Sam McNearney, Joshua Rogers and Adrian Gardner went from walk-ons to scholarship athletes
Tech scrimmaged under unseasonable conditions at Bobby Dodd Stadium
Nineteen earn academic honors for the spring semester
Yellow Jackets one-third through spring drills
The Yellow Jackets have won five straight and 12 of their last 13 home openers
A fifth-year senior non-scholarship player... a hard worker who has played a key role on the scout team... comes from Atlanta's Marist School, which has been a pipeline to Tech over the years... a good student who made the Dean's List and the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2013 (junior): Played in three games -- vs. Elon, Syracuse and Alabama A&M... both rushing attempts came vs. Alabama A&M (Nov. 23).
2012 (sophomore): Saw action in one game -- vs. Presbyterian (Sept. 8).
2011 (redshirt freshman): Saw action in two games -- vs. Western Carolina and Kansas.
2010 (true freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Marist School... played four seasons of football for coach Alan Chadwick... served one year as team captain... played quarterback, running back and safety... played in the state championship game as a senior... that game was played in the Georgia Dome... also ran track for three seasons under former Yellow Jacket Antonio McKay.
Personal: Full name is Samuel Joseph Vincent McNearney... parents are Gerry and Lisa... has four siblings -- Gerard, Stephen, Jack and Gus... Stephen graduated from Georgia Tech in 2009... cousin, Mehan Loftis, graduated from Tech in `07... born Aug. 30, 1991 in Overland Park, Kan... lived for three years in Lawrence, Kan... made the Dean's List in the fall of 2012... majoring in management.