07/22/11: Sports Shorts

Tech A-back Jones nominated for AFCA Good Works Team

Senior A-back Roddy Jones has been nominated for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team along with 21 others. The award is given to college football athletes who volunteer and contribute regularly to their community.

In order to qualify for the award, the players must be actively exhibiting commitment to working with charitable organizations, while staying in good academic standing.

Jones has been a three-year starter for the Jackets at A-back, leading the ACC with an average of 7.5 yards a carry. Jones also returns the second-most starts in the ACC with 39 career starts.

While not being a leader on the field, Jones acts as the president of the Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board. Jones also volunteers at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta along with activities such as the Special Olympics of Georgia, the KIPP Strive Academy, The Heat Track Club, the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive and the BlazeSports Charity Wheelchair Basketball game.

Among all of the nominees, 22 will be selected to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in late Sept.

GCAA names White to All-America Scholar list

Tech golf standout James White has been named an All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. White joins the company of 137 other players in Division I golf.

In order to qualify, White had to participate in two years at the college level, while having at least a 3.2 GPA, participating in 70 percent of the team’s competitive rounds and holding a stroke average under 76.0.

While working toward a degree in management, White has had one of the most successful individual seasons in school history. The junior earned ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors after leading the Jackets to their third consecutive ACC title.

White finished the season ranked as one of the top 10 players in the country. He became the 13th Tech golfer to be named a GCAA All-America Scholar, along with several current PGA golfers.

Men’s Tennis signs No. 30 overall recruit in 2011 class

Head Coach Kenny Thorne announced that Vikram Hundal of Chattahoochee High School signed a letter of intent to play for the Jackets on July 11.

Hundal, the No. 30 overall recruit for the 2011 class, posted a 35-15 record since July 2010. He reached the round of 16 at the USTA National Open in May and the quarterfinals at the USTA National Spring Championship.

Hundal posted a 9-4 against other five-star tennis players in the last year. In his four years at Chattahoochee, Hundal lost only three matches and led his team to the AAAA quarterfinals in 2011.

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