Updated Tech roster includes swapped jersey numbers

In wearing jersey No. 1, A-back Qua Searcy follows, in recent Georgia Tech history, Reggie Ball, Morgan Burnett and Isaiah Johnson. (GT Athletics/DANNY KARNIK)

In wearing jersey No. 1, A-back Qua Searcy follows, in recent Georgia Tech history, Reggie Ball, Morgan Burnett and Isaiah Johnson. (GT Athletics/DANNY KARNIK)

At long last – a winner in the derby for jersey No. 1 has been declared. A-back Qua Searcy will wear No. 1 for Georgia Tech this fall, donning the eye-catching single-digit jersey worn for the past five years by safety Isaiah Johnson.

It is a feather in Searcy’s cap, as coach Paul Johnson typically awards sought-after jersey numbers based on players’ performance in the spring. (One of the highlights of my spring was Johnson telling me that teammates gave him the “stink face” after he decided to redshirt the 2013 season, thus allowing him to hold onto the coveted No. 1 for one more season.)

It was among the notable jersey number assignments released by the team last week in an update of the roster on the Tech website (if you consider jersey number assignments “notable”). Others – graduate transfer Patrick Skov will wear No. 7 (worn last season by B.J. Bostic). He wore No. 24 at Stanford, but that is taken by B-back Marcus Allen.

A-back Isiah Willis has shed his No. 45 for No. 3. (GT Athletics/DANNY KARNIK)

A-back Isiah Willis has shed his No. 45 for No. 3. (GT Athletics/DANNY KARNIK)

Also, freshman linebacker Victor Alexander has been given No. 9, worn last year by A-back Tony Zenon.

It should be noted that jersey number assignments remain subject to change.

An earlier version of the post included two factual errors. The most recent linebacker to wear a single-digit jersey prior to Alexander is Anthony Harrell, who wears No. 2. Also, A-back J.J. Green wore No. 46 in spring practice.

Numbers for scholarship freshmen, Skov and players who have changed numbers since last season:

No. Name Fr./Former No. Previously worn by
1 AB Qua Searcy 82 Isaiah Johnson
3 AB Isiah Willis 45 Dennis Andrews
7 BB Patrick Skov Transfer B.J. Bostic
 9  LB Victor Alexander  Fr.  Tony Zenon
10 QB Christian Campbell Fr. Synjyn Days
15 S A.J. Gray Fr. DeAndre Smelter
16 AB TaQuon Marshall Fr. Corey Dennis
21 DB Zach Allen 26 Duplicate number
21 BB Quaide Weimerskirch Fr. Charles Perkins
26 CB Dante Wigley Fr. Zach Allen
31 AB Nate Cottrell Fr. Deon Hill
34 BB Marcus Marshall Fr. Matt Connors
36 AB Omahri Jarrett Fr. Duplicate number
37 BB Mikell Lands-Davis Fr. Zach Laskey
38 AB Roberto Hinojosa 98 Sam McNearney
38 WR/DB Dorian Walker Fr. Sam McNearney
39 LB David Curry Fr. Chaz Cheeks
43 LB Tyler Cooksey Fr. Kyle Travis
45 CB Meiko Dotson Fr. Isiah Willis
46 AB J.J. Green 9 Tremayne McNair
51 LB Brant Mitchell Fr. Andrew Chau
54 DT Kyle Cerge-Henderson Fr. Quayshawn Nealy
59 DL Scott Morgan Fr. Duplicate number
60 OL Brad Morgan Fr. Kyle Stallard
70 OL Will Bryan Fr. Shaquille Mason
82 WR Christian Philpott Fr. Qua Searcy
83 WR Brad Stewart Fr. Matt Serpico
88 WR Harland Howell Fr. Darren Waller
94 DE Anree Saint-Amour Fr. Adrian Gardner
97 DL Brentavious Glanton Fr. Shawn Green
98 DL Trent Sellers Fr. Roberto Hinojosa

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