Quotes from Coach Johnson and players at Tech's Media Day
All-ACC voting conducted by the league's 14 head coaches
The Yellow Jackets are leading the ACC in turnover margin
Jamal Golden and Quayshawn Nealy discuss the defense during #GTCAMP13
Georgia Tech Football sophomore defensive back Jamal Golden sat down with Wes Durham to talk about the Yellow Jackets game against Virginia and more.
No. 15 Football Rolls Green Wave, 65-10
Orange Bowl on December 31, 2014
NCAA Football: Clemson at Georgia Tech (USATSI)
Football Buries NC State (Photos by Steven Jensen)
2014 ALL-ACC, HONORABLE MENTION – SPECIALIST (ACSMA)
2015 (Redshirt Senior): Started first two games at strong safety ... Recorded two solo tackles vs. Alcorn State (Sept. 3) ... Added 16-yard kickoff return and two punt returns for 45 yards ... Had one tackle, 44-yard punt return and 34-yard kickoff return vs. Tulane (Sept. 12) ... Tallied four solo tackles, 48 yards on three punt returns, and 39 yards on two kick returns at Notre Dame (Sept. 19) ... Recorded four tackles and returned four kicks for 80 yards at Duke (Sept. 26).
2013 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started first three games of the season ... Suffered season-ending shoulder injury in third game of season vs. North Carolina (Sept. 21) ... Recorded 12 tackles (eight solo tackles) and forced fumble in those three games ... Also managed 151 yards on returns ... Had five tackles, four solo tackles and recovered fumble in season opener vs. Elon (Aug. 31) ... Recorded three tackles, two kick returns for 44 yards and one 12-yard punt return at Duke (Sept. 14) ... Registered three solo tackles and three kickoff returns for 95 yards vs. North Carolina (Sept. 21).
2012 (Sophomore): Played in all 14 games and started at safety first five games of season ... Emerged as Tech’s primary kick and punt returner by late September ... Produced 952 all-purpose yards even though he did not play snap on offense ... Ranked second on team in interceptions (3) for team-high 52 yards ... Also had 24 tackles, three pass break-ups and one forced fumble ... Ranked third in ACC in both punt return and kick return average ... Made career-first start in nationally-televised game at Virginia Tech (Sept. 3) and responded with six tackles and 21-yard kickoff return ... Made career-first interception five days later against Presbyterian (Sept. 8) ... Had punt returns of 56 and 28 yards vs. Miami (Sept. 22) ... Returned kickoff 97 yards for touchdown vs. BYU (Oct. 27) – Tech’s first kick return for TD since Oct. 31, 1998 ... Had 174 yards total of five kickoff returns against Cougars ... Topped performance two weeks later at North Carolina, returning kick 100 yards for TD (Nov. 10) ... Had 261 all-purpose yards against Tar Heels ... Picked off pass against Duke (Nov. 17) ... Had two punt returns for 56 yards and recorded key interception against USC in Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31).
2011 (True Freshman): Played in 11 games ... Was top back-up in secondary, but most of action came on special teams ... Recorded eight tackles (6 solos) ... Also had one pass break-up ... Made career debut at Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 10) and had one tackle ... Recorded tackle vs. Kansas (Sept. 17) ... Had two tackles in key road win at NC State (Oct. 1) ... Also had tackles vs. Maryland, Virginia and Utah.
High School: Wetumpka HS ... Played four seasons, including three as team captain, for coach Chad Anderson ... Played cornerback, quarterback and was punt and kick returner ... Led Indians to Class 6A area championship as senior ... Earned all-state, all-area and all-metro honors ... Named Alabama’s Old Spice Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Football in state of Alabama ... Produced 3,477 yards of total offense and 37 touchdowns ... Passed for 2,351 yards and 23 touchdowns ... Added 1,148 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns ... Also played four seasons of both basketball and baseball.
Personal: Full name is Javonta Jamal Golden ... Has older brother, Tavares ... Cousin, Reggie Golden, was selected in second round of 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by Chicago Cubs ... Born March 4, 1993, in Montgomery, Ala. ... Majoring in business administration.