Georgia Tech is getting a second-straight chance to win the Sun Bowl, but cornerback Louis Young is getting his first. Young was suspended for the Yellow Jackets' Sun Bowl loss to Utah last year, but he's with the team as they prepare for USC this year.
As Ken Sugira of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes, Young is looking to start fresh after a disappointing year all around that also saw injury and poor play on top of the NCAA suspension. He hopes to help the Yellow Jackets (6-7) finish a disappointing year on a high note:
"I guess it's just fate," Young said. "I guess it's bittersweet thinking about last year, but the good thing about it is I feel like, just me being here this year, I can contribute in a major way and help us get that win."
Young's suspension came from selling his Georgia tickets in 2011 to a friend. He was also held out of the season opener against Virginia Tech. He's battled both a thumb and a shoulder injury while trying to stay on the field. Secondary coach Charles Kelly attributes his poor play on the field to struggles that began off of it:
"You get in structure, it seems like things fall in line," Kelly said. "When something happens like this, it kind of gets you out of your schedule."
Georgia Tech and USC meet in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.