FCS Graduate Tad Aycock Hopes to Move Up Georgia Tech's Depth Chart at Guard, Center
Fellowship Christian School graduate Tad Aycock has worked hard the past two seasons to show he's a team player.
The 6-foot-3, 284-pound offensive lineman expects to head back to Georgia Tech on July 22 to begin his quest to earn more playing time on the Yellow Jackets' offensive line.
"I've move around a bit on the line trying to help the team," Aycock said. "I have moved back and forth a bit at guard and center, but I have always been focused on helping my young teammates learn the system and support the starters in practice [as they prepare for Georgia Tech opponents]."
Over the past two seasons, the Yellow Jackets went 3-9 under new head coach Geoff Collins in 2019 and 7-6 in 2018 under Paul Johnson, who retired after that season.
"I think it went pretty well," Aycock said about last season. "Our defense killed it, and our offense had to adjust to a new system under Coach Collins. But we've improved in a lot of positions, and should be much better all across the board. We got much better offensively."
Collins brought a new offense to a team accustomed to running Johnson's triple-option run-oriented game.
"It was a very big difference, mostly on offense and team culture," Aycock said. "Coach Collins is a great coach. We believe in him and his system."
Aycock served as backup lineman last season after being redshirted his first season in 2018 as a true freshman. He was named to the ACC Honor Roll as a freshman.
With three years of eligibility left, Aycock eyes playing time.
"I want to push myself to be the best I can be," he said. "I want to help the team anyway I can, and be ready to get on the field."
Will COVID-19 affect the Jackets' season?
"We've heard all the worries," Aycock said. "The general consensus on the team is we can't worry about it. We need to be ready to play. We did get in a few spring practices, which should help. Some teams didn't. But we were lucky enough to get in about half of our practices."
A business finance major, Aycock worked out over the summer to prepare for the upcoming football season and served a summer internship with Inspire Brands with a focus on the Sonic brand in the accounting department.
During his Fellowship football career, Aycock helped the Paladins reach the finals of the 2016 GHSA Class A Private School Football Championships as a junior. He was twice named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's all-state team.
At FCS, Aycock was named to All Region Team three times and was a four-year letter winner as a two-way lineman, lettered in both lacrosse and track & field and placed eighth in the state in shot put his junior year.
Aycock, who graduated from Fellowship in 2018, was a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honors Society, high honor roll and Beta Club at FCS.
Aycock was recruited by Johnson and retired Tech offensive line coach Mike Sewak, who happened to coach Aycock's uncles Hunter and Sand Chadwick at Georgia Southern University. Hunter is the former AD and head football coach at Fellowship.
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