 Gator Bowl.

The 1963 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Left to right - Front Row: ( All Seniors ) - Joel Auer, Billy Martin, Billy Lothridge, Ted Davis, Frank Sexton, Jimmy Barber, Ed Weirman, Bill Farrington, Joe Chapman, Ray Mendheim, John Matlock, and Doug Cooper. . . Second Row - Left to right : Johnny Gresham, George Morrie, Tommy Jackson, Hugh Watkins, Eddie Jordan, Bruce Fischer and Dave Austin. . . . Third Row - Left to Right: Johnny Nix, Graig Baynham, Bobby Cole, Tommy Bleick, Dave Sewell, Danny Faulk, Terry Haddock, Rudy Howell, Bill Curry, Bill Moorer, Bunky Henry, Jim Cavan, Tom Ballard, Bill Paschal and Brad Yates. . . Back Row - Left to Right: Burly McCoy, Forest Inglett, Larry Camp, Gary Burkholder, Charly Jordan, Jimmy Sudderth, Corky Rogers, Jim Trapne, Gary Bussell, Ed Varner, Jimmy Seward, Jeff Davis, Guy Williams, Steve Copeland and Jim Hawkins. Jeff Davis, number 33, was a Jefferson High School graduate in 1960.

Baylor QB Larry Isbell fights through the Georgia Tech defense in the 1952 Orange Bowl

Coach Bobby Dodd

Jim Mooty (1960 Gator Bowl January).

Gator Bowl ~ 1965

Gator - 1965

QB Steve Spurrier & FB Larry Smith of Florida v Georgia Tech - 1967 Orange Bowl.

Tom Bambrick, Trent Phipps & Walt Groth of Baylor v Hughes & McCloskey of Ga.Tech_1969

RB Doug McCutchen of Texas Tech_TD v Georgia Tech - 1970 Sun Bowl.

Rebold, Dyer, Molinare, Perkins & Watkins of Texas Tech v Foster of Georgia Tech - 1970 Sun.

Baylor v Georgia Tech_1952 Orange Bowl

Billy (William Lamar) Lothridge was a star high school football player at Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Ga. He was recruited to Georgia Tech by legendary coach Bobby Dodd. Billy's pal Bill Martin went with him to Tech. Both young men played all-American caliber football for the Jackets. Billy quarterbacked the 1962 team that upset undefeated, untied defending national champions Alabama coached by Bear Bryant starring Joe Namath and LeRoy Jordan. Billy was not only a great quarterback he was a fine punter and place kicker. Billy twice finished in the top 10 voting for the Hiesman, finishing 2nd to Roger Staubach of Navy in 1963. The only opponent Navy and Tech had in common that year was Duke. The Duke players voted to the man the best player they faced that year was Billy Lothridge. Billy went on to play pro football but he did not play quarterback in the pros as he only had one kidney, but he was one of the leading punters for nearly a decade, topping off his career by punting for the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. Billy died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 54. He was the best college football player this writer ever saw.

Coach Bobby Dodd in 1956 . . .His Yellow Jackets were second only to Tennessee in the Southeast Conference as the result of dropping a 6-0 squeaker to the Vols. Like former Dodd teams, they are without any glaring weaknesses. Offensively they run the belly series with great effect off-tackle, but watch Tech's "swift sweeps" on pitchouts to a bunch of speedy halfbacks. This team has bruising power up the middle as well as the speed to go wide. The downfield blocking is the best of any team in the South. The line is light, fast and quick-reacting. The backs are small but shifty. Tech has the wherewithal to pass but does not use it much since it is primarily a ground-attack team, well drilled in fundamentals. Defensively Tech went through 1956 allowing only 33 points in 10 games, the lowest of any major football team in the U.S.

Bobby Dodd remains one of college football's legendary figures as both a player and coach. A native of Galax, Virginia, he played college football at the University of Tennessee, gathering 24 wins, one loss and one tie as the starting quarterback from 1928-1930. He was named to the All-Southern team in 1928 and 1930, and after his last season, was named first team All-American. Dodd began his coaching career with Georgia Tech in the spring of 1931. He served 14 years as William A. Alexander's top assistant before replacing him in 1945 as Georgia Tech's third head coach. Over the next 22 years, Dodd led the Yellow Jackets to a stellar 165 wins, 64 losses and eight ties. His teams won nine of their 13 post-season bowl game appearances, and 22 of his players were honored as first team All-Americans.

Bobby Grier (born 1933) was the first African American football player to break the color barrier of the United States collegiate Sugar Bowl game, in 1956, which is held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Particularly in the deep South, the mid-1950s was a period of strident racial segregation for sports, as well as other areas of life. At the time, Grier's participation as a fullback and linebacker against a segregated all-white team on such a prestigious "stage" was a tremendously significant event.

50 ~ DON STEPHENSON, Center —The Key to Tech's defense in 1956. Often shot the gap. Dropped back well against hook passes.

I.D. Russell # 40 of SMU pursues Georgia Tech ball carrier - 1951.

George Volkert in 1956 . . . GEORGIA TECH TOPS S.M.U. ELEVEN, 20-7; Vann Tallies Three Times as Volkert Sets Up Markers With Strong Running . . . . ATLANTA, Oct. 1 (UP) -George Volkert and Toppy Vann led Georgia Tech to a 20 to 7 victory over Southern Methodist before 34,000 fans.

