Posted by Chip Patterson
More news of players getting in trouble on Thursday, but this time the players are going to miss the bowl game. Georgia Tech announced that four players will miss Monday's Advocare Independence Bowl meeting with Air Force because of academic issues.
Senior defensive end Robert Hall and senior linebacker Anthony Barnes have been ruled academically ineligible by NCAA standards, while sophomore wide receiver Stephen Hill and senior safety Mario Edwards are both ineligible for not meeting Georgia Tech's academic requirements. Edwards and Hill would both likely have started against Air Force. Georgia Tech relies heavily on their option offense, but Hill did lead the team in receptions.
Georgia Tech definitely did not need any more players missing, especially coming into the game a little banged up. Starting quarterback Joshua Nesbitt is attempting to return to play after breaking his right forearm earlier in the season against Virginia Tech. Sophomore quarterback Tevin Washington has taken over in Nesbitt's place, and the Yellow Jackets will need to get that same kind of help without Hill and Edwards against Air Force.