Smelter, Green, Griffin honored

Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter (offense), nose tackle Shawn Green (defense) and safety Corey Griffin (special teams) were chosen the team’s players of the game, based on coaches’ evaluations.

“He got off to a really good start a year ago and then he kind of hit a wall,” coach Paul Johnson said of Smelter, who joined the team last fall after three seasons on the baseball team. “Hopefully now that he’s played some, he can keep it going. Because he’s got a lot of tools.”

Smelter caught five passes for 132 yards, both career bests, with two touchdowns, one going 71 yards. In his first career start, Green had four tackles, two for loss. Griffin, in his first career game, played on multiple special-teams units and impressed special-teams coordinator Ray Rychleski.

“I’m hoping he keeps coming on,” Rychleski said.

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