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Jonathan Dwyer
Jonathan  Dwyer
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Kell

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 235

Position:
B-back

Birthdate:
07/26/1989


08/28/2008

Yellow Jackets Wreck Gamecocks, 41-14

Georgia Tech opens 2008 season with a romp over Jacksonville State

Honors
* 2008 ACC Player of the Year

* 2008 ACC Player of the Year (Rivals)

* 2008 ACC Player of the Year (ACC Sports Journal)

* 2008 ACC Offensive Player of the Year

* 2008 ACC Offensive Player of the Year (Sporting News)

* 2008 ACC Offensive Player of the Year (ACC Sports Journal)

* 2008 First Team All-ACC

* 2008 First Team All-ACC (Rivals)

* 2008 First Team All-ACC (ACC Sports Journal)

* 2008 First Team All-America (Pro Football Weekly)

* 2008 Honorable Mention All-America (Sports Illustrated)

* 2008 ACC co-Offensive Back of the Week (Nov. 24)

* 2008 ACC Player of the Week (Rivals/Sept. 9)

* 2008 Midseason All-ACC First Team (Phil Steele)

* 2008 Doak Walker Award Watch List

* 2007 ACC All-Freshman Team (Sporting News)

* 2007 ACC Rookie of the Week (Sept. 9)

In The Record Books
* 1st -- Longest rush from scrimmage (88 yards vs. Mississippi State, 2008)

* t-1st -- Season 100-yard rushing games (2008)

* 2nd -- Season all-purpose yards (2008)

* 4th -- Season rushing yards (2008)

* 5th -- Freshman Single-Game rushing yards (138 vs. Samford, Sept. 8, 2007)

* t-5th -- Season rushing touchdowns (2008)

* 7th -- Season rushing yards per game (2008)

* t-7th -- Career 100-yard rushing games

* t-7th -- Career rushing touchdowns

* 10th -- Career rushing yards

* 17th -- Career all-purpose yards

2008
Emerged as one of the nation's top running backs as a sophomore... the ACC Player of the Year -- just the third Yellow Jacket to earn the honor, joining Calvin Johnson and Joe Hamilton -- and a unanimous selection for the All-ACC team... led the ACC and ranked 17th nationally in rushing (107.3 ypg) overall and in league games only (113.0 ypg)... gives Tech the ACC rushing champion for the third straight year... the only player in the ACC to average more than 100 yards rushing... rushed for 1,395 yards this season -- the 4th-most single-season yards in Georgia Tech history... his rushing average (107.3) was the seventh-best in school history... rushed for 100 yards in a game nine times, tying the school record... his 1,831 career rushing yards ranks 10th in Tech history... Clemson's C.J. Spiller is the only returning player in the ACC with more career yards... has 10 career 100-yard rushing games... rushed for 100 yards in each of the final four games of the regular season... his 1,775 all-purpose yards in 2008 were the second-most in Tech history... has 21 career rushing touchdowns (22 touchdowns total)... had eight pass receptions for 209 yards... was also used at times as a kick returner... had a career-high three receptions for 66 yards to go with 67 yards rushing vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31)... had 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts at Georgia (Nov. 29)... his 60-yard TD run on the first play of the second half at Georgia ignited a 26-point third quarter for the Jackets... rushed 10 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns (TD runs of 58 and six yards) vs. No. 23 Miami (Nov. 20)... that performance earned him ACC co-Offensive Back of the Week... didn't play the second half of the Miami game because of a bruised knee... rushed 22 times for 157 yards and one touchdown at 19th-ranked North Carolina (Nov. 8)... had an 85-yard run for a touchdown -- the fourth-longest run in school history -- against the Tar Heels... erupted for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries vs. Florida State (Nov. 1)... had touchdown runs of 36 and 66 yards vs. the Seminoles... broke loose for 109 yards on 21 carries and had three kickoff returns in a key road win at Clemson (Oct. 18)... had Tech's only touchdown on a 79-yard pass from Calvin Booker vs. Gardner-Webb (Oct. 11)... the 79-yard pass was the 12th-longest pass play in Tech history... rushed for a career-high 159 yards on 23 carries (6.9 yards per attempt) vs. Duke (Oct. 4)... rushed for 141 yards and one touchdown on nine carries vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 20)... his 88-yard touchdown run against the Bulldogs was the longest run from scrimmage in Georgia Tech history... rushed for 108 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries at Boston College (Sept. 6)... his 43-yard touchdown scamper mid-way through the fourth quarter proved to be the winning margin against the Eagles... also returned three kickoffs for 97 yards including a career-long of 52 yards... rushed for 112 yards on just 11 carries (10.2 ypa) in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State (Aug. 28)... rushed for two touchdowns against the Gamecocks... a gifted ball carrier who emerged as the back-up to Tashard Choice at running back in 2007 as a true freshman... a bulky, strong runner with deceptive speed.

