Georgia Tech has lost two straight games, and now the Yellow Jackets have lost another linebacker. Beau Hankins, on his Twitter profile this morning, announced he is parting ways with the program, although Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech have yet to confirm this roster change.
As his Twitter statement says, Hankins anticipates graduating from Georgia Tech and intends to continue playing football elsewhere. Georgia Tech previously lost Anthony Harrell to a transfer, to Florida. The loss of Hankins means Georgia Tech now must solidify Tyler Marcordes as the starting middle linebacker for the rest of the season. Marcordes is third on the team in total tackles so far this season, with 16.
On Friday night Georgia Tech announced senior linebacker Anthony Harrell had been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Not long after that, Harrell had an announcement of his own. He’s transferring out of Georgia Tech.
As is typically the case, there are two sides of the story. On the one side, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson says Harrell was suspended for a violation of team rules. On the other, Harrell says he was not suspended and his decision to transfer to Florida was on his own terms.
“These past four years at Georgia Tech have been amazing. It is with a sad heart that I announce that I am leaving Georgia Tech and my Yellow Jacket football team,” Harrell said on his Twitter account. “I have been accepted to the University of Florida’s Masters Degree Program. My family and I have decided that it would be better for my future and where I want to fo in life and that I will be attending and playing my 5th year of football at the University of Florida.”
As a graduate transfer, Harrell will be eligible to play right away this fall in Gainesville. Last season saw Harrell appear in 13 games for Georgia Tech, in which he accumulated 19 tackles (14 solo tackles). Harrell never saw a major role in Georgia Tech’s defense, but he might have a chance to compete for a starting job alongside last year’s leading tackler Antonio Morrison. The Gators lost two senior linebackers from last season and have some depth to fill.