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King Named ACC Defensive Back of The Week

THE FLATS – After intercepting two passes in Georgia Tech’s 30-16 win at Wake Forest on Saturday night, redshirt senior defensive back Jaylon King (La Vergne, Tenn./Ensworth H.S.) has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference co-Defensive Back of the Week, the ACC announced on Monday.

King’s interceptions both came at big moments in the Yellow Jackets’ impressive road win at Wake. The first came as Wake Forest was threatening to cross midfield in the second quarter and played a big factor in the Jackets extending a 14-3 lead to 20-3 at the halftime break. His second came deep in Georgia Tech territory in the game’s waning seconds, putting the finishing touches on the 30-16 triumph.

King also had five tackles and broke up a pass for Georgia Tech, which forced a total of five turnovers as a team in the victory.

VIDEO: Defensive highlights vs. Wake Forest (ACC Digital Network)

It was the first two-interception game for a Yellow Jacket since linebacker Charlie Thomas picked off a pair of passes against Kennesaw State on Sept. 11, 2021 and the first against an NCAA Division I FBS opponent since A.J. Gray had two INTs on Sept. 30, 2017.

For the season, King’s two interceptions are tied for fourth in the ACC and 21st nationally. He is one of only six ACC players with multiple interceptions this season, and one of only three to pick off a pair of passes in the same game. The ACC recognition is the first of his career.

King and the Yellow Jackets return home to host Bowling Green this Saturday (Sept. 30) at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Hyundai Field. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on ACC Network. Tickets are still available – click HERE to purchase online.

Be sure to arrive on The Flats early for Saturday’s game, as Helluva Block Party Driven by Hyundai will feature a pregame concert by multi-platinum country songwriter and artist Chris Janson. Click HERE for more information on Helluva Block Party.

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