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George Godsey
George Godsey

Hometown:
Tampa, Fla

High School:
Jesuit

Last College:
Georgia Tech

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 205

Position:
Quarterback



AT TECH: All-Atlantic Coast Conference and Academic All-ACC signal caller whose two years as a starter were two of the most productive seasons in Georgia Tech history . . . Set the school record for career completion percentage (.633) . . . Career pass efficiency rating of 143.64 is the second best figure in Tech history, behind only Joe Hamilton, and is the fifth best mark in ACC annals . . . Ranks third in Tech history in virtually every other quarterback category, behind only Hamilton and Shawn Jones, both four-year starters . . . Stands third in career passing yards (6,137), touchdown passes (41), completions (484), total offense (6,125), and TDR (47) . . . Finished his career in the Top 20 in ACC history in career passing yards (15th) and total offense (19th) . . . Over the last two seasons, he completed 68 percent of his passes in the fourth quarter (103-152, 1,273 yds, 13 TD) . . . In 23 games as a starter, he had 41 touchdown passes and six touchdowns rushing . . . Posted a record of 17-8 as a starter, including two bowl games.

Elected one of Tech's permanent team captains for 2001 . . . Participated in the East-West Shrine Game in Palo Alto, Calif. and the Rotary Gridiron Classic in Orlando, Fla., following his senior season . . . Recovered from off-season knee surgery after injuring his knee in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl . . . Tore the ACL in his left knee when he was sacked late in the game . . . Underwent surgery on Jan. 11 and missed spring practice . . . Won the starting job in spring practice in 2000, edging Andy Hall, and continued to distance himself in the preseason . . . Spent the previous two years as the backup to Joe Hamilton, during which time he threw a total of 32 passes.

2001: Honorable mention all-ACC quarterback and the league's leading passer with 257.1 yards per game . . . Set Tech season records with 3,085 yards passing and 249 completions . . . Completed 64.8 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns passing and four touchdowns rushing . . . Earned honorable mention all-ACC honors from the Atlantic Coast Sportswriters Association, the officially recognized all-conference team, and was a first-team all-ACC selection by Football News . . . Selected Tech's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year . . . Named to the 2001 ACC All-Academic football team.

Capped his career by earning Most Valuable Player honors in the 2001 Seattle Bowl as he led Tech to a 24-14 victory over 11th-ranked Stanford . . . Completed 23 of 37 passes for 266 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Campbell . . . Directed first-half touchdown drives of 97 and 81 yards, as well as the game-deciding 63-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

Set Georgia Tech single-game records with 486 yards passing and 39 completions against Virginia, bettering the marks that he set versus Clemson in 2000 (35 completions, 454 yards) . . . Also set the record for total offense in game with 477 yards, bettering Joe Hamilton's mark of 474 . . . Threw one touchdown pass and rushed for two scores against the Cavaliers . . . Directed three 80-yard touchdown drives in the fourth quarter on which he completed 15 of 18 passes for 237 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Watkins that put Tech ahead 38-33 with 1:45 to play . . . Passed for 267 yards and three touchdowns against Wake Forest, including scoring passes of 65 and 47 yards to Will Glover . . . Scored two touchdowns rushing in Tech's win over North Carolina.

2000: Earned second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors . . . Recorded the second-best season, statistically, ever by a Tech quarterback, bettered only by the 1999 campaign of Heisman runner-up Joe Hamilton (3,060 yards, 29 TDs) . . . Passed for 2,906 yards and 23 touchdowns with only six interceptions . . . The nation's sixth-ranked passer with an efficiency rating of 151.9, also second-best in Tech history . . . Seemed to get better each game, averaging 316.3 yards passing over the final six games with 13 touchdowns and a 67-percent completion rate . . . Was remarkable in the fourth quarter, completing 53 of 72 passes (74 percent) for 607 yards and 10 touchdowns in the final period, including game-winning rallies against Clemson, North Carolina and Central Florida . . . Had strings of 132 and 120 consecutive passes without an interception, two of the four longest streaks in school history . . . Chosen Tech's Most Valuable Player. Three times named ACC Offensive Back of the Week following Tech's wins over Clemson, Virginia and Georgia . . . Turned in the most prolific performance in school history in Tech's 31-28 win at fourth-ranked Clemson . . . Threw three touchdown passes, two of them in the final seven minutes, and set school records with 454 yards passing and 35 completions on 57 attempts with no interceptions . . . Trailing 28-24 with 1:52 to play, he engineered an 80-yard drive on 11 plays, hitting Kerry Watkins from 16 yards out for the game-winner with seven seconds left; completed seven of 11 passes for 73 yards on the winning drive . . . Also directed an 80-yard drive that he capped with a 48-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Campbell with 6:52 to play . . . Followed that game with 323 yards passing (29-for-37) and two touchdowns in Tech's 35-0 shutout of Virginia, in which he guided the Tech offense to 627 total yards . . . Threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns against Maryland and ran for a third score . . . His two-yard touchdown run against the Terrapins was his first rushing touchdown in an organized football game, including high school and youth leagues . . . The following week he scored Tech's first touchdown against Georgia on a 33-yard option keeper . . . Also threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Watkins and passed for 222 yards in the win over the 19th-ranked Bulldogs, earning his third ACC Offensive Back of the Week award in four games . . . Had 187 yards passing in the decisive first half as he staked Tech to a 27-3 lead at the intermission. Had 333 yards passing (16-for-21) and four touchdowns in win over Wake Forest, including 242 yards and four touchdowns in the first half . . . Passed for 238 yards (21-for-30) and two touchdowns in Tech's win over North Carolina . . . Led fourth quarter rally in Tech's 21-17 win over UCF with two touchdown passes in the final four minutes, including the game-winner on a one-yard strike to tight end Brian Lee with 38 seconds left . . . Re-entered the game with the Jackets trailing 17-7 and facing third-and-18 at their own 35-yard line, and found Jon Muyres for 27 yards and a first down and then hit Kelly Campbell for a 23-yard scoring pass to pull the Jackets within 17-14 with 3:48 to play . . . For the game, he was 19-for-31 for 189 yards and three touchdowns in his debut as a starter . . . Completed 18 of 32 passes for 189 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown pass, in Tech's five-point loss to Florida State . . . Completed 13 straight passes in the fourth quarter, including a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jon Muyres that brought Tech within five points with 4:50 to play . . . Tossed three touchdowns against Navy, including a 50-yarder to Kelly Campbell . . . Passed for 226 yards against NC State and drove Tech to the tying touchdown, a seven-yard scoring pass to Kerry Watkins, with 1:20 left.

