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#79 William Lay III

William Lay III - Football - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Year R-Senior
Height 6-2
Weight 308
Hometown Bowersville, Ga.
Last School Hart County H.S.
Year RS Sophomore
William Lay III - Football - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Follow William on Instagram: @biglay23

2022 (Redshirt Senior): Saw action in nine games as a reserve offensive lineman – vs. Ole Miss (Sept. 17), at UCF (Sept. 24), at Pitt (Oct. 1), vs. Duke (Oct. 8), vs. Virginia (Oct. 20), at Florida State (Oct. 29), at Virginia Tech (Nov. 5), vs. Miami (Fla.) (Nov. 12), at North Carolina (Nov. 19).

2021 (Redshirt Junior): Returned to role that he assumed in 2019 as a versatile contributor and part-time starter to help Tech overcome a wide swath of injuries across the offensive front … Saw action in 10 games with five starts — three at left guard (Sept. 18 vs. No. 6 Clemson, Nov. 20 at No. 6 Notre Dame and Nov. 27 vs. No. 1 Georgia) and two at right guard (Oct. 23 at Virginia and Oct. 30 vs. Virginia Tech).

2020 (Redshirt Junior – “Covid Year” – year of eligibility retained): Saw action in three games as a reserve offensive lineman — Clemson (Oct. 17), Notre Dame (Oct. 31) and NC State (Dec. 5).

2019 (Redshirt Sophomore): Appeared in 10 games, including taking over as Georgia Tech’s starting center after multiple injuries to the offensive line … Earned recognition to the watch list for nation’s most outstanding walk-on student-athlete … Helped Georgia Tech run for 207 yards (its second-highest rushing total of the season) against a Miami (Fla.) team that then-ranked No. 7 nationally in rushing defense (77.7 rushing yards per contest) … During a three-game stretch from Oct. 19-Nov. 9, Tech faced the teams that ranked first (Pitt), fourth (Miami) and eighth (Virginia) nationally in sacks and the offensive front allowed just five total sacks in those three games, including none against Virginia … Helped Georgia Tech refuse to surrender a sack in two of the final four games … Earned a spot on official watch list for Burlsworth Trophy, which is presented annually to nation’s top walk-on.

2018 (Redshirt Freshman): Did not see game action.

2017 (True Freshman): Redshirted.

High School: Three-year letterwinner for coach William Devane at Hart County H.S. … Played every position across the offensive line … Earned all-region (8-3A) accolades as a junior and senior … Team captain as a senior … Selected to participate in FCA Athens Area All-Star Game … Honor roll student that was active in National Honor Society, Secretary of State Chamber of Ambassadors, Hart County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Leadership Hart … Lists most memorable non-athletic accomplishment as being on honor roll for 12-of-13 years from elementary school through high school.

Personal: Oldest of two siblings … Father, William II, played basketball at Piedmont College … William III started playing football at age eight … Majoring in mechanical engineering … Aspires for a career as a robotics engineer.

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