Redshirt senior safety Isaiah Johnson picking up where he left off in 2012
Yellow Jacket defensive back and return specialist receives medical hardship waiver from NCAA
Georgia Tech (3-0, 2-0 ACC) earned its eighth straight home win in the series.
Vad Lee threw for two touchdowns and ran for one more in Georgia Tech's 70-0 rout of Elon in their season opener on Saturday.
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.
Yellow Jackets hold Hokies to 55 rushing yards, but fall 17-10.
Georgia Tech Overwhelms USC for 21-7 Sun Bowl Victory
Tevin Washington threw for a touchdown pass and ran for another in the win.
2012 ACC Championship (Photos by Danny Karnik)
Yellow Jackets shut out Seminoles in second half, but potential game-winning drive falters.
In The Tech Record Books
Anxious to return to action after missing most of 2013 with an injury... was granted a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA in June... one of the top return specialists in college football and a candidate to start in Tech's deep secondary... was the only player in the NCAA in 2012 to rank in the top 10 nationally in both kickoff returns and punt returns... ranked sixth in punt returns (14.59) and 10th in kickoff return average (28.35)... prior to 2012, Georgia Tech had not returned a kickoff since Oct. 31, 1998 -- Golden returned two kicks for touchdowns in `12... also a versatile defender who can play safety, corner or the nickel... was a talented dual-threat quarterback at Wetumpka (Ala.) High School -- the same school that produced former Yellow Jacket QB Tevin Washington... briefly joined the Yellow Jacket baseball team in the spring of 2012.
2013: Started the first three games of the season... suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the third game of the season vs. North Carolina (Sept. 21)... recorded 12 tackles (eight solo tackles) and forced a fumble in those three games... also managed 151 yards on returns... had five tackles, four solo tackles and recovered a fumble in the 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 the first five games of the season... emerged as Tech's primary kick and punt returner by late September... produced 952 all-purpose yards even though he did not play a snap on offense... ranked second on the team in interceptions (3) that he returned a team-high 52 yards... also had 24 tackles, three pass break-ups and one forced fumble... ranked third in the ACC in both punt return and kick return average... made his first career start in the nationally-televised game at Virginia Tech (Sept. 3) and responded with six tackles and a 21-yard kickoff return... made his first career interception five days later against Presbyterian (Sept. 8)... had punt returns of 56 and 28 yards vs. Miami (Sept. 22)... returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown vs. BYU (Oct. 27) -- Tech's first kick return for a TD since Oct. 31, 1998... had 174 yards total of five kickoff returns against the Cougars... topped that performance two weeks later at North Carolina when he returned a kick 100 yards for a TD (Nov. 10)... had 261 all-purpose yards against the Tar Heels... picked off a pass against Duke (Nov. 17)... had two punt returns for 56 yards and recorded a key interception against USC in the Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31).
2011 (true freshman): Played in 11 games... was a top back-up in the secondary, but most of his action came on special teams... recorded eight tackles (6 solos)... also had one pass break-up... made his career debut at Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 10) and had one tackle... recorded a 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 a punt and kick returner... led the Indians to the class 6A area championship as a 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 the 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 an older brother, Tavares... cousin, Reggie Golden, was selected in the second round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs... born March 4, 1993 in Montgomery, Ala... majoring in business administration.