Notre Dame’s loss will now be Georgia Tech’s gain. Derrik Allen, a Class of 2018 addition to the Fighting Irish, is heading to Georgia Tech. Allen announced his transfer decision with a statement posted on Twitter on Monday afternoon, just days after news of a possible transfer was originally reported.
“Sincere thank you to Coach [Brian Kelly] and ND Football for giving me a chance to pursue my dreams,” Allen wrote. “For personal reasons, I have made the very tough decision to transfer. My family and I prayed on this and asked God to order my steps and it became very clear, no matter how far you go, or how long you stay, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME! I am committed to Georgia Tech.”
As indicated by the statement, a decision to move from Notre Dame to Georgia Tech brings Allen closer to his home. Allen is from Marietta, which is much closer to Georgia Tech’s campus in Atlanta than South Bend, Indiana, of course. And for Georgia Tech, it is another solid addition to the program for new head coach Geoff Collins, who continues to generate a renewed buzz about the Yellow Jacket program.
Allen was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2018 and he was ranked as the No. 9 safety in the nation, and the No. 14 player from the state of Georgia. Collins injecting some solid additions to the roster with Georgia roots is a wise strategy to taking the program to new levels.
Allen will have to sit out the 2019 season as an FBS transfer. He already used the 2018 season as a redshirt year, so Allen will have three years of eligibility remaining at Georgia Tech beginning in 2020, barring any unforeseen changes with regard to immediate eligibility from the NCAA this close to the start of the 2019 season.
As it just so happens, Allen will presumably get a chance to face his now-former Irish teammates in 2020. Georgia Tech is scheduled to play Notre Dame on Nov. 14, 2020 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Georgia Tech will also travel to Notre Dame in 2021.
The 12th Man is a big, big deal at Texas A&M. In fact, it’s pretty much the brand of not just the football program, but the entire athletics department. Case in point, A&M’s athletics department website is 12thman.com.
For the uninitiated, in 1922 the Aggies found themselves short of players in a football game against Center College, the No. 1 team in the country at the time, after multiple players sustained injuries over the course of the game. Down to just 11 players, A&M student E. King Gill volunteered to suit up and stand on the sidelines in case the team needed him. Gill now has a statue outside of Kyle Field, and A&M’s student section is collectively referred to as the 12th Man.
As such, it’s a tremendous honor for an active Aggie player to be awarded the No. 12 and, after fullback Cullen Gillaspia donned the jersey for a record-tying 39 games, it’s time to hand it off to a new player.
On Tuesday, Jimbo Fisher awarded the No. 12 jersey to Braden White, a walk-on linebacker from Florence, Ala.
“I’m honored just to be able to represent this great university and everything about it,” White said. “It’s a true blessing.”
White is a redshirt junior who has checked all the boxes of a player who checks all the 12th Man boxes. He was named Defensive Scout Team MVP during his redshirt year of 2016 and was honored as the Top Conditioned Athlete at the Aggies’ 2018 team banquet. He has appeared in 18 career games, recording 16 career tackles playing primarily as a special teams contributor.
White will wear No. 12 for the first time next when Texas A&M — ranked, ironically, No. 12 in the preseason AP poll — hosts Texas State next Thursday night (8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network).
Until they tell us otherwise, Connecticut is going to try to make it as an FBS independent. This upcoming season will be the Huskies’ final one as a member of the American Athletic Conference, as the Huskies’ Olympic sports will return to the Big East and the football team will go it alone.
This will require lots (and lots and lots) of scheduling work, and quickly. As of now, the Huskies have four games on the schedule for a season that begins 12 months from now.
While it does nothing to help the 2020 slate, UConn began chipping away at the mountain in front of it on Wednesday by announcing a home-and-home with Boston College. The first game will be Oct. 29, 2022 in Storrs, with the return game going down Oct. 28, 2023 in Chestnut Hill.
The two programs have met 14 times previously; BC leads the series 12-0-2. The Eagles took the most recent meeting 39-16 in 2017.
Additionally, BC announced a 2023-28 home-and-home with Army and a Sept. 9, 2023 home game with Holy Cross.
Penn State safety Johnny Petrishen has left State College for Pittsburgh, where he is now a Panther.
Petrishen announced the transfer on Tuesday evening, and Pitt confirmed his addition on Wednesday morning.
Petrishen has two years of eligibility remaining thanks — if you want to use that term — to two medical redshirts.
A Lower Burrell, Pa., native, Petrishen appeared in 17 career games as a Nittany Lion, including all 13 last season. Primarily a special teams player, he posted eight career tackles and one TFL in State College.
Hugh Freeze may be dealing with what was a significant health issue, but he’s still working his first-year roster at Liberty.
On his personal Twitter account Tuesday evening, Tim Kidd-Glass announced that he “would like to thank God for allowing me to have another opportunity to further my football career… at Liberty University.” The announcement comes a couple of weeks after the safety triggered a move from North Carolina State by entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.
As a graduate transfer, Kidd-Glass will be eligible to play for the Flames in 2019.
The past three seasons, the Virginia native played in 33 games for the Wolfpack. He started nine of those contests, all of which came during the 2017 season.