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Howard Jr., Mason on Doak Walker Award Watch List

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech football’s Jerry Howard Jr. and Jordan Mason are among 71 running backs on the official preseason watch list for the 2019 Doak Walker Award, the SMU Athletic Forum announced on Wednesday. The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to college football’s top running back.

Howard Jr. and Mason combined to start 12 of Georgia Tech’s 13 games at running back in 2018, with Howard making seven starts and Mason making five. The duo rushed for 1,223 yards and 12 touchdowns between them last season – 659 yards (6.1 avg.) and seven touchdowns for Mason and 564 yards (5.3 avg.) and five scores for Howard Jr.

Georgia Tech is one of only eight teams nationally with multiple student-athletes on the 2019 Doak Walker Award watch list, joining Arkansas, Duke, Louisiana-Lafayette, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Oregon and Tulsa.

Both Howard Jr. and Mason are entering their third year at Georgia Tech and first season under new head coach Geoff Collins, offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude and running backs coach Tashard Choice, a soon-to-be Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Famer and one of six finalists for FootballScoop’s 2018 Running Backs Coach of the Year Award last season at North Texas.

Thanks to the excitement surrounding Collins and the great value of 2019 season tickets (reserved seats for seven home games – including the regular-season finale vs. archrival Georgia – beginning at $219 and Stinger Mobile Passes starting at just $149), Georgia Tech has already sold more season tickets than it did for all of 2018. For more information and to purchase season tickets online, visit ramblinwreck.com/footballtickets.

ACC Network – Coming Aug. 22

The ACC Network is a linear and digital platform dedicated to 24/7 coverage of ACC sports. It will exclusively televise approximately 450 live events each year, including approximately 40 football games (beginning with Georgia Tech’s 2019 season opener at Clemson on Aug. 29), as well as 150 men’s and women’s basketball contests.

Don’t get shut out! For more information and to learn if your cable/satellite/digital provider is committed to carrying the ACC Network, visit GetACCN.com. Georgia Tech fans whose cable/satellite/digital providers aren’t already committed to carrying the ACC Network are urged to contact their providers and ask for the ACC Network to be a part of their subscription.

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