Barnes, Cross, Sweeting sign as free agents
Former Georgia Tech DT slips through draft, but may have found home with Jacksonville
Yellow Jacket duo to play in prestigious all-star game Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tech's defense carried the day as Yellow Jackets thump Trojans in Sun Bowl
Postgame from the 2012 Sun Bowl
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)
Georgia Tech vs. Duke - AP Photo Gallery
Georgia Tech vs. Miami
2012 Hyundai Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player
2012 East-West Shrine Game
2012 Preseason Second Team All-ACC (Lindy's)
2012 Preseason Fourth Team All-ACC (Phil Steele)
2011 Honorable Mention All-ACC
2011 Third Team All-ACC (Phil Steele)
2011 ACC Defensive Back of the Week (10/17)
A two-year starter at cornerback... tied teammate T.J. Barnes for the most career games played in Georgia Tech history (54)... a skilled and athletic player... played as a true freshman in Tech's ACC Coastal Division championship season of 2009... emerged as a leader of the secondary as a senior... played in the East-West Shrine Game.
2012 (senior): Played and started in all 14 games... was the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Hyundai Sun Bowl... named to ESPN.com's ACC All-Bowl Team... recorded 58 tackles including 42 solo tackles... produced 6.0 tackles for loss and a sack... had one interception, a team-high seven pass break-ups and recovered one fumble... recorded six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and broke up two passes in the season opener at Virginia Tech (Sept. 3)... had six tackles, including four solo tackles, and a pass break-up vs. Miami (Sept. 29)... registered five tackles and a sack for a loss of 11 yards vs. Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 29)... had six solo tackles vs. BYU (Oct. 27)... came up big in the ACC Championship game against Florida State with six tackles (four solo tackles) and an interception of FSU's E.J. Manuel.
2011 (junior): An honorable mention All-ACC selection... started all 13 games at cornerback... his three interceptions tied for the team lead and ranked tied for 10th in the ACC... tied for fifth in the ACC in pass break-ups (10)... had 56 tackles (37 solos), 3.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery... registered six tackles (five solos) including a tackle for loss vs. Kansas (Sept. 17)... had an interception to go with five tackles and a tackle for loss vs. North Carolina (Sept. 24)... had four tackles and an interception vs. Maryland (Oct. 8)... earned his third interception of the season and his first career pick-six at Virginia (Oct. 15) when he returned a Cavalier pass 32 yards for a TD... matched a career high with eight tackles, including a half-tackle for loss vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 10).
2010 (sophomore): Played in all 13 games... recorded 38 tackles (27 solo tackles) and one tackle for loss... had one interception and one fumble recovery... his seven pass break-ups ranked second on the team... had two tackles and recovered a fumble at North Carolina (Sept. 18)... recorded four tackles (all solos) vs. NC State (Sept. 25)... had four tackles (all solos) in the win vs. Middle Tennessee State (Oct. 23)... had six tackles at Clemson (Oct. 30)... had a pair of tackles and recorded his first career interception -- off a Tyrod Taylor pass -- at Virginia Tech (Nov. 4)... had a career-high eight tackles in the win over Duke (Nov. 20)... had two tackles and first career tackle for loss vs. Air Force in the Independence Bowl.
2009 (true freshman): One of seven true freshmen to see action... played in all 14 games as a reserve in the secondary and on special teams... recorded eight tackles including seven solos... had a tackle in his first career game vs. Jacksonville State (Sept. 5)... recorded two solo tackles at Mississippi State (Oct. 3)... had two solo tackles at Florida State (Oct. 10).
High School: Luella HS... a Scout.com four-star recruit... No. 22 CB in the nation (Scout.com)... No. 28 safety in the nation (ESPN.com)... 2008 Georgia Class 5A first team all-state selection, and a two-time first team all-region... earned Golden Helmet Award for academic and athletic performance and was team MVP in 2008... played in the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Myrtle Beach, S.C... had 36 receptions for 723 yards and 10 TD's as a senior... defensively, had 58 tackles and two interceptions and also served as a kickoff and punt returner... junior season had 58 tackles, one interception, one blocked field goal, one fumble recovery and a 99-yard kickoff return... coached by Paul Burgdorf... earned three varsity letters in football and served two years as team captain.
Personal: Son of Norris and Williesa Toomer... full name is Roderick Hilary Sweeting... born Sept. 28, 1990 in Miami... has two siblings, Garrett Toomer and Tyrikka Hudson... uncle, John Henry, played basketball at Oral Roberts... enjoys riding horses and four-wheelers... started playing football at age eight... majoring in business management.
Tackles: 8 vs. Duke, Nov. 20, 2010; 8 vs. Virginia Tech, Nov. 10, 2011
TFL: 2.5 at Virginia Tech, Sept. 3, 2012
Sacks: 1 vs. MTSU, Sept. 29, 2012
FC: 1 at Duke, Nov. 19, 2011; 1 vs. Georgia, Nov. 26, 2011
FR: 1 at North Carolina, Sept. 18, 2010; 1 vs. Clemson, Oct. 29, 2011; vs. FSU, Dec. 1, 2012
Interceptions: 1, fi ve times
Interception Return: 32 at Virginia, Oct. 15, 2011
PB: 2, seven times