THE FLATS – Georgia Tech punter David Shanahan (Castleisland, County Kerry, Ireland/St. Patrick’s Secondary School) is on the final watch list for the 2023 Ray Guy Award, which honors college football’s top punter.
Shanahan is averaging a career-best 44.0 yards per punt this season, with an impressive 36.7% being downed inside the opponent’s 20 yard line (also a career high). Due largely to the Yellow Jackets’ offense ranking 14th nationally (465.3 ypg), Shanahan’s 30 punts do not qualify for the official NCAA or ACC statistical rankings, but if they did, his 44.0-yard average would rank fourth in the ACC and 32nd nationally.
A three-year starter, Shanahan is the latest in a long line of premier punters at Georgia Tech. His predecessor, current Pittsburgh Steelers punter Pressley Harvin III, won the 2020 Ray Guy Award. Two Tech punters have won the Ray Guy Award in the 23-year history of the award – Harvin and Durant Brooks (2007).
Shanahan and the Yellow Jackets (5-4, 4-2 ACC) return to action on Saturday when they visit Clemson. Kickoff is set for noon and the game will be televised nationally on ABC.
Following Saturday’s game at Clemson, the Jackets return home for the final two games of the regular season versus Syracuse (Nov. 18 – 8 p.m.) and archrival Georgia (Nov. 25). Tickets for both games are still available and can be purchased online by clicking HERE.
Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2
Looking to build on the success of last year’s Competitive Drive Initiative, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation and Georgia Tech athletics are partnering once again to launch Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2. CDI Turn 2 has a goal of raising $2.5 million in new gifts to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund by Dec. 31, and Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Foundation will match eligible gifts to accelerate the impact for Tech athletics. Like last year, not only will gifts to CDI Turn 2 be matched, but so will the contributor’s benefits in the way of A-T Fund giving levels and priority points. To learn more and contribute online, visit atfund.org/turn2.