1999: Backup quarterback who played in four games . . . Completed five of 13 passes for 57 yards with one interception while rushing four times for 16 yards . . . Had an 11-yard run against Navy . . . Also played against Maryland, Central Florida and NC State . . . Served as the holder on placements and made one of the key plays of the season in that role . . . Against arch-rival Georgia in overtime, he recovered Luke Manget's blocked field goal attempt on third down, allowing the Jackets to kick the game-winner on fourth down.

1998: Played in six games off the bench behind Hamilton . . . Completed eight of 19 passes for 89 yards . . . Saw action against New Mexico State, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Florida State, and Wake Forest . . . Likely would have played in victories over Duke and Maryland but was nursing a pulled hamstring . . . Saw his most significant playing time against Florida State, when he completed five of 10 passes for 63 yards . . . Redshirted in 1997, when he made the travelling squad as Tech's third quarterback, but never played in a game.

HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 83 prospect in Florida by the SuperPrep post-season edition . . . As a senior, he completed 122 of 191 passes (63.9 percent) for 1,743 yards, 17 touchdowns and only six interceptions . . . A first-team all-SEC Region selection by Prep Stars magazine . . . Earned third-team 4A all-state honors . . . Rated the seventh-best quarterback in Florida by Tom Lemming . . . Also ranked the No. 8 "Sleeper" in Dixie by SuperPrep preseason magazine . . . As a junior, he completed 112 of 208 passes for 1,539 yards and 10 touchdowns . . . For his career, he completed 292 of 471 passes (61.9 percent) for 4,612 yards, 36 touchdowns and only 16 interceptions . . . Member of the National Recruiting Advisor all-America team and the 11th-rated quarterback in the nation . . . Also an excellent baseball prospect as a pitcher . . . Lettered four times in football, twice in basketball and three times in baseball . . . All-state and Tampa Tribune Top 50 pick for coach Dominick Ciao at Jesuit High.

PERSONAL: Full name is George Robert Godsey . . . Parents are John and Barbara Godsey . . . Born January 1, 1979 in Winston-Salem, N.C. . . . Father played for Bear Bryant at Alabama . . . Older brother Greg played football at the Air Force Academy . . . Younger brother Gary is a junior tight end at Notre Dame who started two games at quarterback in 2000 . . . Graduated in May of 2001 with his bachelor's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and played his final season while enrolled in graduate school, pursuing a master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a concentration in manufacturing and logistics . . . Recipient of a postgraduate scholarship award from NACDA.

CAREER STATISTICS

Passing G-GS Eff Att-Cm Int Pct Yds TD LP PG 1998 6-0 81.5 19-8 0 .421 89 0 24 14.8 1999 6-0 59.9 13-5 1 .385 57 0 16 9.5 2000 11-11 151.9 349-222 6 .636 2,906 23 72 264.2 2001 12-12 142.1 384-249 11 .648 3,085 18 72 257.1 Total 35-23 143.6 765-484 18 .633 6,137 41 72 175.3

Rushing G Att Yds Avg TD LP Ply TO TDR 1998 6 6 -22 -- 0 1 25 67 0 1999 6 4 16 3.5 0 11 17 73 0 2000 11 55 39 0.7 2 33 404 2,945 25 2001 12 66 -45 -- 4 17 450 3,040 22 Total 35 75 -12 0.5 6 33 896 6,125 47

RECORDS SET BY GEORGE GODSEY

Passing Yards (Game): 486 vs. Virginia, 2001 Passing Yards (Season): 3,085, 2001 Pass Completions (Game): 39 vs. Virginia, 2001 Pass Completions (Season): 249, 2001 Completion Pct (Career): .633 (484-765) Pass Attempts (Season): 384, 2001 Total Offense (Game): 475 vs. Virginia, 2001 Pass Eff.: (Game): 309.7 vs. Navy, 2001

 
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