THE FLATS – Georgia Tech wide receiver Eric Singleton Jr. (Douglasville, Ga./Alexander H.S.) and offensive lineman Ethan Mackenny (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter H.S.) are among the 22 players on On3’s 2023 true freshman all-America team, which was announced on Thursday.
Singleton Jr. and Mackenny are the only teammates on the offensive side of On3’s true freshman all-America team and Georgia Tech is one of only four programs with multiple representatives on the full 22-player team, joining Clemson, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M.
Singleton Jr. leads all freshmen nationally (true or redshirt) with 64.2 receiving yards per game and ranks second among true freshmen nationally with six touchdown receptions. His 706 receiving yards and six touchdown catches both rank among the top 10 overall in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while his six TD receptions are just one shy of the Georgia Tech freshman record of seven, held by Calvin Johnson (2004) and Ahmarean Brown (2019). He finished second in voting for ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year and third in balloting for the conference’s overall Rookie of the Year.
Mackenny appeared in 10 games and made nine starts at the critical position of left tackle as a true freshman. He helped anchor an offensive front that paved the way for the Yellow Jackets to lead the ACC in rushing offense (197.1 ypg – 16th nationally) and rank second in the conference in fewest sacks allowed (1.25 pg – 20th nationally).
Singleton Jr. and Mackenny helped contribute to Georgia Tech putting together a 6-6 overall record, collecting two wins over nationally ranked opponents and earning its first bowl berth since 2018. With a 5-3 conference record, the Yellow Jackets finished in a tie for fourth in the final ACC standings after being picked to finish 12th in the 14-team league in conference’s preseason poll.
Singleton Jr., Mackenny and the Yellow Jackets are awaiting the announcement of their bowl destination and opponent, which will be made on Sunday. For full information on bowl tickets and to sign up for priority access to tickets when they become available, visit ramblinwreck.com/bowl.
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.