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Georgia notebook: Flowery Branch star takes in rivalry game

POSTED: November 29, 2007 5:04 a.m.

Flowery Branch High senior quarterback Jaybo Shaw was on hand at Saturday’s game on an official visit to see the Yellow Jackets play. Shaw, who is verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State, has scholarship offers from MTSU and Air Force. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior is the eight-ranked dual threat quarterback in the country, according to Rivals.com.

Shaw also visited Georgia Tech for its Elite 11 camp prior to his senior season.

He recently finished his high school career with more than 9,000 yards of total offense. He’s also been the Times’ 2006 Area Player of the Year and a back-to-back Times Elite 11 selection and led Flowery Branch to the state playoffs three consecutive seasons.

Those are the breaks

Georgia dodged a special teams disaster in the first quarter. Georgia Tech’s punt by Durant Brooks was bobbled by Mikey Henderson at the 2, and rolled into the end zone. Luckily, for Henderson, Georgia managed to recover the football in the end zone avoiding a safety, or even worse, a Yellow Jacket touchdown.

Brooks, a senior, is a weapon for the Yellow Jackets on special teams and is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award and is an All-American candidate. He was also named the ACC specialist of the week in last week’s win against North Carolina. In his career, Brooks has 46 punts for more than 50 yards and 11 that traveled 60 yards or more. He’s the all-time punting leader in ACC history with an average of 45.44 yards over the past two seasons.

Bull rush

Georgia’s sophomore quarterback Matthew Stafford was hampered early thanks in large part to a strong rush by the Yellow Jackets.

Yellow Jackets senior linebacker Gary Guyton led the way early with a sack on the game’s first drive and a quarterback pressure late in the first quarter.

Guyton is having the best season of his career as a four-year contributor to the Yellow Jackets. Entering Saturday’s game, he led Georgia Tech with 70 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss.

Guyton had the best game of his career in Georgia Tech’s win against North Carolina on Nov. 17 with eight solo tackles, three tackles-for-a loss and two sacks.

Going bowling

Georgia and Georgia Tech have each extended their tradition of qualifying for postseason bowls. The Bulldogs are sixth in the country, playing in 42 bowl games. The Yellow Jackets aren’t far behind with 35 bowl game appearances, and tied for 12th in the NCAA with Arkansas and Florida State.

Georgia and Georgia Tech have each played in 10 consecutive bowl games.

The Bulldogs have the edge in bowl game victories with 23 wins, one more than Georgia Tech.



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