2007
Played in all 13 games... Tech's second-leading rusher as a true freshman... averaged 5.3 yards per carry... ranked second on the team with nine touchdowns -- all by rushing... ranked third on the team in scoring (54 points)... averaged one touchdown every 9.1 carries... caught two passes on the season for 17 yards... averaged 21.9 yards on 14 kickoff returns and ranked among the ACC leaders for much of the season... scored a TD in his first career game -- in South Bend against Notre Dame -- and rushed for 27 yards... erupted for 138 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just nine carries vs. Samford (Sept. 8)... also had first career kick return that went for 32 yards... Tashard Choice also rushed for 100 yards vs. Samford giving Tech two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since 2003... Dwyer's 138 yards were the fifth-most by a freshman in Yellow Jacket history... scored his fifth career TD in just his third game and also caught one pass for nine yards vs. Boston College (Sept. 15)... had three kickoff returns for 81 yards against the nationally-ranked Eagles... replaced an ailing Choice midway through the Virginia game (Sept. 22), rushed 15 times for 75 yards and one TD... had two kickoff returns for 50 yards against the Cavaliers... scored six touchdowns in his first four career games... had two kickoff returns for 51 yards in the Orange Bowl vs. Miami (Oct. 13)... rushed for his seventh touchdown vs. Army (Oct. 20)... saw considerable action on national television vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 1) rushing 10 times for 68 yards... had 12 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns in the Humanitarian Bowl against Fresno State.

High School
One of the nation's top running backs . . . Rated among the top prospects in Georgia in every ranking. . . First-team all-state selection and the Class AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year by the AJC . . . Honorable mention all-state selection as a junior . . . Rushed for 1,802 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior, when he had five games with over 200 yards, including a career-best 307 versus Centennial . . . Also had 23 receptions for 220 yards and three touchdowns . . . Scored a total of 25 touchdowns including a 99-yard kickoff return for a score . . . Added 1,863 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns as a junior, when he also had 22 catches for 202 yards and two touchdowns . . . Set Cobb County records with 5,565 career rushing yards and 71 touchdowns scored . . . Finished second in the state in the Class AAAAA 100 meters as a junior . . . Coached by Irvin Sigler at Kell High.

  • Parade All-American (one of just two selected from the state of Georgia)
  • No. 5 overall prospect in Georgia (Scout.com)
  • No. 8 overall prospect in Georgia (Rivals.com)
  • Scout.com national Hot 100, the PrepStar 100 and the Rivals 250
  • No. 10 running back in the nation (Rivals.com)
  • No. 14 running back in the nation (SuperPrep)
  • Super Southern 100 pick by the Atlanta Journal Consitution
  • Top 50 in Georgia honoree by the Macon Telegraph
  • Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120
  • Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team

    Personal
    Full name is Jonathan Avery Dwyer ... Parents are Tony and Keely Dwyer ... Born July 26, 1989 ... Majoring in management.

    Career Statistics (Rushing and Receiving)
    Year GP-GS Rush Yds Avg TD LP Rec Yds Avg TD LP
    2007 13-0 82 436 5.3 9 65 2 17 8.5 0 9
    2008 13-13 200 1395 7.0 12 88 8 209 26.1 1 79
    Career 26-13 282 1831 6.5 21 88 10 226 22.6 1 79

    Career Statistics (Kick Returns)
    Year Att Yds Avg TD LP APY
    2007 14 306 21.9 0 35 759
    2008 8 171 21.4 0 52 1775
    Career 22 477 21.7 0 52 2534