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Georgia Tech Vs. North Carolina: Senior walk-on stabilizes kicking game for Yellow Jackets

Chris Tanner has been on Georgia Tech's sidelines for four years, and he finally got his chance Saturday.

Rob Carr

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets got 11 points from kicker Chris Tanner on Saturday—one field goal and eight extra points—in a 68-50 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Tanner is a senior walk-on who hadn't kicked a field goal since he was in high school in 2007 and hadn't kicked an extra point since 2009, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Doug Roberson.

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson told Tanner he'd be handling kicking duties earlier in the week, Roberson reported. From the AJC:

"The past couple of days I've just been like, ‘I can do this,'" he said.

Tanner's made field goal came from 35 yards and was made from the middle of the field.

According to Roberson, Saturday's game was the first since a Sept. 29 loss to the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders that Georgia Tech had not missed at least one kick. The Yellow Jackets are now 6 of 12 on field goals this season and 47 of 50 on point-after attempts.

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