Jeremiah Attaochu ranked as the nation's sixth-best defensive end
AT TECH: All-America defensive end who had hoped to return for a fifth year in 2003 after battling a kidney ailment (minimal change disorder) . . . Missed all but three games in 2002 and was granted a medical hardship for 2003, but was unable to play . . . Originally diagnosed in the summer of 2002 . . . Tried to play in Tech?s first three games of 2002 but his condition sapped his strength and stamina . . . Returned for spring practice in 2003 but did not participate in full contact drills. Two-time, first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection . . . Georgia Tech?s career leader in quarterback sacks (31) and tackles for loss (57) . . . Ranks sixth in ACC history in career sacks . . . Tied for 11th in Tech history in career tackles by a defensive lineman . . . Preseason all-ACC selection in 2003 by The Sporting News 2003 College Football Yearbook, Lindy?s College Football Annual and Athlon Sports magazine.
2001: Second-team all-America selection by Football News and The Sporting News . . . Earned first-team all-ACC honors for the second straight year . . . Led the ACC with 10 sacks . . . . Had 18 tackles for loss . . . Credited with 56 tackles and 31 quarterback hurries . . . Also had one pass breakup, one fumble recovery and four forced fumbles . . . Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording eight tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and two pressures against Duke . . . Season-high nine tackles against Clemson with four tackles for loss and two sacks . . . Also had two sacks against Navy . . . Six quarterback pressures against North Carolina.
2000: First-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, the only Tech defender named to the first team . . . Earned second-team all-America honors from Rivals.com . . . Second in the ACC and tied for third in the nation with 13 sacks . . . Also second in the league in tackles for loss . . . Had a total of 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus-105 yards . . . Also had an interception, a fumble return for a touchdown, six pass breakups and 17 quarterback pressures . . . Fifth on the team in tackles with 60.
Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Navy, when he returned a fumble six yards for a touchdown and also had a career-best 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack . . . Made a key interception in Tech?s win over North Carolina. With UNC leading 7-0 and facing a third-and-goal at the Tech 12-yard line, Gathers dropped back into coverage and picked off Ronald Curry?s pass and returned it 21 yards to the 25-yard line, leading to a Tech touchdown . . . Also had a sack, a caused fumble and a quarterback pressure against the Tar Heels, along with three tackles . . . Made nine tackles with two sacks and three tackles for loss in Tech?s win at fourth-ranked Clemson . . . Also had two sacks against NC State, Wake Forest and Duke . . . Broke up three passes in the Jackets? victory at Georgia.
1999: Started every game as a true freshman . . . Second-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News . . . Led the Jackets in sacks and tackles for loss . . . Collected seven sacks and 11 other tackles behind the line of scrimmage . . . Tech?s third-leading tackler with 71 . . . Collected a season-high nine tackles, two sacks and one tackle for loss in the season opener at Navy, when he also caused and recovered a fumble . . . Had one of his best games in Tech?s 31-24 overtime win over North Carolina with a sack for a seven-yard loss and then two other tackles for five yards in losses, helping the Tech defense force four consecutive three-and-outs to set the stage for the Jackets? comeback . . . On UNC?s final possession of regulation, after the Tar Heels got the ball at the Tech 10-yard line, Gathers was in on the fourth-down stop that allowed the Jackets to get the ball back with 1:10 left . . . Named ACC Rookie of the Week after Tech?s win over Maryland in which he had six tackles and four tackles for loss while helping Tech hold the Terrapins to 89 yards rushing.
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention all-America by USA Today . . . Tabbed the No. 49 prep prospect in Louisiana by SuperPrep in its postseason magazine . . . Rated the No. 16 defensive lineman in the SEC Region by Prep Star magazine in its postseason edition . . . A two-time all-state defensive lineman . . . Also a two-time all-district and all-metro selection . . . 1998 District 6-A Defensive Player of the Year . . . Collected 20 sacks as a senior and 42 in his career . . . Made 79 tackles . . . Set a school record with five sacks in a single game . . . Played for coach Ronnie Stephens of East St. John?s High School . . . Lettered four times infootball, three times in basketball and twice in track.
PERSONAL: Full name is Gregory Alexander Gathers . . . Parents are Richard and Janice Gathers . . . Born Aug. 26, 1981 in Oklahoma City, Okla. . . . Majoring in Management . . . Earned his degree in May 2004.
GAME BY GAME STATISTICS 2002 P-A-T TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR Vandy? 1-3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 UConn? 3-0-3 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 Clemson? 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0