Posted: 10:14 am Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
By Ken Sugiura
Georgia Tech freshman offensive lineman Jake Stickler won’t have to look far to find the teammates he’ll be spending a lot of time with over the next four or five years. Marshall’s roommates for his freshman year are fellow offensive linemen Trey Klock, Andrew Marshall and Jake Whitley.
In the weeks leading up to their report date, Tuesday, the four had been communicating via group text message to make sure their abode would be sufficiently furnished.
“I’ve got the vacuum cleaner, the coffee maker, the toaster, pots and pans, and I think that’s it,” said Stickler, from Bradenton, Fla.
With those details covered, Stickler can concern himself with more critical matters, like proving himself to his classmates and teammates and hopefully earning playing time.
“I know there’s a lot of competition, but I’m just going to go up there and do my best every single day and play for a position,” he said. “I’ll do all I can to play. If I get to play, that’s awesome. I did a great job. If not, I understand. I’ll work harder the next year.”
Stickler, who played tackle and tight end in high school, said that offensive line coach Mike Sewak told him that he’ll likely be at tackle, though it was not completely determined.
Stickler is presumably the most musically oriented member of the team. He played viola in his school orchestra for seven years, and can also play violin, cello, guitar and ukulele.
Stickler, 6-foot-5 and 263 pounds, will have an opportunity to play this season, as there isn’t much experienced depth on the line.
Said Stickler, “I’m going to play as hard as I can and do my job to the best of my ability.”
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The third in a series of updates on Tech’s incoming freshman class.