Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan expects to be cleared for practice by the time the Yellow Jackets begin preseason practice in early August. He acknowledged that suffering the injury April 8 in spring practice was an unfortunate setback, but he has accepted it with maturity.
“Yeah, but I’ve been given adversity my whole life, so I’ve just got to take it how it is,” Jordan told the AJC after speaking at Camp Kudzu, a camp for diabetic children and teens, in Rutledge.
Jordan had surgery to repair the foot injury – he wouldn’t specify what type of injury he suffered – and has been rehabilitating since. He is recovered to the point now where he is running, sprinting and taking part in the team’s offseason workouts before going to his summer internship at Lexicon Technologies in Conyers. He is also particpating in the team’s 7-on-7 passing drills.
“Now I’m running on a treadmill, doing lower-body work, things like that,” said Jordan, going into his junior season. “Just getting strength and stuff back in it.”
Once Tech begins preseason camp, he’ll be the leading candidate to follow Justin Thomas as the Jackets’ starting quarterback, competing with TaQuon Marshall, Lucas Johnson, Jay Jones and incoming freshman Tobias Oliver. Jordan was Thomas’ backup the past two years, most notably leading Tech to a 30-20 upset of then-No. 18 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., in the only start of his career.
For Tech fans, it is an encouraging report, as Jordan is the only quarterback on the roster with signficant experience.
“I’m very excited about it,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. It’s just something I’m excited for.”
Jordan said in the scrimmage when he hurt himself, his foot had been bothering him but not significantly. However, he planted on the foot and suffered the injury.
“I was like, Man, this (stinks), but it’s not as bad as it could be,” he said. “It could be a lot worse. You’ve got a chance to play. It’s up to you. You’ve just got to stay positive with it.”
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