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Duke Vs. Georgia Tech: Tanner to start against the Blue Devils

Georgia Tech is getting an unexpected lift from its kicker.


Chris Tanner has been waiting five years for his big opportunity. Now, the senior place kicker is finally receiving that chance.

Tanner came to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as a walk-on and 2008 and has played very sparingly since then. However, he's seen a much-increased role this year due to injuries sustained by David Scully and Justin Moore. Now, Tanner will have the job all to himself on Saturday in one of the most highly-anticipated games of the season against the Duke Blue Devils, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Tanner says that despite the lack of playing time he's had over his career, it never entered his mind to walk away from the game before he graduated. Per AJC:

"There’ve been a few times when I’ve been pretty frustrated (about not playing), but at the end of the day, I wanted to finish.

Head coach Paul Johnson appreciates the skill set that Tanner brings to the table, according to

"I felt like that he’s been one of the most consistent. Both of the other guys have got a stronger leg. He’s been consistent."

With a victory over Duke, the Yellow Jackets will become bowl-eligible this winter, something that seemed uncertain earlier.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.