Friday, August 1, 2008

For some at Georgia Tech, the Road To Tampa Bay ends back home…

Tampa Jesuit alums and former Hillsborough County All-Stars Andrew Smith, A.J. Smith, Michael Peterson, Anthony Allen, and Phil Smith will help push their team while on their journey back home to Tampa, Florida, the site of the 2008 ACC Football Championship. This is the last chance at a championship for Andrew and A.J. (no relation) who enter their senior seasons. Both played in the Yellow Jackets 2006 championship appearance against Wake Forest.

And The Road To Tampa Bay has been longer for some than others. After being awarded two varsity letters in high school, Andrew Smith, entered the Georgia Tech program as a walk-on before his hard work earned him a scholarship. Injuries held back Andrew’s 2006 season, but in 2007 he saw action in 11 games. Smith will be looked upon this season to be the veteran leader among a young group of receivers for the Yellow Jackets, and could see some time on special teams as punt returner and an “A-back” in coach Paul Johnson’s new triple option offense. Andrew also has been named on the ACC Academic Honor Roll four times and will graduate with honors in December.

Wide receiver was also the position played by Smith’s father, Barry Smith, who played collegiate football at Florida State before playing four NFL seasons for Green Bay and Tampa Bay and now serves on the board of directors for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.

Stay tuned to follow all teams as they journey down the road to Tampa Bay.

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