September 12, 2015 Atlanta - Georgia Tech cheerleader team member waves a giant Georgia Tech flag in the first half against the Tulane Green Wave at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 12, 2015. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Kicker Brenton King burns redshirt

Georgia Tech freshman kicker Brenton King received his first game action of the season, kicking an extra point and field goal and taking two kickoffs in relief of Shawn Davis.

King, who along with freshman offensive lineman Connor Hansen played their first games of the season, became the eighth and ninth member of the 2017 class to play this season in Tech’s 33-7 win over North Carolina Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

King made his extra point in the third quarter after wide receiver Ricky Jeune’s 12-yard touchdown reception gave Tech a 23-0 lead. His field goal, from 25 yards, extended the lead to 27-0. He pooched one kickoff and kicked a second to the North Carolina 1-yard line.

“I just wanted to let the other guys kick,” coach Paul Johnson said. “It was an opportunity. Brenton had been early in the year, and who knows when you might need him. I wanted him to get in the game and kick some.”

The other freshmen who have played this season are linebackers JaQuan Henderson, Bruce Jordan-Swilling and T.D. Roof, B-back Jerry Howard, punter Pressley Harvin, cornerback Jaytlin Askew and defensive lineman Antwan Owens. There were 24 signees in the class.

No. 3 kicker Bennett Barton took the final point-after try of the game, missing when the ball struck the upright.

“There’s not a chance sometimes for those guys to play,” Johnson said. “I thought it’d be nice to let him kick an extra point.”

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