Leon Hardeman - Georgia Tech . . . Born in Ft. Payne, Alabama...Member of the 1952 Georgia Tech National Championship team...First-team All-SEC in 1952..All-SEC 1951 (AP-3rd team, UPI-2nd team) and 1953 (AP-2nd team, UPI-2nd team)...MVP of the 1953 Sugar Bowl...Scored 22 TDs and rushed for 1,794 yards (5.3 per carry) during Yellow Jacket career...Played on Orange and two Sugar Bowl championship teams...Member of the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame..."Leon was a terrific runner. He had strong thighs, strong legs, good judgment, was terrific in the big games. He didn't run around people. He ran through them. He and Frankie Sinckwich (Georgia's 1942 Heisman winner) ran through more tacklers than anyone I ever saw." Legendary Georgia Tech coach Bobby Dodd on Hardeman.

Pepper Rodgers played college football at Georgia Tech, where he was a member of the Yellow Jackets' 1952 national championship team as a backup quarterback and placekicker. He served as the head coach at the University of Kansas (1967–1970), University of California, Los Angeles (1971–1973), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (1974–1979), compiling a career college football record of 73–65–3.

Marvin Tibbetts (1960 Gator Bowl January).

Steve Spurrier (1967 Orange Bowl).

Larry C. Morris starred as an athlete and scholar at Georgia Tech. He lettered in football and baseball, was captain of both teams, and earned a degree in industrial management. He was all-conference in 1952 and 1953, All-America in 1953, and team captain in 1954. Morris, who stood 6-1, and weighed 205-pounds, played center all four years and has been named as linebacker on the All-Southeastern Conference 25-Year Team for 1950-74. He played pro football 1955-1966 with the Rams, Bears and Falcons. Morris operated insurance and land development companies in Atlanta and was active in community affairs. In 1980, the National Collegiate Athletic Association gave him one of its Silver Anniversary Awards. There are six of these each year, given to an athlete, 25 years after graduation, for a distinguished career record. In his four seasons at Georgia Tech, the team had a 40-5-2 record and played in the Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl (twice).

Ray Beck was born in Bowdon, Georgia and graduated from Cedartown High School. He played four years at Georgia Tech and had his best season his senior year in 1951, when the Yellow Jackets finished 11-0-1 including a 17-14 victory over Baylor in the Orange Bowl. He was named All-America by the Football Writers Association and the American Football Coaches Association, as well as Most Valuable Lineman in the Southeastern Conference. He missed the 1953-54 seasons due to military service during the Korean War.

Wade Mitchell of Georgia Tech in 1956 . . . Born on May 19, 1935 in Atlanta, Georgia… A solid quarterback for Bobby Dodd during Georgia Tech’s dominating run in the 1950s…During his four year (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956) collegiate football career, Tech fashioned a 37-7-2 record…The Yellow Jackets also won four consecutive bowl games (1954 Sugar, 1955 Cotton, 1956 Sugar, 1956 Gator)…Mitchell played in 43 career games, accounted for 1,352 yards of total offense, threw eight TDs and rushed for seven more…Also saw duty as Tech’s place kicker…As a defensive safety, Mitchell intercepted 13 passes, four of those as a freshman…Named the 1956 Gator Bowl MVP…Scored Tech’s second TD in the 1955 Cotton Bowl that secured the victory against Arkansas…Voted third team All-SEC in 1955-56…1955 Academic All-American…Georgia Tech Hall of Fame inductee…(High School: North Fulton, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952): Standout athlete at North Fulton High School in football, track, swimming and basketball… (Football): Team MVP in 1951 and 1952…Also named All-State and All-Region QB in 1951 and 1952…(Basketball): Lettered in 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953…Led North Fulton to the state title as team captain in 1953…Earned All-City and All-State honors in 1952 and 1953…Three-time team MVP (1951, 1952, 1953)…All-Region recipient four consecutive seasons (1950-1953).

Shawn Jones - Georgia Tech - 1990

Left to right, top to bottom: Randy White (94), defensive lineman, Maryland; Greg Collins (50), linebacker, Notre Dame; Mike Patrick (59), punter, Mississippi State; Mike Williams (29), defensive back, Louisiana State; Roger Stillwell (91), defensive lineman, Stanford; Charles Hall (79), defensive lineman, Tulane; Ken Bernich (53), linebacker, Auburn; Pat Donovan (83), defensive lineman, Stanford; Dave Brown (6), defensive back, Michigan; Rod Shoate (43), linebacker, Oklahoma; Robert Giblin (24), defensive back, Houston; Randy Rhino (23), defensive back, Georgia Tech.

Mike Hackney #47 of SMU v Georgia Tech 1958

New Orleans (AP) Tech is wearing its fourth Sugar crown at a jaunty angle today, caring little about the arguments over the touchdown in its 7-0 victory over Pittsburgh. Tech got two of its biggest breaks in its illustrious football history yesterday to whip Pitt, a stubborn team with power-laden running and dangerous passing that belied its role as a one or two-touchdown underdog.

Left to right, top to bottom: Curt Koch (95), defensive lineman, Colorado; Ken Norton (41), linebacker, UCLA; Greg Montgomery (23), punter, Michigan St.; Daniel Stubbs (96), defensive lineman, Miami; Chris Spielman (36), linebacker, Ohio St.; Deion Sanders (2), defensive back, Florida St.; Broderick Thomas (89), defensive lineman, Nebraska; Marcus Cotton (58), linebacker, USC; Clifford Charlton (56), linebacker, Florida; Riccardo Ingram (47), defensive back, Georgia Tech; Billy Owens (1) defensive back, Pitt; Kip Corrington (10), defensive back, Texas A&M; Bennie Blades (36), defensive back, Miami