Three current or former walk-ons with eligibility remaining, but who won’t return — kicker Andy Elakman, linebacker Robert Hogan III and safety Stephen Mann — along with former defensive lineman Antonio Wilson, who has been medically inactive, also will be honored. All are scheduled to graduate.
Former Tech All-American Hal Miller, a co-captain of the 1952 championship team, and Georgia broadcasting legend Larry Munson, both of whom died this week, will be honored in a pregame ceremony led by Tech play-by-play voice Wes Durham. It will take place just before the senior-day recognition.
At halftime, Tech will honor several of its 14 graduates who went on to become NASA astronauts. As many as six are expected to attend the game.
Tech astronauts have accounted for more than 45 missions, orbited the Earth more than 5,200 times, traveled 180 million miles and commanded the International Space Station.
The presentation will take place before Tech and Georgia’s bands perform.
Tech is asking fans to use caution if they try to purchase tickets for Saturday’s game on the street or through a secondary market, as stolen or counterfeit tickets may exist. The ticket office can guarantee the validity only of tickets purchased through the office or from an authorized Tech ticket representative.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the most expensive asking price for a ticket on ticket resale website Stubhub was $439. That does not include the $5,000 a very optimistic ticket holder was seeking for a lower-level ticket in the west stands. The least expensive ticket was $139.
Barring mishap, Jones will break the school record for most career starts with his 51st on Saturday, out of 51 played. He has missed one game, the opener of the 2009 season. He tied former linebacker Recardo Wimbush last week.
“Since Coach Johnson trusted me my freshman year and allowed me to start, I’ve gone out and worked hard every week,” Jones told reporters Tuesday.
Reid will play his 52nd game, tying him for second all-time in school history with former cornerback Mario Butler and former defensive tackle Darryl Richard. Kicker Scott Blair holds the record with 53 games. Reid has not missed a game in his career.